Harry and Meghan criticised for snubbing invite to Scottish town

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been criticised for not visiting Dumbarton in Scotland [Image: Getty]

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married last year, they became known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

But the royal newlyweds were also given the title of Earl and Countess of Dumbarton as a wedding gift from the Queen.

Royal snub

However, word is the couple have yet to visit the Scottish town of Dumbarton, despite an official invite being sent.

That’s right - 435 days after Harry was given the title, he and his wife are yet to take up the offer of the Lord Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire, Michael Gregory OBE, to visit the region.

Dumbarton officials have been left disappointed by the apparent snub, according to the Daily Record.

A source told the Scottish paper, “It’s understood that Harry and Meghan have been invited by the Lord Lieutenant but they have yet to accept it.

“A visit from them would no doubt give the area a boost. It’s something people had been looking forward to.”

Meghan and Harry were a huge hit on their official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018. Photo: Getty Images.

Travel plans

Of whether there were plans for the new parents to visit, Lord Lieutenant Gregory said, “At the moment all I can say is they are not.”

However, he added that it does “not preclude a visit in the future”.

The couple’s absence from Dumbarton contrasts with their official visit to Sussex last October.

Of their future Scottish plans, a palace source said, “Harry and Meghan hope to visit the area within the next year.”

Before the Prince was given the ancient title of Earl of Dumbarton, it had not been in use since 1749.

Harry, 34, and Meghan’s two-month-old son Archie would be entitled to inherit the Scottish earldom, although the couple have previously said they would not be accepting titles for him.

Additional reporting by Lauren Clark.

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