Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s royal wedding will no doubt have more than its fair share of famous attendees filing into the pews at St. George’s Chapel this Friday, but there are a few members of the royal family who may not be sticking around to celebrate.
According to Marie Claire, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry reportedly may have to leave the festivities early in order to prepare for their upcoming trip to Australia. While the duke and duchess will likely be present at the ceremony (and no doubt feeling some serious nostalgia, considering it’s happening in the same location where their own royal wedding took place back in May), they may skip out on the reception on Friday night and subsequent wedding weekend celebrations to allow enough time to get ready to head Down Under.
Meghan and Harry aren’t the only ones who may have to miss out on some of Eugenie and Jack’s big day. Due to his health, Prince Philip (Eugenie’s grandfather, who underwent massive hip surgery earlier this year) may decide to sit this one out.
“The Duke of Edinburgh may not go to the wedding, just as he and the Queen did not attend Prince Louis’s christening in July,” a source told The Telegraph as to why the royal patriarch may not make it to the event. “There’s not a three-line whip on these family occasions. Not unreasonably, when you consider his age, the Duke of Edinburgh will decide on the morning of the wedding if he’s going to be there. He now very much operates on a ‘wake up and see how I feel’ basis.”
Eugenie’s step-aunt, Camilla Parker-Bowles, was also previously reported to have RSVP’d “no” to Princess Eugenie’s wedding. She’s set to visit school children in Scotland on the same day.