The real reason Kate and William didn't bring Prince Louis to Philip's memorial

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 8, 2019 in London, England.
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The real reason Prince William and Kate Middleton did not bring Prince Louis to Prince Philip’s memorial service has been revealed by royal experts.

Prince Philip’s memorial saw the Firm gather to remember the Queen’s late husband, in a poignant service at Westminster Abbey.

Among the royal attendees were The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. 

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge depart the memorial service for the Duke Of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey on March 29, 2022 in London, England.

Viewers of the televised service were treated to some rare and sweet moments from the pair, with fans praising Charlotte for being ‘a pro’ (opens in new tab) at handling her royal duties. She also delighted fans by sharing a cute moment with her cousin, Princess Beatrice (opens in new tab). Prince George was also dubbed the 'spitting image' of his great-great grandad, Prince Philip.

Kate and William’s youngest child, Prince Louise was, however, noticeably absent. 

In this screengrab, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge clap for NHS carers as part of the BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief 'Big Night In at London on April 23, 2020 in London, England.

Royal fans believe they spotted a clue as to why he did not attend after the official Court Circular listed him as TBC (to be confirmed). 

As reported by the Mirror (opens in new tab), Royal specialist, Patricia Treble shared a screenshot of the Court Circular and remarked that his absence was likely due to the length of the memorial, tweeting: “Sure, he turns 4 next month but that would have been a long service for such a young boy."

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A royal blog account, Gert's Royals also tweeted the Circular and commented, "Prince Louis’s name was likely just an error. I don’t think he was ever scheduled to attend."

Prince Louis was not the only royal not to attend. Prince Harry was also missing from the family affair, a decision that many experts have called a ‘slap in the face’ for the Queen (opens in new tab).

It was reported that he was gearing up to make his big return to the UK, but after additional security was denied by the Home Office, he decided to skip the memorial entirely. This is said to have left the Queen, who had a teary moment (opens in new tab) during the service, in shock (opens in new tab).

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 Goodto.com and My Imperfect Life.