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Why Meghan Markle And Prince Harry’s Kids Archie And Lilibet Aren’t At The Queen’s State Funeral

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry joined the Royal Family this morning for the Queen’s state funeral, forming a united front with its members, despite their relationship with some privately being strained. But despite the couple’s closeness to the Queen, Meghan and Harry chose not to fly their two children Archie and Lilibet over from Montecito, California, to accompany them to Archie and Lili’s great-grandmother’s funeral. The reason is simple: At 3 and 1 years respectively, Archie and Lili are a little too young for royal events, especially ones as solemn as this one.

While, like Hello! points out that there’s no official rule forbidding Archie and Lili from attending a monarch’s funeral, it’s up to the parents to decide if they can handle the event.

Archie and Lili’s aunt and uncle, Kate Middleton and Prince William, made a similar choice with their youngest child.

Meghan Markle with Kate Middleton and Kate’s older two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the Queen’s state funeral

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While Archie and Lili’s older cousins, Prince George, 9 and Princess Charlotte, 7, attended the funeral, but it’s worth noting that their younger brother Prince Louis didn’t come. At 4 years old, Louis is not old enough for this kind of royal event. His absence isn’t surprising, as he was also not present at Prince Philip’s funeral last year, while George and Charlotte did.

Although Lili, who is named after the Queen, and Archie have yet to attend a public royal event and are not in the UK with their parents, the two children do have special memories of the Queen. Lili and the Queen met in June, during the couple’s visit for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Harry briefly mentioned how special his children’s relationship with his grandmother was in the statement he released about her death.

He wrote: “Grandma, although this last farewell brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all our first encounters – from my earliest childhood memories with you, to the first time I met you as my commander in chief, to the first moment you met my dear wife and embraced your beloved great-grandchildren. I cherish these moments that I have shared with you, and the many other special moments in between. You are already sorely missed, not only by us, but by the whole world.”

Alyssa Bailey is the senior news and strategy editor at, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (notably Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she’s not working, she loves running through Central Park, letting people take #ootd photos of her, and exploring New York City.

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