It seems like everyone and their mother attended the former President’s 60th birthday bash…except for the Sussexes! Now, there are already few theories as to why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry weren’t at Barack Obama’s birthday celebration—but we’ll let you decide which makes the most sense.
In case you missed it: Obama had a huge birthday bash at his Martha’s Vineyard estate over the August 6 weekend, and everyone from the likes of John Legend, Gayle King, Jay-Z and Beyoncé were in attendance. According to reports, anywhere between 200 to 400 guests showed up to the event (and as per a staff member who spoke to The Daily Mail, that’s allegedly after cutting down on the guestlist). The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, however, weren’t among the Obamas’ illustrious partygoers. And according to one royal expert, Meghan and Harry’s absence may be because they were never on the invite list to begin with.
“Despite the Obamas not attending the Sussexes’ wedding that year, it was thought that the newly California-based couple would be shoo-ins at Obama’s 60th, as prominent ‘progressives’ and new-found members of the US metropolitan liberal elite,” royal reporter Camilla Tominey shared with The Daily Mail. According to Tominey, the Sussexes may have “jeopardized their once special relationship” as friends after sources suggest the royal couple made attempts to “ape everything the Obamas have done” following their royal exit in 2020.
While it’s unclear what the Sussexes are copycatting, exactly, Tominey claims that this isn’t even the only possible reason as to why they weren’t invited. Apparently, a source revealed that the Obamas “didn’t like Harry attacking his family” during his and Meghan’s interview with Oprah in March. The insider said, “They value family and certainly aren’t the type of people who would want their children talking to the press.” For what it’s worth, Michelle Obama did comment on the whole royal family feud following Meghan and Harry’s tell-all, telling Access Hollywood that she hoped the Sussexes and the royal family could find “forgiveness” at some point. “My hope is that, when I think about what they’re going through, I think about the importance of family and I just pray that there is forgiveness and there is clarity and love and resolve at some point in time,” she said. “Because there’s nothing more important than family.”
Still, there’s another theory that has nothing to do with being snubbed, and that’s the possibility that Meghan and Harry simply couldn’t make the event in the first place. According to Page Six, the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes were “not planning to attend” Obama’s party, given the fact that the former President and Meghan actually share a birthday on August 4. At the time, The New York Post’s outlet suggested that Harry already had separate plans for celebrating his wife’s 40th birthday, which may just make the most practical—and least shady—sense of all.
Harry Is in ‘Panic Mode’ Over the Queen’s Health—He Still ‘Feels Guilty’ He Never Said Bye to Philip
Miles away. Prince Harry’s response to the Queen’s health concerns is “panic” that he can’t be closer to his grandmother as she recovers from a recent hospitalization.
Buckingham Palace announced on October 20 that the Queen had cancelled her trip to Northern Ireland due to “medical advice” from her doctors. “The Queen has reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days,” the statement read. “Her Majesty is in good spirits and is disappointed that she will no longer be able to visit Northern Ireland, where she had been due to undertake a series of engagements today and tomorrow.”
A day later, royal writer Omid Scobie reported the Queen spent the night in the hospital on October 20. Buckingham Palace confirmed that the Queen was hospitalized for one night and underwent “preliminary investigations” while she was in the hospital.
A source told Us Weekly on October 27 that Harry feels “helpless” that he and his wife, Meghan Markle, are thousands of miles away from the Queen in the United States as she recovers from her health concerns. “He felt helpless being 5,000 miles away in Montecito and has been checking-in non-stop with her,” the insider said.
The source also noted that Harry still “feels guilty about not saying goodbye” in person to his grandfather, Prince Philip, who died at the age of 99 in April. “[He] would never forgive himself if the same thing happened with his beloved grandmother,” the insider said. The source claimed that Harry and Meghan are planning to return to the United Kingdom for the holidays with their children, Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 4 months. “[Harry is] hoping to go back home for Christmas with Meghan, if not before so that [the Queen] can finally get to meet Lilibet and see Archie again,” the insider said.
Another source told Us Weekly on October 27 that other members of the British royal family are “urging” the Queen to slow down after her hospital stay. “Kate sent the queen a huge bouquet of flowers from her family,” the insider said. “George, Charlotte and Louis made ‘get well soon’ cards.”
