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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are becoming as reclusive as Hollywood's mysterious Greta Garbo, a royal expert claims.
The Duke and Duchess were nowhere to be seen among the star-studded line up of guests at Brooklyn Beckham's eye-wateringly pricey wedding on Saturday (April 9).
According to the Mirror, William and Kate were invited instead of Harry and Meghan "because of their long history of friendship".
Their absence has been dubbed the 'social snub of the year' by some but royal writer Daniela Elser says it is not the first time they have missed an event, at which many would have expected them to be revelling in the spotlight.
Instead of being seen mingling at America's biggest parties, the royal parents to two young children appear to be spending their evenings cosied up inside their California home.
Writing for News.com.au, Daniela said: "This latest Sussex-free event comes after rumours circulated earlier this year that we would see Harry and/or Meghan on the Oscars stage presenting an award, a glittering moment which obviously did not come to pass.
"Nor were the Montecito-based royal expats on the red carpet for the Met Gala in New York or on Martha’s Vineyard for President Barack Obama’s 60th birthday last year."
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Daniela suggests that it is possible the couple themselves are the ones snubbing the glitz and glamour of birthdays and award ceremonies in favour of "a night in".
The columnist compares Harry and Meghan's sudden withdrawal from the limelight to that of Swedish actress Greta Garbo who famously refused interviews and retired in her 30s.
Daniela continued: "However, for whatever reason, what is notable about the Sussexes is, since quitting the UK to talk about making content, how restrained their social life has been.
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"Like so many assumptions that seemed like rock-solid givens post-Megxit, Harry and Meghan, the thinking went, would make the splashiest of splashes on the American party scene."
She added: "At the time, there would not have been a soiree, premiere, fundraiser, or opening of an envelope from Hollywood to the Hamptons that would not have fallen over themselves to have them attend. Harry and Meghan were the social gets and they seemed more than happy to rub up against the biggest of names.
"And yet … Harry and Meghan seem to be working their way towards Greta Garbo-worthy levels of reclusiveness."
Daniela claimed that it was "marked" that the big names who rubbed shoulders with the Sussexes before their departure from the Royal Family "are nowhere to be seen now".
The Daily Star has approached Harry and Meghan's team for a comment.
- Prince Harry
- Meghan Markle
- Brooklyn Beckham
- Prince William
- Kate Middleton Duchess Of Cambridge
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