‘Why Harry and Meghan have ‘not been invited’ to mark anniversary of Queen’s death’

Soon the Royal Family will mark the first anniversary of the Queen's death, but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are said to have "not been invited" to the gathering, according to a royal expert.

Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96 on 8 September 2022 at Balmoral in Scotland, after reigning for 70 years.

Historian, writer and broadcaster Tessa Dunlop spoke exclusively to OK! and said there's going to be a "royal gathering at Balmoral" for the family to commemorate the Queen in private, without any public events planned.

Missing from the gathering will be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who "haven't actively been invited" and "aren't around", said royal expert Tessa.

She said: "It's the idea of an open invitation for Harry and Meghan to Balmoral, which obviously for them, it's not a natural home for them.

"But they haven't been actively invited to the commemoration.

"They're not going to be in the country anyway, as Harry will probably be at the Invictus Games in Germany at the same time."

Tessa went on to say: "It's a low-key family gathering in Balmoral for the family to remember the parting of the Queen.

"It overlaps the date when the Queen died and the Invictus Games with Harry which is on September 9.

"So they haven't actively been invited to the gathering".

She added: "But what's the point if they're not going to come? You invite people if you think they're going to come and they're going to be around, but it's clear they're not around, therefore they won't be coming".

Attending the Balmoral service Tessa said she believes it will be "the senior members of the Royal Family" including King Charles and Queen Camilla, The Prince and Princess of Wales with their three children, George, Charlotte and Louis as well as Princess Anne and The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.

Tessa said it's likely there will be a "remembrance service at Crathie Kirk" – a small church near Balmoral which is a regular place of worship for the Royal Family.

Talking further about the first anniversary of the Queen's death, the royal expert said: "It's always a slightly odd day for a King or Queen as it marks the day of their succession.

"And also the death of Charles' mother, so it's quite conflicted."

"It will be a quiet day of reflection and it will be in keeping with how the late Queen remembered her own father."

She added: "One of the conveniences of having a Coronation is that it can be more of a celebration of the succession of Charles because it's separated from the Queen's death."

The UK had a national mourning period of ten days following the monarch's death and a state funeral was held at Westminster Abbey on September 19 2022, followed by a committal service at St George's Chapel, Windsor.

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