King Charles and Queen Camilla may 'miss wedding of the year' after invite snub

King Charles and Queen Camilla.
King Charles and Queen Camilla could miss the "wedding of the year -Credit:Getty Images

King Charles and Queen Camilla are reportedly yet to RSVP to what's being dubbed the "wedding of the year", with the event just three weeks away.

The Royal couple have not confirmed in writing whether they will be attending the nuptials of the Duke of Westminster, Hugh Grosvenor, and his fiancee Olivia Henson, sparking rumours of tension between the families. This follows an incident in 2004 when the King and Queen declined an invitation to the wedding of the duke's sister, Lady Tamara Grosvenor.

Lady Grosvenor wed Edward van Custem, a godson of His Majesty, at Chester Cathedral - the same venue for this year's upcoming wedding. At that time, Camilla, then known as Parker Bowles, was informed she could not sit with Prince Charles and would need to sit several rows back and arrive separately, reports the Mirror.

This was due to the attendance of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, along with Princes William and Harry. MailOnline's Royal correspondent Richard Eden quoted a source saying: "Their Majesties have not forgotten what happened at the wedding of Hugh's sister. There is still a lot of tension that exists."

Renowned Royal writer Sarah Bradford disclosed that a significant row erupted, with the Queen telling an infuriated Charles that the existing situation was unacceptable. A palace source at the time illuminated the issue adding: "Her Majesty is a stickler for protocol. It would be inappropriate for Mrs Parker Bowles to sit beside Prince Charles since she has no official standing."

The unpleasant atmosphere deepened following allegations of a falling-out between Emilie van Cutsem, the groom's mother, and Camilla after they reportedly criticised each other's children. Under this strain, Charles withdrew from the event just days before it unfolded, claiming he had a visit scheduled to Warminster barracks to meet families of soldiers stationed in Iraq, while his partner was "otherwise engaged".

Charles and Camilla.
Charles and Camilla have reportedly not responded to their invite, with the wedding just three weeks away -Credit:Getty Images

Amidst the unfolding drama, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been left out of the guest list for next months nuptials, despite Hugh reportedly being godfather to their son Prince Archie. It is suggested that the duke feels their presence, despite receiving an erroneous save-the-date invite, might enhance tensions amongst the Royal Family.

An insider close to the Sussexes relayed: "Harry called Hugh and said it would be too awkward if he and Meghan Markle attended, so he made his apologies and Hugh understood."

While the Prince and Princess of Wales and their eldest offspring, Prince George - Hugh's godson - are invited, Catherine is not anticipated to join as shes undergoing cancer treatment.

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