Alert: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Were Not Invited to Trooping the Colour 2024

Alert: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Were Not Invited to Trooping the Colour 2024

Chances are, you have a birthday-obsessed friend (and if you can't think of one...surprise! It's probs you 😬). Now, take that general ~vibe~ and multiply it by a thousand. Welp, turns out that's the gist of Trooping the Colour—aka the reigning British monarch's official bday. And this year, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will be missing the festivities.

Earlier today, People confirmed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not invited to King Charles's birthday celebration this year, which is set to take place on June 15. (FYI, this is the second year in a row that (1) the royal couple hasn't been invited to the event, and (2) it's been under Harry's father's reign.)

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Trooping the Colour 2023.Victoria Jones - PA Images - Getty Images

A not-so-subtle reminder that prior to 2023, Prince Harry had been invited to every Trooping the Colour parade since he was old enough to attend, so the decision to be excluded from this year's guest list yet again is kiiiiind of a huge blow.

And to make matters more yikes, last week, it was reported that the November 2016 statement Prince Harry made confirming his relationship with Meghan for the first time was no longer available on the British royal family's website.

According to Newsweek, the statement had to have been deleted between December 3 and December 10, 2023, as the archive site Wayback Machine was able to access it on the former, but not a week later on the latter.

In case ya needed a refresher, the Duke of Sussex's communications secretary Jason Knauf released the statement as a plea to the media and internet trolls to stop the "wave of abuse and harassment" experienced by Meghan in the weeks after she and Harry first began officially dating.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding date is announced
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"[Harry] has asked for this statement to be issued in the hopes that those in the press who have been driving this story can pause and reflect before any further damage is done. He knows that it is unusual to issue a statement like this, but hopes that fair-minded people will understand why he has felt it necessary to speak publicly," it read, in part. (Psssst: You can read it in full right this way.)

On the bright side, despite all this ^^ Meghan and Harry seem to be more unified than ever and recently had a date night in honor of their six-year anniversary at Lucky's, a steakhouse in the town of Montecito where they've lived since 2020.

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