Prince Harry has been living away from the royal family for more than two years now. The brother of Prince William shocked the world when he announced, in January 2020, that he would be stepping back from his royal duties alongside his wife, Meghan Markle.
Earlier this year, Prince Harry made headlines again after it was learned that he is challenging a Home Office decision that banned him from getting his own security whenever he and his family step their feet on British soil, even if he offered to pay for it himself. A spokesperson for the Duke of Sussex revealed Harry still considers the U.K. as his home, but he does not feel safe there.
Now, new reports are claiming that Prince Harry wishes he had attended the memorial service of the late Prince Philip after allegedly watching his grieving family on TV. Keep on reading to know more details.
Prince Harry Could Have Made The Trip To London For Queen Elizabeth?
Woman's Day New Zealand, in its April 4, 2022 issue, claimed that Prince Harry regrets not being on Queen Elizabeth's side during the Service of Remembrance for the late Prince Philip last week. An unnamed source told the entertainment news publication that the husband of Meghan Markle "deeply regrets" not attending after seeing the 95-year-old monarch's visible grief at the event.
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The tipster claimed:
"Harry tuned into the service, which was in the wee hours of the morning for him, and seeing his usually soic granny looking so frail and attempting to stem her tears was something he'll never forget. He thought he was doing the right thing by his wife and children boycotting this trip, but now he's not so sure."
An unidentified palace source also commented on Prince Harry's absence during the emotional church service at Westminster Abbey, saying:
"This service, with Prince Philip's near and distant relatives, friends and supporters, was designed to make up for the fact that they couldn't hold a proper funeral when he died last year due to pandemic restrictions. It was a family event and it was expected that everyone should be there. The Queen herself can barely walk and there are serious concerns for her health, but even she soldiered on in honour of her late husband. This makes Harry's absence all the more shocking."
The absence of Prince Harry was obvious as the rest of his cousins were seen at the church supporting each other through the sombre ceremony, which include Zara Tindall, Princess Eugenie, and Princess Beatrice. The older daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson was even seen crying while covering her face with her Order of Service.
Another insider stated:
"Harry and Meghan discussed at length whether he should go, and it was decided he shouldn't, because then his case against the Home Office loses strength. But at the end of the day, when your grandmother and cousin are crying live on global television and even your eight-yer-old nephew and six-year-old niece were there for the Queen, you probably feel a bit rotten about skipping out on this over a legal dispute."
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A separate informant noted:
"There was a lot of discussion behind hands after the service over how sad it was of Harry not to be there. It would have meant the world to his grandmother to have him by her side. This will be something he may live to regret for the rest of his life."
Prince Harry has yet to respond to the reports claiming that he "deeply regrets" not attending Prince Philip's memorial service amid his ongoing security row with the British government. So, devoted supporters of Meghan Markle's wife should take all these unverified claims with a huge grain of salt until everything is proven true and correct.
Prince Harry And Meghan Markle's Decision To Snub Queen Elizabeth 'A Slap In The Face'?
Meanwhile, Thomas Markle slammed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for not attending the memorial service of the late Prince Philip on his podcast called Remarkable Friends. The father of the former Suits actress, together with celebrity photographer Karl Larsen, called their absence "a slap in the face" of Queen Elizabeth.
The father-in-law of Prince Harry was quoted saying:
“Attending and giving respect and God’s grace to Prince Philip for a lifetime of service was very important to the Queen. For them to not show up was like a slap in the face to the Queen, and unforgivable. The British people won’t forgive them for that. Otherwise it was a good service, it went along very well, and well deserved for that man.”
Daily Mail reported that Prince Harry could not travel because he could not get personal protective security while visiting the U.K. even if he would foot bill. Most, if not all, royal fans are aware that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex lost their right to publicly-funded royal protection after they stepped back from royal life.
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