Prince Harry and Meghan Markle “Not Welcome” At Prince Williams’ BAFTA Tea Party
The invite snub comes on the heels of Harry's tell-all memoir and multiple press interviews.
BAFTA is skipping right over the “your invite must have gotten lost in the mail” trick and going right for the jugular. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were in fact “not welcome” at the independent British arts charity’s 2023 Tea Party on Saturday, Jan. 14.
According to a BAFTA consultant, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were purposely left off the guest list in fear of their attendance ensuing in “a PR disaster.” With Prince William serving as the president of the organization, “BAFTA decided it was a terrible idea [to invite Harry and Meghan],” the source told The Sun.
“For them to roll out the red carpet to Harry and his wife would be like setting off a nuclear bomb,” the consultant said. “It’s a no-go.”
They were quick to note that Harry has “roundly attacked” the senior royals in and while promoting his memoir Spare. The novel depicts several less-than-heart-warming anecdotes about Harry’s time at the palace, including an alleged physical altercation prompted by his older brother.
Spare published on the heels of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s explosive Netflix docuseries, Harry & Meghan, in which the couple recount their turbulent exit from royal life as a whole.
While William and Kate Middleton themselves don’t attend the annual Beverly Hills soiree, the possibility of Harry and Meghan contributing negative soundbites about the Prince of Wales during their red carpet press interviews was enough for the organization to toss their invitation straight into the trash.
“Any interviews would go viral,” the source argued. “Anything negative on William would be devastating.”
When The Sun asked about Harry and Meghan’s missing invitation, a spokesman for William declined to comment. They’re also standing by the fact that William’s PR team was not involved in creating (or keeping certain people off) the guest list.
It appears this is not a fight worth fighting for the Prince of Wales.