TOM BOWER: Harry’s exclusion from the high society wedding of his family friend is proof that he’s now an outcast

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Written By Maya Cantina

Harry had it coming. After his serial disloyalty, he’s finally being excluded by those whom he believed were his closest friends.

And no snub is worse than that delivered by Hugh Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster.

Not being invited – alongside the King, Queen, The Waleses and the cream of Britain’s high society – to such a wedding underlines how much of an outcast Harry now is. It is understandable if a pre-eminent member of the British establishment did not want to risk embarrassing the Royal Family by turning the event into the inevitable circus that tends to accompany Harry and Meghan wherever they go.

The exclusion will also be hurtful for personal reasons. Grosvenor has been an old friend. As young men, the pair partied and shot together. The joint family bonds go deep. Both William and Harry chose Grosvenor as a godfather to their sons on a friendship level but also because their families’ historic roots go back a long way.

Though undoubtedly wounded, Harry can hardly be surprised.

Tom Bower 

Not being invited – alongside the King, Queen, The Waleses and the cream of Britain's high society – to such a wedding underlines how much of an outcast Harry (pictured with wife Meghan) now is

Not being invited – alongside the King, Queen, The Waleses and the cream of Britain’s high society – to such a wedding underlines how much of an outcast Harry (pictured with wife Meghan) now is

On his brief recent trips to Britain, he has invariably been shunned by his old friends. None openly support Harry, and privately they must despair at his recklessness. There was not only his appallingly ill-judged interview with Oprah Winfrey, but his shocking denunciation of William and Kate in Apple podcasts and the contents of his book, Spare. Making money out of traducing his family and Britain’s greatest institution has been beyond the pale for many of his friends.

As an intimate of the Waleses, Grosvenor must be well-attuned to their anger with the Sussexes.

Grosvenor did not need to be told by William, ‘It’s him or us.’ Surely, that message was tacitly understood. The wedding snub makes the dilemma facing Harry much clearer. If he ever wishes to return to Britain – and Meghan has been reported as saying she never will – he will have to overcome an increasing number of obstacles. There was a chance to mend bridges. But Omid Scobie’s ridiculous book, filled with hurtful slurs, offered the Sussexes the chance to distance themselves from this pestilent writer. But they have not issued any official rebuttal against the accepted view that Scobie is their mouthpiece.

Any chance of reconciliation between the Royal Family and the Sussexes is now fanciful. And Grosvenor’s omission of Harry and Meghan from his wedding guest-list is tantamount to the British Establishment finally shutting the door on Harry and Meghan. by Tom Tom Bower is author of Revenge: Meghan, Harry And The War Between The Windsors

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