King Charles and Queen Camilla 'could miss wedding of the year' after invite clash


King Charles and Queen Camilla currently look set to miss the society wedding of the year as they have reportedly not confirmed their attendance at Hugh, Duke of Westminster's upcoming wedding to Olivia Henson.

Suggestions that Their Majesties may not attend have been contrasted to when they previously declined an invitation to the wedding of the Duke's elder sister, Lady Tamara Grosvenor, back in 2004.

Lady Tamara married the King's godson, Edward van Cutsem, at Chester Cathedral - the same venue for this year's wedding. At the time, Camilla, then known as Parker Bowles, was informed she would not be able to sit with Prince Charles and would need to sit several rows back and arrive separately.

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The Duke of Westminster will marry Olivia Henson next month at Chester Cathedral -Credit:PA

According to Richard Eden at MailOnline, a source revealed: "Their Majesties have not forgotten what happened at the wedding of Hugh's sister. There is still a lot of tension that exists."

Royal author Sarah Bradford revealed that Queen Elizabeth II was annoyed at how the situation unfolded and informed her son that things couldn't carry on as they were. An insider at the time shared: "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", reports the Mirror.

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The King did not attend the wedding of Edward van Cutsem and Lady Tamara Grosvenor in 2004 -Credit:2004 Max Mumby/Indigo

The atmosphere was further charged by rumours that Emilie van Cutsem, mother of the groom, and Camilla had a falling out after reportedly criticising each other's children's behaviour. With only days left before the event, Charles excused himself, citing a need to visit Warminster barracks to meet with families of soldiers stationed in Iraq, while his companion was said to be 'otherwise engaged'.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have also been notably left off the guest list for next month's nuptials, despite Hugh being named as godfather to their son, Prince Archie.

Queen Camilla, pictured with King Charles on the weekend, gave an update on her husband's health
The King and Queen did not attend the 2004 wedding -Credit:POOL/AFP via Getty Images

It has been reported that the Duke feels their presence might stir up trouble within the Royal Family, especially since they apparently received a save the date email by mistake.

A source for the couple said: "Harry called Hugh and said it would be too awkward if he and Meghan Markle attended, so he made his apologies and Hugh understood."

The Prince of Wales, however, is expected to attend and will reportedly take on the role of an usher. It remains unclear if Prince George - another of the Duke's godchildren - will be in attendance.