According to People magazine, Kate Middleton declined the invitation to attend the nuptials from the start. Thus, the duchess wasn’t on the wedding list and she wasn’t expected to show up.
Recently, a source told the Daily Mail that Duchess Kate “had been expected to attend,” and that “the names William and Catherine Wales were written on the plan, which appeared on an antique-looking mirror.”
Prince William went with his sister-in-law, Pippa Middleton, at his friend’s wedding, which took place on Saturday in Thurlestone, Devon. Bear Maclean was among the guests present at the royal couple’s wedding in 2011.
It is likely that the royal couple doesn’t want to outshine the bride and groom on a day so important to them, as veteran royals photographer Mark Stewart believes.
“They do become the center of attention,” the photographer told People. “Suddenly you can have 200 members of the public in a churchyard and that changes the dynamics.”
“They didn’t like the idea of upstaging the bride and groom – they wanted it to be about the couple getting married and not themselves,” Stewart added.
Another reason could be that Kate wants to stay with their two young children, Princess Charlotte, nearly 4 months, and Prince George, who turned 2 last month.
The Duke of Cambridge opened up about their adorable children in an interview with Sky News last month.
“It has been fantastic and she has been a little joy of heaven. But at the same time it is more responsibility, looking after two little ones, especially when George is around. He’s a little monkey,” the royal father-of-two said.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, attended the nuptials of the Duke’s cousin Zara Philips with Mike Tindall in 2011, and she also accompanied her husband in 2013 at polo player Mark Tomlinson’s wedding to Olympic equestrian Laura Bechtolsheimer, which marked her last appearance at such events.
Kate missed a few weddings, as William showed up solo or with his brother Prince Harry, which was also the case at the wedding of his friend Thomas van Staubenzee with Lady Melissa Percy back in 2013.