Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may have moved an ocean away from the UK but they can’t seem to escape rumours about them. Specifically, the Sussexes cannot escape being painted as the ‘bad guys’ of the Royal Family.
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It is constant that the couple is portrayed as the people hurting their family members. Whether it’s about making the Princess of Wales cry or, now, about ‘snubbing’ King Charles and declining to attend his birthday party, the villainising never stops.
About this party, two sides have now emerged. On one hand rumours about the Sussexes not going and, on the other, Prince Harry and his wife making an official statement saying that they were never invited in the first place.
Prince Harry and Meghan snub King Charles
On 5 October The Sunday Times reported that Prince Harry was not going to attend the gathering King Charles is organising for his birthday on 14 November. According to The Sun, a ‘friend of King Charles’ spoke to the newspaper and said:
When he (King Charles) gets to the end of another successful work day and thinks of his family, there will always be a twinge in his heart about a problem he hasn’t been able to solve yet.
There are issues that aren’t resolved and there won’t be a rapprochement any time soon.
But that doesn’t change the King’s love for his son. He’ll never not invite his son to a family gathering, because that’s not who he is.
It is then understood that Prince Harry had no plan of visiting the UK, therefore declining his father’s invitation.
Prince Harry and Meghan respond
But, on Monday 6 October, there was a plot twist. The Sussexes addressed The Sunday Times directly when a spokesperson reportedly told the Daily Mail:
There has been no contact regarding an invitation to His Majesty's upcoming birthday. It is disappointing the Sunday Times has misreported this story.
This new statement would mean that the narrative leading people to think that King Charles was snubbed is wrong and that King Charles may be doing the snubbing himself.
Could Prince Harry attend his father’s birthday party?
In short, Prince Harry attending his father's party is more than unlikely. Indeed, the rumours and the fact that the Sussexes allegedly responded indicate that the ‘feud’ between members of the Royal Family is still truly alive. Moreover, these new rumours carried by a ‘friend of King Charles’ talking to The Sunday Times could likely be perceived as the Firm planting a story.
Indeed, let’s not forget that this new story which paints the Sussexes as mean and hurtful is coming out after Byline Times has released the results of its investigation which allege that the Palace or at least ‘an aide to Prince William’ was paid to provide stories to The Sun about Prince Harry and Meghan.
Byline also puts forward the idea that royals thought ‘the threat of exposure would force Harry and Meghan to return to the UK’.
However, in light of these new rumours, it seems like this plan to make the Sussexes return is not going to work but instead drive them further away.
The Sun: FRESH HARRY 'SNUB' Prince Harry ‘snubs’ Charles AGAIN as Duke ‘rejects invitation to King’s 75th birthday party’
Daily Mail: Harry and Meghan insist Charles snubbed THEM over his 75th birthday party: New family row as couple say they had 'no contact' from Palace amid claims they refused to go - as friends suggest story was 'briefed to distract from Kenya trip'
Byline Times: Exploding ‘Megxit’: How Dan Wootton and a Cash-for-Leaks Scandal Split the Monarchy
Byline Times: Exploding ‘Megxit’: Our Royalty and Press Paint a Distorted Portrait of Britain