Meghan Markle & Prince Harry banned from Prince William’s 40th

Wills isn’t giving them the chance to snub his big birthday

kate middleton prince william meghan markle prince harry

by Charlotte Oliver |

They used to be each other’s closest allies and confidantes, united by their unique childhood and experiences. But these days, there’s more than an ocean separating Prince William and Prince Harry – in fact, the brothers are worlds apart, thanks to their bitter two-year feud.

And while insiders had hoped that time would heal their wounds, it seems the reverse has happened. In fact, we’re told, Harry’s recent actions – including the decision to snub his late grandfather Prince Philip’s memorial service next week – have apparently shocked and appalled William, and have made him reconsider any olive branches he was willing to extend, including the pressing matter of whether he should include Harry in his 40th birthday celebrations.

According to insiders, William has decided that, rather than wait for Harry and wife Meghan Markle to decline, he’s simply not going to invite them. “William still loves Harry – that will never change – but his apparent insensitivity makes him persona non grata at the moment and it will take some miracle for that to change,” says a source close to Wills, who will be turning 40 on 21 June.

Check out: 11 TOWIE couples you completely forgot about

View Gallery
11 photos
Mark Wright and Sam Faiers TOWIE
1 of 11

Mark Wright and Sam Faiers

Mark and Sam's on/off relationship goes all the way back to when she was 16 and they met on MySpace (aw, those were the days). They briefly dated during their time on TOWIE but were never able to give things a proper go before he quit the show in 2011.

prince harry and prince william and kanye west
With Kanye when the brothers were BFFS in 2007 ©Getty Images

“The feeling is that, even if Harry and Meghan decided to come to William’s celebration, and that is a big if, their presence would bring a whole fresh set of problems, and nobody wants that. The sad truth is that William barely recognises, let alone relates to, his younger brother any more.”

Last week, there was reported uproar inside the palace, after Harry confirmed that he wouldn’t be attending Philip’s memorial service later this month, but then revealed hours later that he would be travelling to The Hague for the Invictus Games in April.

Harry’s decision to skip the memorial follows a statement made by his lawyer last month that he “does not feel safe” in the UK amid his ongoing court case against the government over its decision not to allow him and Meghan to pay for their own police protection. It also follows a year of outbursts against his family, as well as rumours that his upcoming memoir promises to alienate him further.

Look! More news!

Why Coleen Rooney is ready to give up

Chloe Ferry shows off 'little lips' after dissolving filler

Saffron Barker shows off jet black hair and WOW

prince harry prince william
prince harry and prince william in 2021 ©Getty Images

At this point, it’s still unclear whether Harry will even come for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in early June. Meanwhile, we’re told that William is infuriated by Harry’s proposed no-show at Philip’s memorial, especially as he’s heading to the Netherlands for the Invictus Games soon after – he released a video last week, in which he dressed head-to-toe in orange to promote the event. As far as William sees it, Harry’s proved where his priorities lie.

“Even if his brother were to come to some type of compromise over his security concerns, that won’t change William’s position,” our insider tells us. “The bottom line is that he’s caused untold grief and stress within the royal family and the bad taste it’s left in everyone’s mouth simply isn’t going away anytime soon.”

heat magazine

As for the lucky lot who are invited to William’s big day, we’re told it’s shaping up to be a right royal knees-up. “Assuming her health permits, the Queen will host a banquet for William at Windsor, where she’ll gather all the senior royals together to toast the occasion,” says our source. “Kate and the kids also have a host of fun treats planned, including a long weekend on the Isles of Scilly and a big roast dinner at home.”

The source adds the final guest list is still to be confirmed, but by the sound of things, two names are a cert to be barred.

WATCH: ‘They Can’t Keep Their Hands Off Each Other!’ Sam Heughan & Caitriona Balfe React To Outlander

Just so you know, whilst we may receive a commission or other compensation from the links on this website, we never allow this to influence product selections - read why you should trust us
Now playing
Listen Live
Stay The Night by Sigala and Talia Mar