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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have officially turned down an invite to visit a seaside port in Co Down.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are expecting their first child next spring, were sent an invitation to visit Kilkeel soon after they got married in May.

It was extended by Newry, Mourne and Down Council after the newlyweds were conferred the titles of Baron and Baroness of Kilkeel by the Queen.

However, the council has now received a response on behalf of the assistant private secretary to the Duchess. It said while the royal couple welcomed their Kilkeel titles and were delighted with the invite to their "namesake town", they could not accept it at "this moment in time".

"I am sorry to have to send you this disappointing response but do hope you understand," the letter read.

In March, thousands came out to catch a glimpse of the couple in Belfast as they took part in a mini tour of the UK ahead of their wedding day.

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Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party.
Charlie Butler, Gregg Clarke, William Humphrey MLA, Gareth McKeown Stephen Paul and Ryan McMinn. Pic: Freddie Parkinson Presseye

Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Charlie Butler, Gregg Clarke, William Humphrey MLA, Gareth McKeown Stephen Paul and Ryan McMinn. Pic: Freddie Parkinson Presseye

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Saturday 19 May 2018
Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast.
Community First Wedding Party.
Little Ariyah Martin only 4 weeks old and her Uncle William Humphrey M L A, Harper McMinn, Reeva Townsley, Miley Smith and Alayna Orr.

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Little Ariyah Martin only 4 weeks old and her Uncle William Humphrey M L A, Harper McMinn, Reeva Townsley, Miley Smith and Alayna Orr.

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Saturday 19 May 2018
Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast.
Community First Wedding Party.
Taylor Miscandlon andLittle Ariyah Martin only 4 weeks old and her Uncle William Humphrey M L A

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Taylor Miscandlon andLittle Ariyah Martin only 4 weeks old and her Uncle William Humphrey M L A

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Saturday 19 May 2018
Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast.
Community First Wedding Party.
Little Ariyah Martin only 4 weeks old and her Uncle William Humphrey M L A

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Little Ariyah Martin only 4 weeks old and her Uncle William Humphrey M L A

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Saturday 19 May 2018
Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast.
Community First Wedding Party.
Cathy Lundy enjoys the sun and party

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Cathy Lundy enjoys the sun and party

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Saturday 19 May 2018
Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast.
Community First Wedding Party.
Cathy Lundy enjoys the sun and party

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Cathy Lundy enjoys the sun and party

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Saturday 19 May 2018
Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast.
Community First Wedding Party.
Ellen Whyte (5) and Sofia Nesbitt (4)

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Ellen Whyte (5) and Sofia Nesbitt (4)

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Saturday 19 May 2018
Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast.
Community First Wedding Party.
Alayna Orr (3), Maddox (5) and Sonni (3) Tahiri

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Alayna Orr (3), Maddox (5) and Sonni (3) Tahiri

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Saturday 19 May 2018
Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast.
Community First Wedding Party.
Lexi Watson (5) and Cassie Douglas (3) wearing their party dresses made by Mum Nicole.

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Lexi Watson (5) and Cassie Douglas (3) wearing their party dresses made by Mum Nicole.

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Saturday 19 May 2018
Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast.
Community First Wedding Party.

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party.

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Saturday 19 May 2018
Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast.
Community First Wedding Party.

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party.

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Saturday 19 May 2018
Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast.
Community First Wedding Party.
Karson Fluke (2)

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Karson Fluke (2)

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Saturday 19 May 2018
Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast.
Community First Wedding Party.
Kirsty Maclure and Zara Fleck (4)

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Kirsty Maclure and Zara Fleck (4)

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Saturday 19 May 2018
Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast.
Community First Wedding Party.
Paige Irvine (Centre) with twins Faith and Gracey McMullan (3)

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Paige Irvine (Centre) with twins Faith and Gracey McMullan (3)

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Saturday 19 May 2018
The Little Beauty Lounge, Crumlin Road, Belfast 
Prosecco and Strawberries at the party for Emma Moore, Jade Hamill, Lauren Williamson and Kelly Crawford

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 The Little Beauty Lounge, Crumlin Road, Belfast Prosecco and Strawberries at the party for Emma Moore, Jade Hamill, Lauren Williamson and Kelly Crawford

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Saturday 19 May 2018
Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast.
Community First Wedding Party.
Paige Irvine (Centre) with twins Faith and Gracey McMullan (3)

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Paige Irvine (Centre) with twins Faith and Gracey McMullan (3)

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Saturday 19 May 2018
The Little Beauty Lounge, Crumlin Road, Belfast 
Prosecco and Strawberries at the party for Emma Moore, Jade Hamill, Lauren Williamson and Kelly Crawford

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 The Little Beauty Lounge, Crumlin Road, Belfast Prosecco and Strawberries at the party for Emma Moore, Jade Hamill, Lauren Williamson and Kelly Crawford

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Saturday 19 May 2018
The Little Beauty Lounge, Crumlin Road, Belfast 
Jade Hamill handing out the Tea Cakes for the Wedding Party.

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 The Little Beauty Lounge, Crumlin Road, Belfast Jade Hamill handing out the Tea Cakes for the Wedding Party.

Freddie Parkinson

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Saturday 19 May 2018
The Little Beauty Lounge, Crumlin Road, Belfast 
Jade Hamill handing out the Tea Cakes for the Wedding Party.

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 The Little Beauty Lounge, Crumlin Road, Belfast Jade Hamill handing out the Tea Cakes for the Wedding Party.

Freddie Parkinson

Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Charlie Butler, Gregg Clarke, William Humphrey MLA, Gareth McKeown Stephen Paul and Ryan McMinn. Pic: Freddie Parkinson Presseye

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