Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have reportedly turned down an invite to a party that's being held in Princess Diana's honor — a move that has the media confused.
In July, the father-of-two made a trip to Kensington Palace to help unveil a statue of his mother to mark what would have been her 60th birthday. That day, there was also supposed to be a party of around 100 guests, but the celebration was postponed until now.
However, The Sun claimed that a spokesman for the Sussexes confirmed that they wouldn't be in attendance.
The snub isn't going to help him heal his broken relationship with the royal family, experts pointed out.
"It is a great shame they are not coming. The longer they stay away the greater the rift and the more difficult it is to come back from. They don't come back and the rift continues," noted royal expert Penny Juror. "There is a lot of work to be done, it's a shame they can't come back. It shows they are not interested in making things work."
Declining the invite comes just a few weeks after the Sussexes paid a visit to New York City, where they stopped by the 9/11 memorial, met with politicians and greeted kids at an underprivileged school.
Cameras reportedly followed the duo around, hinting that their trip was being filmed for Netflix.
"Their stepping-out last week will no doubt be the first of many similar appearances and visits," royal author Duncan Larcombe told Closer magazine. "Harry and Meghan are setting a precedent for their new line of work, and what they have decided they will be."
"They essentially did a royal visit, like they used to in the U.K. – just on their own terms and in their own way. So it seems they have quit life in the U.K. to do exactly what they did here over in the States," he added. "Their visit to the memorial last week makes them the first two ‘royals’ – if they can still be considered that – to pay their respects at the 20th anniversary of 9/11."