While the entire Royal family was gathered at Westminster Abbey to pay tribute to Prince Philip on Tuesday, March 29, Prince Harry did not take part in the ceremony. An absence that the Duke of Sussex bitterly regrets, as revealed by a royal expert.
Prince Harry was conspicuous by his absence. While Princes Charles, Prince William and Andrew supported Queen Elizabeth II at the mass in tribute to Prince Philip on Tuesday, March 29, the husband of Meghan Markle did not want to take part in the ceremony. After the refusal of the British government to grant them a protection service, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex preferred to stay in their sublime Californian villa in Montecito. A decision widely criticized and considered disrespectful. However, the time would be remorseful for the father of the family. According to Stewart Pearce, the 37-year-old prince is frustrated that he did not attend the service. “I think Harry is actually very disappointed that he wasn’t able to attend this remarkable day in honor of his grandfather, for whom he had an intense love,” the royal expert confides in the Royally Us podcast.
According to Stewart Pearce, the absence of Prince William‘s brother “has a lot to do with the security officials.” Indeed. Lady Diana’s youngest son is currently embroiled in a legal battle to retain royal protection when he comes to the UK, as revealed by The Express tabloid. Since his exile to the United States with Meghan Markle, Prince Harry has lost all the benefits of royalty, such as police protection. As a result, Harry has stated that he is “unable to return to his native country until this issue is resolved.” In a January statement, Harry’s team noted, “While his role within the institution has changed, his profile as a member of the royal family has not. Nor has the threat to him and his family.” Between his run-ins with the law and the much-dreaded release of his biography, Prince Harry is not about to pay a final tribute to his grandfather.
Prince Harry: what was his relationship with his grandfather Philip?
Although he did not attend the ceremony in tribute to Prince Philip, Harry does not wait for a special occasion to salute the memory of his late grandfather. A few days after the Duke of Edinburgh’s death, Harry unveiled a lengthy statement on the Archewell Foundation website. “My grandfather was a man of service, honor and great humor,” he recalled, “he was authentically himself.” For if some remember the Duke of Edinburgh as a man of duty, an unwavering pillar of Her Majesty Elizabeth II, the interested party lifted the veil on another facet of his personality. A grandfather “master of the barbecue, a legend of jokes”, “cheeky to the end.”
He added, “He was a rock for Her Majesty the Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and even if I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, ‘Oh let’s get this over with!” Very close to his grandfather, Harry is careful not to disappoint him, as a source close to the Duke revealed to Dailymail in 2008. “He [Harry] and his grandfather are very close and Harry is determined that Prince Philip knows how seriously he takes his role.” He added, “He loves his casual look, his love of the military and his sense of humor.”
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