Pippa Middleton Bans Prince Harry's Girlfriend From Her Wedding With A "No Ring, No Bring" Rule

Pippa Middleton Bans Prince Harry's Girlfriend From Her Wedding With A "No Ring, No Bring" Rule

Is it wrong to not invite her?

By Marianne Garvey
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Princess Charlotte will be in her very first wedding as a bridesmaid when Pippa Middleton gets married—but not everyone will be there to see it.

Of course Pippa's sister, Kate Middleton will be there, along with Prince William and Prince Harry. But Harry’s serious girlfriend, actress Meghan Markle, is not invited, reports The Sun, under the snobby “no ring, no bring” rule.

Pippa’s wedding day (she’ll marry hedge fund honcho James Matthews) is scheduled for May 20 at St. Mark's Church in Englefield, England. The last time we saw her in a white dress she upstaged her own sister at the royal wedding in 2011 by showing off her derriere to the world. But she won't be upstaged by an actress on her big day.

“Pippa had already instituted a ‘no ring no bring’ policy to the reception at the Middleton family home, which is likely to see Prince Harry attend without his TV star girlfriend Meghan Markle,” says the report. “It’s clear Pippa doesn’t want to be outshone by any TV babes on her big day.”

But Harry is serious about Meghan, with US Weekly reporting they’ll likely get engaged over the summer. Harry just secretly traveled to see her in Toronto to celebrate Easter weekend with her.

“He had planned to visit her after she started filming and it will be one of a few trips while she's working on Suits,” an insider says.

The two began began dating in June of last year.

So would Pippa be wrong to not invite her?

Seri Kertzner, founder of Little Miss Party Planner, says brides usually do make an exception to the "no ring, no bring" rule for immediate family.

"My attitude and thoughts are, if it's immediate family you usually make an exception. I understand they're not engaged yet, but if they're serious about the person and will be in their life forever, then you should invite them."

Seri says it was "World War III" for her own family when her husband's cousin didn't invite her sister-in-law with a date to a wedding.

And they ended up married. She was so mad. I felt bad for her. It was immediate family, too," she says.

There is a way to please everybody.

"I believe if it's immediate family, you make an exception, but know also the person will be in all the photos. If the family doesn't want them there, if in 10 years she's not around, then the photos will look weird."

Seri says in this case, Harry is Pippa's sister's brother-in-law, so "she doesn't have to invite her in this instance."

"You would invite her to the after party, but she's not there for the family photos. She would come later."

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