As the royal wedding nears, and the overseas guests begin to arrive, everyone is obsessed with who we can, and can’t expect to see on Saturday. And now, a junior member of the Royal Family has spoken out about the number of family members not invited, despite attending Kate Middleton and Prince Williams wedding in 2011.
According to the Daily Mail, many of the family members Prince Harry grew up with in Kensington Palace aren’t on the royal guest list, including the children and grandchildren of the Queen’s cousins, the Duke of Kent, Duke of Gloucester, Prince Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra.
One young family member told the publication, ‘I’m not going, and nor are lots of Kents and Gloucesters, but we’re not allowed to say it. I’m going to get into trouble if I’m the one that says it.’
Despite being on the Buckingham Palace balcony at last year’s Trooping the Colour, the source revealed that both Lord Frederick Windsor and Lady Gabriella Windsor, who are the Queen’s cousin, Prince Michael’s children, aren’t invited. They had previously attended all of the big royal weddings, from Prince Andrew to Prince William.
Further royals that won’t be attending include Lady Davina Lewis, the Duke of Gloucester’s daughter and her husband, Gary Lewis. They’re joined by Lady Helen Taylor, the Duke of Kent’s daughter and his two granddaughters, Lady Amelia and Lady Marina Windsor.
Both Amelia and Marina have received much press attention, with Amelia developing a large Instagram following and promising modelling career. According to The Sun, ‘they were a little surprised not to be invited as they were looking forward to going.’
The reasons to why the younger royals weren’t invited remain to be known. There is certainly enough space in St. George’s Chapel, which holds 800 people yet only 600 have been invited. However, some have suggested it is Prince Charles’s idea, as he favours a ‘slimmed down’ monarchy.
Or perhaps since this wedding isn’t a full state occasion unlike Prince William and Kate Middleton’s (as Prince William will one day be King whereas Prince Harry will not), the guest list is simply different.
We’ll have to keep our eyes peeled on Saturday who is and who isn’t attending, and we’ll be watching alongside the younger royals it seems...
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