It appears that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not invited to an official reception hosted by King Charles at Buckingham Palace tomorrow evening.
The couple received an invitation to attend the major event for world leaders and foreign royals earlier this week, but are unlikely to attend after palace officials insisted it is only for British royals.
It remained unclear last night why they had received a summons to an event where aides to the royal family insisted they were not expected.
Sources close to the couple appeared baffled, while palace aides continued to insist they were not invited and not expected to attend.
The US President, Joe Biden, will be among hundreds of heads of state who will be welcomed in London on this eve Queen Elizabeth IIFuneral.
Presidents and Prime Ministers from all over the world will be in London over the weekend along with members of the royal family, governors general and ambassadors.
As dusk falls tomorrow, they will be transported through the gates of Buckingham Palace before entertaining at the picture gallery and government apartments.
Despite the grandeur of their surroundings, the reception will be silent, with guests being asked to wear lounge suits or morning dress, with no military hats or decorations.
Guests will be welcomed by members of the royal family including the Prince and Princess of Wales, Princess Royal, Earl and Countess of Wessex. Drinks and appetizers will be served.
Guests will include ambassadors from North Korea and Iran as well as Empress Masako of Japan, who will accompany Emperor Naruhito, despite his largely withdrawing from public life two decades ago.
Confusion over the attendance of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex follows similar mixed messages Prince HarryHe is entitled to wear a military uniform this week.
It points to a lack of communication between the US and UK camps, as well as uncertainty about how to treat Harry and Meghan as sad members of the Queen’s family.
It turned out yesterday that the King gave his personal permission for Prince Harry to wear a military uniform when he staged a vigil in his grandmother’s coffin this evening. Harry will form a guard of honor at Westminster Hall alongside all seven of his cousins, from the oldest, Peter Phillips, 43, to the youngest James, Viscount Severn, 14. The Prince of Wales will stand at the head of the coffin and his brother at the foot.
“At the king’s request, they will both be wearing military uniforms,” a palace source said.
Other grandchildren will be wearing the morning coat and dark formal dress.
Prince William, 40, will be surrounded by Zara Tindall, 41, and her brother Peter Phillips. Prince Harry, 38, will be flanked by Princess Beatrice, 34, Princess Eugenie, 32, Lady Louise Windsor, 18, and her brother Viscount in the middle of the coffin.
The source added: “The grandchildren are very keen to have their respects held – just as their parents do.”