Royal snub for Meghan and Harry as Dutch King ‘won’t invite them to palace’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been snubbed by the Dutch royals after reports they will not to be given an audience with the country's king.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected in the Hague “for the first few days” of the Invictus Games which run from April 16-22.

King Willem-Alexander and his aunt Princess Margriet will both attend the Games for injured servicemen.

A spokesperson for the Dutch royals confirmed: “King Willem-Alexander and Princess Margriet will attend the Invictus Games.

“The Princess will be present at the opening ceremony on April 16, the King at the closing ceremony on April 22.”

But the Dutch royals also confirmed that although Harry is a patron of the Games due to take place in the Netherlands, neither he nor his wife, Meghan, will be hosted by royalty.

According to the Daily Mail, the Sussexes, who stepped back from royal duties and renounced their HRH titles, will “not be given an audience with Netherlands King Willem-Alexander or be offered a room in the royal palace”.

But the issue of the couple’s security arrangements is still not fully known, with Dutch authorities having stipulated that any close protection officers brought to the event by the Duke and Duchess cannot be armed, The Sun reports.

Anna Sophia Posthumus, a police spokeswoman, said: “In The Netherlands, only government officials (police, military personnel etc) are allowed to carry weapons."

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This would exclude private guards, like those employed by Meghan and Harry.

Dutch royal biographer and assistant editor at Royal Central, Moniek Bloks, raised the possibility that the Duke and Duchess had hoped to “hitch a ride” on armed security, given the attendance of King Willem-Alexander, who is a relative of Queen Elizabeth.

She said: “Since members of the Dutch royal family will be attending both the opening and closing ceremony, they might be able to 'hitch a ride' with them on those days.”

However, with Harry and Meghan visiting the country “in a private capacity”, this may not be the case, she added.

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