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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle secretly invited Sadiq Khan to their £11m Montecito mansion

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle secretly invited Sadiq Khan to their £11m Montecito mansion 2

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle secretly invited Sadiq Khan to their £11m Montecito mansion as London Mayor toured the US after turning down his invite to LA party and sending three aides instead

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle secretly invited Sadiq Khan to a meeting at their £11million California mansion during his ‘vanity’ tour of America, it emerged today. 

The Sussexes made the offer after they had to turn down the Mayor of London’s invitation to be the star guests at a glitzy party he hosted in Los Angeles during last week’s jaunt, which is said to have cost taxpayers tens of thousands of pounds. 

However, Mr Khan turned the offer down due to ‘logistical difficulties’ – including a packed schedule and the 90-minute drive from his party in West Hollywood to their home near Santa Barbara. 

A spokesman for the Archewell Foundation did not deny the story when contacted by The Standard. 

Mr Khan, 51, is a friend of Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and it is likely he would want to avoid being drawn into the ‘civil war’ between the Sussexes and the rest of the Royal Family. 

The Mayor met William before the FA Cup final last weekend, and he also attended the Queen’s opening of Crossrail on Tuesday. 

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan greets James Corden at the party in Los Angeles on Tuesday last week, which was touted as an attempt to boost London's tourism industry

Meghan and Harry at the Invictus Games

The Sussexes invited Sadiq Khan to their Santa Barbara mansion after they turned down an invitation to appear at his glitzy LA party last week (where he is seen greeting James Corden, left) 

Mr Khan turned the offer down due to 'logistical difficulties' - including a packed schedule and the 90-minute drive from his party in West Hollywood to their home near Santa Barbara

Mr Khan turned the offer down due to ‘logistical difficulties’ – including a packed schedule and the 90-minute drive from his party in West Hollywood to their home near Santa Barbara

Meghan and Harry sent three members of staff to the party, held on Tuesday last week, including James Holt, Nick Clegg’s former communications chief who is now executive director of the Archewell Foundation. 

The bash was held at Holloway House, part of the Soho House  empire, and attended by a raft of celebrities including James Corden and Richard Curtis. 

Mr Khan’s ‘swanning around’ the US is likely to have cost British taxpayers tens of thousands of pounds, with critics questioning whether the transatlantic trip is ‘to promote London or to promote himself’.

Critics have suggested that Mayor Khan is so keen for publicity on the trip he calls a £10million trade mission that even a cup of coffee with former Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, was turned into a photo op.

And after jetting across the country to the Silicon Valley in California, The Mayor of London grabbed more headlines after he said Donald Trump’s term as US president led to a significant rise in racial abuse directed at him – and urged Elon Musk not to let the billionaire return to Twitter unless he was sure Trump had ‘learned his lesson’.

London Conservatives told MailOnline there are questions about ‘probity and transparency’ in the Mayor’s office after their demand to know what the trip has cost Londoners, who have been handed a record 8.8 per cent council tax increase, was knocked back.

Suspicions were raised after Mr Khan shared a tweet thanking United Airlines for ‘getting me to NYC safely’, prompting speculation the £12bn airline may have provided free or discounted flights.

City Hall has said that the full costs of the visit will be calculated on the Mr Khan’s return to London. 

But a week-long trip to China by Boris Johnson when he was mayor cost taxpayers £65,000 due to flights, accommodation and expenses for him and his entourage.

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