Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are truly “in exile” following the palace’s “significant” decision not to invite them to the King’s Birthday Parade, according to the journalist behind the story, Richard Eden.
“Significantly, when Harry and Meghan stepped down from royal duties, officials were very keen to stress that they would still be invited to events like Trooping the Colour,” he tells Mail+’s Palace Confidential. “So the fact that they weren’t invited is very significant.”
The Daily Mail’s editor-in-chief Rebecca English points out that, coupled with the expiry of the lease on his Frogmore Cottage property, this adds to his ‘rootlessness’ and the couple’s distance from the land they once owned. called home.
“It really highlights the somewhat uprooted character he has in the UK,” she says. “Honestly everyone I speak to says they can never see Meghan come back here, they really can’t. But Harry will have to come here for practical reasons.’
Eden believes that “it’s really an exile for Harry and Meghan now.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (pictured in September 2021) are truly ‘in exile’ following the Palace’s ‘significant’ decision not to invite them to the King’s Birthday Parade, according to the journalist behind the story, Richard Eden
This year’s event is particularly significant as it is the first since Charles ascended the throne last September. But while the British royal family is usually in attendance for the occasion, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have not been invited, according to The Daily Mail’s Richard Eden.
He wrote in his column: ‘When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down from their royal duties three years ago, Queen Elizabeth said they would ‘always be dearly loved members of my family’.
And Buckingham Palace officials were keen to emphasize that they would continue to be invited to family events. However, I hear that Prince Harry and Meghan have not been invited to the King’s Birthday Parade this coming weekend.
“It will be the first time in Harry’s life that he has not been invited to the monarch’s official birthday celebrations.”
“I’m afraid it’s a reflection of the current state of affairs,” says a source.
Harry and Meghan traveled from California last year for Trooping the Color, which was part of the late Queen’s platinum anniversary weekend.
The couple had been invited by the late monarch to attend the ceremony along with other members of the royal family from offices overlooking Horse Guards Parade.
However, they were not asked to be on the balcony of Buckingham Palace later in the day for the official flypast.
“Significantly, when Harry and Meghan stepped down from royal duties, officials were very keen to emphasize that they would still be invited to events like Trooping the Colour,” Richard Eden (pictured) tells Mail+’s Palace Confidential. “So the fact that they weren’t invited is very significant.”
The monarch’s official birthday is celebrated each year with a military parade and march past, known as Trooping the Colour. The troops participating in the parade are composed of fully trained, operational troops from the Household Division.
Elsewhere in the latest installment of Mail+’s Palace Confidential series, The Daily Mail’s royal editor Rebecca discussed the Prince and Princess of Wales’s approach to their duties.
During the episode, the expert noted that Prince William and Kate quite often appear in public without each other.
Earlier this week, the Prince of Wales attended a documentary screening with his aunt, the Duchess of Edinburgh.
Rebecca explained why Kate wasn’t with William on this occasion, saying, “They’re quite respectful of each other’s great passions.
And there are the children too. They always try to make sure that one of them is around at a certain time of the day to do the school run.
The Daily Mail’s royal editor, Rebecca English (pictured), discussed the Prince and Princess of Wales’s approach to their duties in the latest installment of Mail+’s Palace Confidential series
“They want to be hands-on parents, and they can’t do that if they’re both doing odd jobs at night.”
Rebecca then agreed with host Jo Elvin that it was a “perfectly normal household arrangement.”
Richard Eden, editor of the Daily Mail’s Diary, noted that it was ‘quite unusual’ for the Duchess of Edinburgh to accompany Prince William on an engagement, saying: ‘She’s also quite interested in conservation.
“So it was quite normal for Sophie to be there […] the Palace thought it would be nice if Sophie joined him because of her interest in the subject.
On Tuesday night, the Duchess of Edinburgh enjoyed a rare joint engagement with the Prince of Wales – and royal experts said it’s a clear sign of just how important Sophie has become to the royal family.
The 58-year-old mother-of-two, dressed in a £1,350 purple-print midi dress by Erdem, attended the screening of Rhino Man at the newly refurbished Battersea Power Station in southwest London with 40-year-old Prince William. London.
It’s a rare sight to see Prince Edward’s wife on an outing with just the heir to the British throne – but royal pundits have said it’s a clear indication of her new and improved status within The Firm.
During the episode, the expert noted how Prince William and Kate (pictured together) appear in public without each other quite often
Speaking to FEMAIL, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said the couple’s engagement together was “unusual, but it highlighted Sophie’s role as one of the hardest-working members of the royal family.”
“William and Catherine have a unique profile as the world’s most glamorous royal couple with an enormous soft power range. Sophie has clearly established herself as their indispensable support,” said the expert.
He added that the Duchess’s “considerable charm” and her similar style to Princess Anne – both of whom share a “low-key approach” – have made her a great asset to The Firm.
The royal expert continues: “There is periodic interest in what she wears, but she and her husband Edward are not in the eye of the media frenzy. That’s how they prefer it.’
However, they are crucial to the monarchy’s charitable role, which is one of its most important functions. Yesterday’s event put this firmly in the spotlight.
Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince Louis pose for a group photo with volunteers taking part in the Big Help Out, during a visit to the 3rd Upton Scouts Hut in Slough, west London on May 8, 2023, where the family helped to save the building to renovate and improve
Her style is similar to Princess Anne, as she prefers a calm approach to her duties. This includes traveling to conflict areas such as South Sudan and Sierra Leone.’
Royal author Phil Dampier, meanwhile, explained: ‘Sophie is going to be a huge star in the royal family and boy do they need her!
Now that Harry and Meghan and Prince Andrew are off the scene, the King has a slimmed down monarchy, but maybe it’s slimmed down too much.
‘He and the Queen and Princess Anne are in their seventies and others, like the Duke of Kent, are approaching retirement.
Sophie is a much bigger star than her husband Edward. She has a natural warmth and is a good walker. She went quietly to work, just like Anne, and made several visits abroad.’
“She has matured tremendously and seeing her by William’s side is an indication of her new status,” the author concluded.
On Tuesday night, the Duchess of Edinburgh enjoyed a rare joint engagement with the Prince of Wales (pictured together during a private screening of Rhino Man)
Earlier this week, former BBC correspondent Jennie Bond said Okay magazine how Sophie — previously dubbed The Firm’s “secret weapon” by royal author Victoria Murphy — has the “common touch” thanks to her “normal life” before marrying into the royal family.
“It’s so much clearer now that Sophie is an important member of the roster of working royals,” Jennie said. “I think people really took to her heart, especially after she showed her obvious grief over her loss Prince Philip and the queen.’
The former PR girl, who has been married to Prince Edward for 24 years, is said to be a firm favorite of Queen Elizabeth, who reportedly considered her to be the safest of the royal family’s hands.
Jenny added: “Sophie is definitely one of the new female stars of the show – elegant, engaging and empathetic.”
The senior royal is the patron of over 70 charities and organisations, including Childline, and was recently spotted putting her best foot forward at Shooting Star Children’s Hospice in London.