Prince Harry wanted a wreath laid at the Cenotaph in his name but the palace refused

Yesterday was Remembrance Sunday in the UK, with several socially-distant events around the UK to honor the end of World War I. The Windsors always dress in black, lay a wreath at the Cenotaph and watch a military parade. Some of the royals – the ones who served, usually – take part in the parade, and almost all of them are involved with the wreath-laying. Apparently, Prince Harry asked Buckingham Palace if he could have a wreath laid at the Cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday, especially considering that he’s the only royal figure in the past thirty years to serve in a war. The palace refused.

The Duke of Sussex was refused permission for a wreath to be laid at the Cenotaph on his behalf today, in the latest sign of the growing gulf between him and the royal family. Prince Harry, who stepped down from royal duties in March, made the personal request to Buckingham Palace, but was denied by courtiers on the grounds that he is no longer representing the monarchy. He first laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in 2009 at the age of 25. The Queen was not made aware of her grandson’s wish.

Harry is understood to be deeply saddened by the decision, the clearest sign yet that his official links to the royal family are permanently severed. His decade of military service, which he once described as “one of the best professions you can ever be involved with”, transformed his image from that of a playboy prince. He became a campaigner for veterans’ causes, including the Invictus Games, the sporting event for wounded and ill service personnel.

The duke gave up his military posts after relocating to California with the Duchess of Sussex, including his role as Captain General of the Royal Marines. But a year-long “review period” agreed with the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge aimed to leave the door open for Harry to resume some of his military links, an option that now seems unlikely.

In a recording for the Declassified podcast which will air today, Harry, 36, said: “Remembrance Day for me is a moment for respect and for hope. I wear it [the poppy] to celebrate the bravery and determination of all our veterans. These are the people and moments I remember when I salute, when I stand at attention and when I lay a wreath at the Cenotaph.”

Harry is not the only royal to be absent from today’s service. The Duke of York will also not attend.

[From The Times]

“The Queen was not made aware of her grandson’s wish.” I don’t believe it. I’m calling bullsh-t on that. I think the Queen was informed and she’s such a petty, tone-deaf a–hole, she made the call to refuse Harry this one request. And I think the courtiers knew exactly how bad it looks, so they’re falling on their swords for the Petty Queen. I also think that the British media will likely continue their unhinged narrative about how Harry “abandoned” them and “abandoned” the military, even though it’s 100% clear that he’s been pushed out of all of his military honors and titles. They wouldn’t even let him pay his respects on Remembrance Day. It’s beyond petty.

Also: The Sussexes went to LA National Cemetery yesterday, Remembrance Sunday.

— Omid Scobie (@scobie) November 8, 2020

— Omid Scobie (@scobie) November 8, 2020

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