Prince Harry was left "upset" after Meghan Markle was left off the guestlist for Diana's remembrance ceremony in 2017, a royal expert has claimed.
Commentator Daniela Elser has looked back four years ago to remember when Meghan, 39, was "excluded" from the private gathering at Althorp House in Northampton to celebrate the life of Harry's mother, Princess Diana.
Writing for Australian title news.com.au, the royal commentator claims the exclusion left "deep fissures" in the couple's relationship with the royal family and contributed to their explosive exit from The Firm last year.
"The family had planned a private service for July 1 to rededicate her grave," she writes.
"On the guest list were not only William and Kate but their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, Diana’s siblings Earl Spencer, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Baroness Fellowes and (who else?) the Archbishop of Canterbury. Notice one name missing?
"Despite having, according to The Daily Mail, travelled from Toronto to London, Meghan was not there. At the time the situation was framed as it not having been considered “appropriate” for her to attend the service.
"Harry reportedly saw things differently. Very differently."
At the time of the ceremony, The Daily Mail reported: "An upset Harry told Meghan of his family’s ‘warnings’ and a very definite sense of ‘us against the world’ became entrenched."
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Daniela claims that the couple were already on shaky ground with the royal family when Harry proposed to Meghan four months after the ceremony she didn't get to attend.
She continued: "Four months later, Harry popped the question in the kitchen of the Kensington Palace cottage they called home. Less than a year after the private family ceremony that Meghan was excluded from she became the Duchess of Sussex.
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"We now know that already by then, deep fissures had emerged in the relationships between the newlyweds and the royal family."
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The royal commentator added that there are "so many moments" that could have escalated the decision for the Sussexes to "bail on palace life and huffily start again in California."
Daniela added: "Time and again over the years, anyone who had even a passing acquaintance with Diana has been quizzed about what she would have thought of Meghan. Likewise, I wonder what she would have made of the events of July 1, 2017."
A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan has been contacted for comment.
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