This Is Why Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Skipped the Queen’s Diplomatic Reception

On Tuesday night, many of the highest-ranking members of the royal family flocked to Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Diplomatic Corps Reception. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were not among the attendees at the ultra-formal event, but they had a good excuse.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent the evening attending a carol service in support of the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund, which provides aid for children’s education in Uganda. Sunday Times royal commentator Roya Nikkhah reported the news on Twitter and shared pictures of the event’s program, which lists Meghan as a reader. The organization is near and dear to Harry, who is a patron of the charity along with his brother Prince William.

Great to see the Duchess of Sussex support the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund charity with a reading at this evening’s carol service. Meghan & Harry attended together, William & Harry are joint patrons of the amazing charity which supports children’s education in Uganda. pic.twitter.com/dm2ZoaCwm4

— Roya Nikkhah (@RoyaNikkhah) December 4, 2018

“Prince Harry joined his wife, giving a powerful and moving appeal on behalf of the charity, established in memory of his close friend Henry,” Nikkhah wrote. “The Duke of Cambridge paid tribute to the charity’s work with a written message hailing the charity’s achievements.”

Prince Harry joined his wife, giving a powerful and moving appeal on behalf of the charity, established in memory of his close friend Henry. The Duke of Cambridge paid tribute to the charity’s work with a written message hailing the charity’s achievements pic.twitter.com/3sPWe8HUmn

— Roya Nikkhah (@RoyaNikkhah) December 4, 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were later captured departing the event together.