Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could snub Princess Beatrice’s wedding as they prepare to step down as senior royals, a friend has claimed.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are starting a new life with son Archie in Canada and will cease to be working royals on March 31.
It is not yet clear what future royal functions, if any, they will choose to attend, but on Friday Harry and Meghan released a statement announcing they would stop using the word ‘royal’ in their branding after Spring.
They complained the palace is treating them differently to other family members and a royal source claims this is a reference to minor royals such as Beatrice and Eugenie.
The apparent dig at the cousins suggests that tensions are rising between the Sussexes and the Yorks, and that Harry and Meghan may not attend Princess Beatrice’s nuptials at St James Palace, on May 29.
Princess Beatrice of York and her betrothed Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi arrive for the wedding ceremony of the Prince Napoleon Countess Arco-Zinneberg at the Saint-Louis-des-Invalides cathedral at the Invalides National Hotel in Paris, on October 19, 2019
A friend told The Telegraph: ‘Of course Harry and Meghan will be invited but it is up to them whether or not they choose to attend.’
‘The trouble with Harry and Meghan is that they think they are bigger than the institution. It’s such a shame things have turned out like this.’
The Princesses, daughters of the Queen’s second son Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, are not currently considered to be senior working royals, because they do not carry out duties full time on behalf of the Queen.
Instead the sisters, who are ninth and tenth in line to the throne, both have full time jobs.
Princess Beatrice, who is known as Beatrice York in her professional life, studied History and the History of Ideas at Goldsmith’s University before taking on roles at boutique private wealth firms.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are starting a new life with son Archie in Canada and will cease to be working royals on March 31
She also worked as an associate at Sandbridge capital, a small consumer-focused private equity firm, and as a Business development associate at Sony pictures television before resigning in 2014.
Meanwhile Princess Eugenie works as a director for Mayfair-based gallery Hauser & Wirth.
The royal, who like her sister receives no money from the Queen, graduated from Newcastle University in September 2009, after studying English Literature and the History of Art.