Royal experts asserted that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are a “toxic combination” and “would make King Charles' birthday a funeral.”
The couple recently drew ire for the "deplorable" timing of their push back against false reports pertaining to King Charles' birthday invitation.
The Sunday Times reported last week that Harry, 39, snubbed the invitation to his father’s 75th birthday celebrations at Clarence House on November 14.
Several reports suggested that the father-son “don’t speak much” due to the King;s “disappointment” at the way Harry portrayed his family in his memoir, Spare.
In response to speculation about declining an invitation, the Duke’s spokesperson stated on Monday evening, “There has been no contact regarding an invitation to His Majesty's upcoming birthday.”
The announcement came a few hours before Charles made his first King's speech in Parliament and Prince William’s Earthsoft Prize Awards in Singapore.
Speaking to the Daily Express, royal expert Ricard Fitzwilliams claimed that the rift in the Royal Family is “extremely wide” and inviting his estranged son would not have been a good idea.
Fitzwilliams added that both Harry and Meghan are “unpredictable but also unpopular” which makes a “toxic combination”.
Another royal commentator added that Meghan, 41 and Harry’s “presence at any family gathering now would make it feel more like a funeral than a celebration".
Daily Mail Diary Editor Richard Eden pointed out in his Palace Confidential newsletter how things were different five years ago at King’s 70th Birthday.
Then-Prince Charles hosted a garden party at the Palace, mere weeks after Harry and Meghan's wedding, with the newlyweds delaying their honeymoon so they could attend it.
"When King Charles turns 75 next Tuesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will, however, be 5,000 miles away in California, and his milestone birthday has already been the subject of a public row,” Eden noted.