Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped out for Charlie van Straubenzee’s weddingthis weekend, but Kate Middleton and Prince William were notably absent.
While Prince Harry was best man at the wedding, Prince William didn’t have an official role, so it was less crucial for him to attend the nuptials. And even though the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were expected to put in an appearance at the ceremony, they didn’t make it to the event.
According to Hello! magazine, the reason that Kate and William missed the van Straubenzee wedding is likely because “the couple may have always planned to shun the spotlight and slip into the reception later this evening.” The publication cites their recent trip to Mustique as a possible reason for the no-show, noting that “Harry and Meghan were always sure to attend, with the Prince’s best man duties a poorly kept secret.”
One of the reasons William and Kate were expected to attend the wedding is because Charlie van Straubenzee’s brother, Tom, is one of Princess Charlotte‘s godparents. It’s also believed that both Charlie and Tom were members of the wedding party in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding on May 19. Clearly, the van Straubenzee’s are extremely close to several members of the royal family, but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge managed to avoid being photographed this weekend.
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This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US