The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were invited to a state reception at Buckingham Palace in error, The Telegraph understands.
The couple received a formal invitation to the event for world leaders and foreign royals early last week and had no reason to believe they were not expected to go.
However, palace aides subsequently declared that only working members of the Royal family would attend, causing notable confusion.
The Sussexes were eventually said to have been informed on Friday night that there had been a mix-up and that they were not actually invited to what has been described as an “official state event”.
Whether or not the message was received appeared in dispute.
However, the couple are not expected to attend.
Personal relationships at all time low
It is thought a mistake may have been made when invitations were sent to the original list of working royals drawn up as part of plans made in advance of the Queen’s death, before the Sussexes moved to the US.
Now that the landscape has shifted, the prospect of the couple standing shoulder to shoulder with the King, Queen Consort and Prince and Princess of Wales as they welcomed heads of state from across the globe appeared, to some, inconceivable.
While all members of the Royal family have determined to put on a united front during the mourning period in honour of the late Queen, personal relationships are understood to be at an all time low.
The palace reception is a formal occasion for all presidents and prime…