Prince Harry and Meghan ‘turn down’ sleepover invite from the Queen for Archie and Lilibet

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly turned down a special invite from the Queen

Queen sleepover invite - Prince Harry and Meghan side by side with the Queen in a Goodto template
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly received an invite from the Queen to pay a visit to Balmoral Castle with Archie and Lilibet but turned it down. 

Prince Harry and Meghan reportedly turned down invites from the Queen and Prince Charles ahead of their UK visit, dashing all hopes of a royal reunion.

The couple have now landed in Germany for the Invictus Games Düsseldorf One Year to go event, following Meghan’s keynote address at the One Young World Summit in Manchester - where she wowed in a red jumpsuit and revealed how happy she was to be back in the UK. 

Following their stint in Germany, the pair are scheduled to return to the UK on Thursday (8th of September) for the WellChild event.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at the town hall during the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023

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So far, no plans have been made for Harry and Meghan to connect with royal family member and royal expert and author, Katie Nicholl, has claimed that Harry and Meghan had already turned down a special invite from the Queen.

Speaking on GB news, Nicholl said, "I can tell you exclusively that they were invited at the end of August.

"The Queen always has this wonderful, extended stay for her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. There's a big sleepover at Balmoral, they were invited to go to that."

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II waits to meet with new Conservative Party leader and Britain's Prime Minister-elect at Balmoral Castle in Ballater, Scotland, on September 6, 2022.

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This will no doubt have been a blow for the Queen, who has still only met Lilibet once, and also comes after many feared that this trip could be Harry’s ‘last chance’ to see his grandmother as she continues to struggle with ongoing health issues. 

Nicholl also added that "they were also invited to go to Birkhall with the Prince of Wales and thus far they haven't done it."

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard Diploma in Journalism from the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, fashion, and entertainment for and My Imperfect Life.