The real reason Meghan Markle was 'uninvited' to Pippa Middleton's wedding

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews leave after getting married at St Mark's Church on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England.
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Meghan Markle was "uninvited" to Pippa Middleton’s wedding after she and mother Carole were left "concerned", royal experts claim.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s younger sister, Pippa Middleton married James Matthews in a lovely ceremony at St Mark Church in 2017. The wedding was attended by several members of the royal family, with one person, however, noticeably absent.

James Matthews and Pippa Middleton leave St Mark's Church along with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge after their wedding on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England.

Meghan Markle was reportedly "uninvited" from the wedding, despite her relationship with Prince Harry, and plans to attend together.

Authors of Finding Freedom, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, claim that Pippa, who now shares two children with her husband James, and her mother, Carole were "concerned" that Meghan would "overshadow the main event".

Meghan Markle, the US fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry, attends an Anzac Day dawn service at Hyde Park Corner in London on April 25, 2018.

This was due to all the press attention surrounding her at the time, especially after, they claim, a number of "crass" articles ran, comparing both Pippa and Meghan to each other.

The biography reads, “Harry and Meghan agreed that she couldn't possibly turn up at the church, only fifty meters away from a specially arranged media pen.

“If they worried their arrival might create a media circus despite taking every precaution, now they had no doubt that it would.” Instead, Harry attended the ceremony alone, and Meghan joined him for the private reception."

Prince Harry attends the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark's Church on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England

Meghan wasn’t the only one to make sacrifices for the big day. People also reported that Kate decided not to be part of the bridal party, so as to not steal attention or "upstage her sister" on her big day.

This would have been a disappointing decision for the sisters after Pippa was Kate’s own maid of honour when she married Prince William in 2011. Pippa did, however, have both her nephew, Prince George as a page boy, and niece Princess Charlotte as her flower girl.

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.