Royal snub? Why William and Kate weren't at family wedding

Sarah Carty
Features & Style Editor
Kate Middleton and Prince William didn't attend the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor at Windsor Castle. Photo: Getty Images

Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding was a family affair, with not only the Queen, Prince Harry and Princess Beatrice showing up in their finest attire, but also Kate Middleton’s parents and her siblings in attendance.

However, there was no sign of the Duchess of Cambridge at the Windsor Castle nuptials, or her 36-year-old husband, the Duke of Cambridge, for that matter.

Thomas Kingston and Lady Gabriella Windsor kiss as they leave St George's Chapel after their wedding. Photo: Getty Images
Prince Harry chatted with his grandmother, The Queen, outside the chapel. Photo: Getty Images
Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, Princess Beatrice of York and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi arrive ahead of the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel. Photo: Getty Images

Prince William and Kate Middleton skipped the wedding of the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, who married her long-term boyfriend Thomas Kingston, at the church where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said their ‘I do’s’ on the same weekend in May last year.

It turns out Prince William had prior commitments he would have been unable to get out of - the Duke is the President of the Football Association and the FA Cup Final was held on the same day as the wedding.

"The Duke of Cambridge, President of the FA, will attend the 2019 FA Cup Final between Manchester City and Watford at Wembley Stadium, and will present the trophy to the winners,” Kensington Palace said in a statement during the week.

Despite Prince William and Kate Middleton not being in attendance, the whole Middleton clan were there. Photo: Getty Images
James Middleton attended with his French girlfriend, Alizee Thevenet. Photo: Getty Images

It’s not known exactly why the 37-year-old Duchess of Cambridge decided to skip the happy celebration at Windsor Castle, although it’s likely she’s preparing for the Chelsea Flower Show this week, where she will present her own ‘Back to Nature’ garden.

“The woodland wilderness garden aims to get people back to nature, and highlight the benefits of the natural world on our mental and physical wellbeing,: Kensington Palace wrote in a picture of Kate swinging on a rope swing.

Prince William is the President of the FA and is pictured handing out medals after the final. Photo: Getty Images

“In recent years I have focused much of my work on the early years, and how instrumental they are for outcomes later in life. I believe that spending time outdoors when we are young can play a role in laying the foundations for children to become happy, healthy adults,” Kate said.

Kate Middleton’s sister-in-law, Meghan Markle, was also nowhere to be seen at Lady Gabriella’s wedding.

But after only giving birth two weeks’ ago, we presume the Duchess of Sussex was enjoying time with her newborn son, Archie Mountbatten Windsor.

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