Why Prince Harry has not been pictured at his parents’ Christmas party
Royalty at the White House has been in the spotlight this week after the heir to the throne and his family were forced to cancel a lavish Christmas party for their friends and family at the home of the president of the United States.
But the royals’ presence at the annual White House Christmas party was also a surprise to the rest of the world.
What happened next?
The prince and Duchess of Sussex attended a private dinner at the official residence of the U.S. president at their home in Washington DC, which was also attended by their father, Prince Charles, and their mother, the Duchess of Cornwall.
The dinner was hosted by the President and First Lady Melania Trump, who was there to mark her son’s 50th birthday.
It was attended by the family’s friends and a small group of journalists and others.
There were also some photographers, some of whom were not allowed to attend the party.
The news of the party was widely covered by U.K. media.
In the United Kingdom, it was reported that Prince Harry and his wife, Kate Middleton, were expected to attend.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess were expected as well, though the press release announcing their participation said they were “not scheduled to appear at the event.”
The official White House Twitter account did not mention their absence and instead mentioned that the event was “a private event” attended by members of the President’s family and members of staff.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.
The party, which had previously been scheduled for the afternoon, was abruptly cancelled by the White the President.
A spokesperson for the president said they would be in touch with the family and were “proud to have hosted the first official royal Christmas party of our presidency.”
Prince Harry and the duchess are expected to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on December 18.