Meghan Markle, Prince Harry barred from palace reception

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Won’t Attend Palace Reception: ‘It’s for Working Members of the Family’

Hosted by King Charles and Queen Camilla, the reception will welcome heads of state and official overseas guests who have traveled to London for Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral on Monday. About 2,000 people are expected to gather at Westminster Abbey for the event.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will not join other members of the royal family at a Buckingham Palace reception for world leaders traveling to London for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.

PEOPLE understands that while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were initially invited to the event on Sunday, the palace now says the reception is “for working members of the royal family.”

On Saturday evening, Prince Harry will join his seven cousins in standing vigil around Queen Elizabeth’s coffin in Westminster Hall, where it has been lying in state and visited by thousands of mourners since Wednesday.

Although it was announced earlier this week that only working members of the royal family who hold military rank would wear their service uniforms for the Queen’s funerary events, Prince Harry — who served two tours in Afghanistan during his 10-year career in the British Army — will wear his military regalia for the vigil.

The update comes “at the King’s request,” according to a palace source, and the decision was made without Prince Harry requesting a change, PEOPLE has learned. The Duke of Sussex was prepared to wear whatever was asked, PEOPLE understands, and his focus is on honoring his grandmother.

Prince Harry, who turned 38 on Thursday, and Meghan, 41, had traveled to Europe from their California home for a series of charity events when Queen Elizabeth died on September 8.