The source also noted that Kate Middleton and the Queen have been “talking more than ever since [the] health scare]. The insider also added that Kate has “a special bond with the queen” and often connects with her over “one-on-one phone conversations.”
As for the Queen’s current condition, the source reported that the Queen feels “fine” but her family is still “concerned.” “The queen says she’s fine and doing well, but she’s said that before, so naturally [the family is] concerned,” the insider said. “They’d been urging her to take it easy for months.”
The insider also noted that the Queen likes to be on a busy schedule “because she hates people fussing over her.” The source also claimed that the Queen has started “handing over some of her duties” to her son, Prince Charles, and her grandson, Prince William, who are the next two royals in line for the throne. “She’s not a quitter and will continue working but is handing over some of her duties to Charles and William,” the source said. “[She] is preparing them to take over.”
Royal Family LIVE: Queen on alert as ‘two ferocious PR storms’ about to explode on Firm
THE QUEEN is set to face two ‘ferocious PR storms’ in the coming months: one involving her son and the other her grandson.
Key dates for the lawsuit against Prince Andrew have been set for next summer, at the same time as the Queen will be celebrating her Platinum Jubilee. It is alleged that the Prince assaulted former sex trafficking victim Virginia Giuffre on three occasions when she was 17. Prince Andrew strenuously denies the allegations. There is also Harry’s memoir, which is set to be released sometime in 2022.
If Harry and Megan’s Oprah interview is anything to go by, this memoir could condemn the Royal Family massively.
Commenting on the coming months for the monarch, royal expert Daniela Elser said: “There are two ferocious PR storms on the horizon.
“Key dates for the Prince Andrew case, as it wends its way through the American legal system, are now set down for May, June and July next year, smack bang right when his mother will be celebrating her Platinum Jubilee.
“Then there’s Harry’s memoir, which is set for release sometime in 2022. What the Sussexes’ Oprah revelations and Harry’s subsequent interviews have demonstrated is that the royal is yet to truly plum the depths of his reservoir of hurt and anger when it comes to his family. The possibility that his book will condemn the royal family and the monarchy even more than we have seen thus far looms large.”
‘Embarrassing’ Meghan Markle’s latest letter is exactly ‘what Queen feared’
Meghan, 40, had sent a lobbying letter to two huge names in US politics, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, this week. In this letter, the Duchess of Sussex called for access to paid family leave for citizens.
Royal author Robert Jobson claimed Meghan has “always been political”.
The Queen had known about Meghan’s “political views and ambition” which could become “embarrassing” for the Royal Family, Mr Jobson explained.
Mr Jobson said: “This is what the Queen feared because now she’s free to say whatever she likes.
“She’ll now start talking about her political views and ambitions.
“And she might stir them up which then becomes embarrassing.”
Mr Jobson added: “She’s sailing close to the wind, but will they say anything [the royals], no they won’t.
“The fact is they knew this was what she was going to be doing.
“She was always a political girl. Since the age of seven she was writing letters to Hilary Clinton.”
Despite saying Meghan has “always been political”, Mr Jobson emphasised in his interview with the Mirror that this could not be the case for Prince Harry.
As Prince Harry is, according to Mr Jobson, a “Prince of the Realm”, then the Duke of Sussex could not get involved in political matters.
He said: “If it was Prince Harry doing it I would say that’s a slightly different thing because he’s a Prince of the Realm.
“And he is a British citizen and he’s kind of bound up by everything.”
Meghan had written on paper headed “The Office of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’, saying: “I’m not an elected official, and I’m not a politician.
“I’m writing to you at this deeply important time – as a mom – to advocate for paid leave.”
“I grew up on the $4.99 salad bar at Sizzler.
“I knew how hard my parents worked to afford this because even at five bucks, eating out was something special, and I felt lucky.
“I started working (at the local frozen yoghurt shop) at the age of 13. I waited tables, babysat, and piecemealed jobs together to cover odds and ends.
“I worked all my life and saved when and where I could—but even that was a luxury – because usually it was about making ends meet and having enough to pay my rent and put gas in my car.
“I expect many of your constituents have their own version of that story,” she continued, before attacking the US economic system.
“Many of our economic systems are past their expiration date, and as you well know, too many Americans are forced to shortchange themselves when it comes to what matters to them.”
Meghan concluded her letter by acknowledging “how politically charged things can – and have – become,” but said the issue “isn’t about Right or Left, it’s about right or wrong”.