Meghan Markle Will Reportedly Not Attend Met Gala 2020 despite Previous Reports
Even though Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal exit officially steps in at the end of March, the Duchess of Sussex will not be attending the Met Gala in May this year.
The annual star-studded charity fundraiser draws the biggest names in town, but this year Meghan Markle will reportedly not be one of them.
The Met Gala will be co-chaired by Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Louis Vuitton's Nicolas Ghersquière, and Vogue's editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, and Meghan will have no part in it whatsoever as a source told PEOPLE:
“The Duchess is not attending this year’s Met Gala — in any capacity.”
What Meghan did do in great capacity last year, is make history with her British Vogue collaboration for their September issue.
The Duchess of Sussex guest-edited the issue after British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful happily agreed to the collaboration, and it carried the #ForcesForChange theme.
After hitting the shelves, the issue became British Vogue's fastest and biggest-selling issue in the last decade. In the brand's 103-year history, no one had ever guest-edited one of their issues, let alone a royal.
Impressed by her efforts and natural talent, Edward didn't shy away from giving credit where it's due, as he said during a joint interview while addressing Meghan:
“No — in the history of Vogue, you’re the first. You have an editor’s eye, I mean, I’ve never seen anything like it. You were so thorough from beginning to end.”
With another ending in sight, Meghan and Prince Harry are heading into the last of their royal engagements as senior members of the royal family.
Effective as of March 31, the royal couple's official exit date is just around the corner and they are set to make their first joint public appearance in the UK on Thursday since relocating to Canada.
Prince Harry and Meghan will attend the Endeavor Fund Awards in honor of injured military service members. Then they will step out again together on March 7 at the Mountbatten Music Festival held at the Royal Albert Hall.
Kate and Prince William also have a busy schedule ahead of joining the Sussex's and senior members of the royal family for the Commonwealth Day service on March 9.
The royal couple arrived in Ireland on Tuesday for a three-day tour of the country, which includes visits to Galway, County Meath, County Kildare, and Dublin.
During Meghan and Prince Harry's stay in the UK, they will reportedly be staying at their family home - Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.
The Queen gifted the couple the cottage before Archie's birth, and with their royal exit, Meghan and Prince Harry will reportedly pay commercial rent on the property as well as fund its running costs out of their own pockets.
The full effects of their transition are still unfolding, as the Canadian government recently announced that they will be withdrawing the couple's security services after their official exit date.
Since the couple is still technically senior members of the royal family, the Canadian government footed their security bill, but that "assistance will cease in the coming weeks."