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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle ‘not welcome’ at BAFTA Tea Party

The tea was too hot for this party.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly were “not welcome” at the star-studded 2023 BAFTA Tea Party in Los Angeles on Saturday amid their drama with the royal family.

“BAFTA decided it was a terrible idea [to invite them],” a consultant for the charitable organization claimed to the Sun on Sunday, adding, “They thought it would be a PR disaster.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leaving church in London.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly were “not welcome” at the 2023 BAFTA Tea Party.
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The source pointed out that Harry’s estranged brother, Prince William, is the president of BAFTA, so executives allegedly felt that extending an invitation to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for the annual event would be a mistake.

“For them to roll out the red carpet to Harry and his wife would be like setting off a nuclear bomb. It’s a no-go,” the insider told the British newspaper, adding that Harry “roundly attacked” his family in both his Netflix docuseries, “Harry & Meghan,” as well as his memoir, “Spare.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walking down a red carpet.
Executives believed an appearance by Harry and Markle “would be a PR disaster,” according to a source.
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Additionally, the prospect of Harry, 38, or Markle, 41, speaking about William, 40, at the event was enough to keep them off the guest list, according to the report.

“Any interviews would go viral,” the source concluded. “Anything negative on William would be devastating.”

Prince William and Kate Middleton sitting on a couch.
Prince William is the president of BAFTA and often attends the awards show with his wife, Kate Middleton.
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A spokesperson for the Prince of Wales declined to comment to the Sun, while a BAFTA rep tells Page Six that the Sussexes’ “attendance was not discussed whatsoever.”

The BAFTA Tea Party is a “staple fixture in the Los Angeles awards season calendar,” according to the charity’s website, which states, “The BAFTA Tea Party welcomes nominees, members and guests for a uniquely elegant gathering.”

Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walking together.
Tensions have been high between the Sussexes and the Wales.
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This year, stars including Angela Bassett, Brendan Fraser, Michelle Williams and Cate Blanchett attended the glamorous evening at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

Harry and Markle moved to her native California after quitting their royal duties in January 2020. They currently reside in Montecito with their two children: Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1.

Several copies of Prince Harry's memoir, "Spare," lying on a table at a bookstore.
Harry drags his royal family members in his new memoir, “Spare.”
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Despite their physical proximity to the event, William’s connection to BAFTA was apparently enough to prevent the Archewell co-founders from attending.

William has served as the president of BAFTA since February 2010 and often attends the awards show with his wife, Kate Middleton.

Jay Ellis and Sheryl Lee Ralph posing together at a party.
Stars including Jay Ellis and Sheryl Lee Ralph attended this year’s party.
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Harry ripped into William and Middleton, 41, in his new book, causing even more tension between the brothers.

The redheaded royal claimed the heir apparent had physically attacked him in 2019 after they got into an argument about Markle.

Kate Hudson posing on a red carpet.
Kate Hudson also attended the event at the Four Seasons in LA.

Harry also blamed William and Middleton for convincing him to wear a Nazi uniform to a 2005 costume party and doubled down on previous claims that the Princess of Wales made Markle cry in the days leading up to the Sussexes’ 2018 wedding.

Additionally, the book included claims about Harry’s father, King Charles III, and his stepmother, Queen Consort Camilla.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walking down a red carpet.
Harry and Markle released a Netflix docuseries in December.
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The 76th British Academy Film Awards will take place in London on Feb. 19.

Reps for the Sussexes did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.

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