Royal experts have criticized Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for publicly clarifying that they were not invited to King Charles’ 75th birthday celebration. The couple’s spokesperson released a statement on November 14, 2023, denying media reports that Harry had declined an invitation to the event, stating instead that they had not received an invitation at all.
The timing of the couple’s statement was questioned by royal experts, who suggested that it was inappropriate to release such a personal matter during a time of celebration for the royal family. “The timing of this statement is incredibly insensitive,” one royal expert told The Daily Telegraph. “They could have easily waited until after the king’s birthday to address this issue.”
Another royal expert said that the statement “only served to widen the rift” between Harry and Meghan and the rest of the royal family. “This is just another example of how Harry and Meghan are willing to put their own needs ahead of the family,” the expert said.
The couple’s decision to publicly clarify their invitation status has also been seen as a way of deflecting attention from their own controversial actions. “They are trying to control the narrative and make themselves look like the victims,” one royal expert said. “But in reality, they are just adding fuel to the fire.“
It remains to be seen whether Harry and Meghan’s decision to publicly address their invitation status will have any impact on their relationship with the royal family. However, the timing of their statement has certainly damaged their already fragile reputation.