Despite not being on the list of world leaders invited to the funeral by Buckingham Palace, Mnangagwa asked to attend the Queen’s funeral in a sympathy letter to the king.
According to a statement released by the King’s Deputy Senior Correspondence Officer, Miss Jennie Vine, the request from the President of Zimbabwe was declined due to allegations of human rights abuses in that country.
The statement read in part, “His Majesty King Charles III, has asked me to inform you that President Mnangagwa’s request cannot be granted as it would go against the restrictions, including those of travel, that the United Kingdom has in place about many of the Zimbabwean governmental leadership and those connected to them.”
Furthermore, reports of violations of human rights in Zimbabwe have been proven, causing widespread alarm.
We acknowledge your concern that, in the interest of good international relations, President Mnangagwa has not been invited; nonetheless, the remainder of our actions remain unchanged.