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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will not join other members of the royal family at a Buckingham Palace reception for world leaders traveling to London for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.
PEOPLE understands that while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were originally invited to Sunday’s event, the palace now says the reception is “for working members of the royal family.”
Hosted by King Charles and Queen Camilla, overseas heads of state and official guests who traveled to London for Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral on Monday will be welcomed. Around 2,000 people are expected to gather at Westminster Abbey for the event.
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On Saturday evening, Prince Harry will join his seven cousins as they watch Queen Elizabeth’s coffin in Westminster Hall, where it lies in state and has been visited by thousands of mourners since Wednesday.
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While it was announced earlier this week that only working members of the royal family with military rank would wear their service uniforms for the Queen’s funeral, Prince Harry – who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan during his career 10 years in the British Army – His military regalia will be worn for the vigil.
The update comes “at the request of the King,” according to a palace source, and the decision was made not to ask Prince Harry for a change, PEOPLE has learned. The Duke of Sussex was happy to wear whatever was asked, PEOPLE understands, and is focused on honoring his grandmother.
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Prince Harry, who turned 38 on Thursday, and Meghan, 41, traveled to Europe from their home in California for a series of charity events when Queen Elizabeth died on September 8.
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On September 10, Meghan and Harry joined Prince William and Kate Middleton at Windsor Castle to pay tribute to the late Queen and greet well-wishers. Prince William, who invited his brother and sister-in-law to join him and Kate, saw the trip as “an important show of unity at a very difficult time for the family,” a source said. royal PEOPLE.
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The couple were at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday when Queen Elizabeth’s coffin arrived from Scotland, and joined members of the royal family on Wednesday for a service at Westminster Hall after Prince Harry joined his father, brother and other members of the royal family. a family in procession through London.