The death of Queen Elizabeth II led to protocols not seen in more than 70 years.
She passed away on September 8This made her son and heir to the new monarch, King Charles III. One of the protocols required to officially install it as a new king is accession boardor when the death of Queen Elizabeth is officially announced and her heir formally takes the throne, According to the official royal website.
The Council of Accession was held on September 10, the first event in a 10-day period of double mourning for the former queen during the new king’s enthronement as well. There are two parts of the traditional ceremony and only members of the Privy Council and “some other invited guests” are allowed to attend the first part. The second part is the new monarch’s first meeting with the council, where he makes a declaration and signs a document, and is open only to council members.
Prince Harry did not attend the ceremony, although Prince William, along with a group of politicians and advisers who served the Queen, did.
Why didn’t Prince Harry attend the party?
The short answer is Prince Harry is not a member of the Council It is not known whether he received an invitation.
The Privy Council consists of all ministers and a number of junior ministers who advise the King, According to the official royal website. These positions are appointed by the reigning monarch and being a member of the council comes with the title “Right Honorable”.
All current members were appointed by Queen Elizabeth. There are more than 700 members on the list.
Kim Helmgaard, USA TODAY’s global affairs correspondent, said in an interview with TODAY that Prince Harry would likely be on the list, but it has since been removed.
“It is possible that he was deposed for one reason or another,” he said, referring to the Queen stripping Prince Harry of his honorary titles, but allowing him and his wife to retain the titles of Prince, Duke of Sussex and Duchess of Sussex, respectively.
Notable names on the list are Prince William, who joined in 2017, and Elizabeth Truss, the new prime minister of the United Kingdom, who joined in 2014 when she was appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Queen Elizabeth was photographed meeting Truss on Tuesday, just two days before her death.
Harry wasn’t the only one missing out on the party: NBC News contributor Wilfrid Frost said the room the board would meet in had limited space, so there was some debate over who would attend.
“There are currently over 700 members of the private council…there’s only room for about 150 to 200 members, so it was kind of a behind-the-scenes discussion between those levels… they’re fighting for a seat there today,” he said on Friday. . morning.
Helmgaard said the implication of Prince Harry not attending the accession ceremony was that he and his wife had been estranged from the royal family in recent years.
“Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan Markle…have obviously pulled out of royal life over the past years for a number of different reasons. They, themselves, seem to feel they don’t want to be part of the royal family as much,” he said. Helmgaard. “I mean, they still have royal titles, but there have been allegations of mistreatment by the Sussex family. Casual allegations Racism relating to a Sussex childArchie, the eldest anyway, and they moved to California…so there’s a kind of withdrawal from the royal family that clearly comes into play.”
Charles will take over the presidency of the United Kingdom and 14 other countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
This article was originally published TODAY.com