Many world leaders gathered at Buckingham Palace on Sunday night for what is being dubbed the “reception of the century” ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral event. Around 500 guests, including presidents, prime ministers, and royals from all over the world, gathered under the patronage of King Charles III to honor Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

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King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla were joined in welcoming guests by Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Prince and Princess of Wales, Prince Edward and Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Anne, Princess Royal, and other active members of the royal family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle, were not present, which caught everyone’s attention.

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The drama started when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were denied entry to a pre-funeral event for world leaders at Buckingham Palace. Press reports informed that the couple would not be attending the Saturday event.

Meghan and Harry appear to have been uninvited to the state reception at Buckingham Palace. Additionally, it is unknown who decided to cancel their invitation. However, evidence suggests that King Charles III was persuaded to do so by members of the Royal Family’s staff. 

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According to recent reports, Harry had been informed that he couldn’t wear his uniform to the queen’s final vigil. Finally, King Charles intervened and gave Harry and Prince William permission to wear their uniforms. According to a statement from Buckingham Palace, “the King has requested that they both wear uniforms.”