Why weren’t Archie, Lilibet at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on Monday September 19 with the rest of the British royal family. However, conspicuously absent were her two children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, who had recently inherited royal titles following the Queen’s death and as grandsons of King Charles III.

While representatives for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not immediately respond to POPSUGAR’s request for comment, according to People, Archie and Lilibet were not present because Harry and Markle were already in Europe without their children for a series of charity events when the monarch died. The couple eventually extended their trip to attend the funeral.

It is also possible that Archie and Lilibet were deemed too young to participate as Archie is 3 and Lilibet is 1. While Prince William and Kate Middleton brought their two children, Prince George, 9, and Princess Charlotte, 7, their youngest son, Prince Louis, 4, did not attend Monday’s ceremony.

On September 12, Harry released a statement in honor of his beloved grandmother, recalling some of his favorite memories from his childhood and when Elizabeth met Lilibet and Archie. “Grandma, while we are deeply saddened by this final goodbye, I am forever grateful for all of our first encounters – from my earliest childhood memories of being with you, to first meeting you as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my beloved wife and yours hugging beloved great-grandchildren,” he said. “I cherish those times I have shared with you and the many other special moments in between. You are already sorely missed, not just by us, but by the whole world. And what the first Meeting-wise, we now honor my father in his new role as King Charles III.”

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