After appearing to skip Oscar parties, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been called “Hollywood nobodies” by a royal novelist.
Hollywood A-listers partied the night away at Sir Elton John’s AIDS Foundation’s 31st Annual Academy Awards Watching Party, but the couple, who is headquartered in Montecito, California, was nowhere to be found.
Tom Bower, an author and royal expert who spoke on GB News, asserted that the Duke and Duchess’s absence at the exclusive event demonstrated a decline in their power in Hollywood.
It is not known whether the couple turned down an invitation to the event, or if they were simply taken off the guest list.
Speaking on TV yesterday, Bower said: ‘They weren’t even invited to Elton John’s party at the Oscars. They really are nobodies in Hollywood!.’
Sir Elton has been a constant support in Harry’s life, performing at his wedding to Meghan in 2018 in Windsor.
Last year, the couple shared a personal message with Sir Elton John ahead of his farewell concert at the Dodgers Stadium.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were featured in a compilation video showing stars paying tribute to Sir Elton ahead of the gig, which aired live on Disney+.
In the clip, which appeared to have been filmed at the couple’s Archewell offices, Prince Harry said:
‘Thank you for being the friend that you were to my mum. Thank you for being our friend, thank you for being a friend to our kids.’
The couple both said ‘Hi Elton’ before Meghan said: ‘We just wanted to say congratulations!
‘We are just so proud of you and so grateful that we were able to see you on your farewell tour also.’
Harry said: ‘Thank you for entertaining everybody for so many decades. Thank you for being the friend that you were to my mum.
‘Thank you for being our friend, thank you for being a friend to our kids and thank you for entertaining people right around the world.
‘Even though this is officially your retirement, this will not be your last gig and we know that. We love you and congratulations on your incredible career.’
The clip finished with Meghan placing her head on to Harry’s chest and blowing a kiss to the camera.
Famed musician Sir Elton was good friends with Harry’s late mother Princess Diana and maintained a close relationship with the Duke after her death in 1997.
Sir Elton and his husband David Furnish were also among the many celebrity guests invited to attend Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May 2018.