During a recent ceremony, Prince Charles and Prince William left solemn tributes—however, when Prince Harry requested to do the same, he was denied. But why?
Prince Harry Asks to Lay a Wreath During Ceremony, Gets Denied
During Remembrance Day, Prince Harry asked if he could leave a wreath of poppies at the national memorial in honor of servicemen who have fallen. However, he was turned down.
This is yet another sign of how far Harry has become estranged from the royal family, considering he rose to the rank of Captain, took two tours of duty in Afghanistan and served in the Army for 10 years.
It was back in March when he and Meghan Markle stepped down from their royal duties.
The reason his request was turned down by courtiers is because he no longer represents the royal family, reported The Sunday Times.
During the same ceremony, Prince Charles laid a wreath both for himself and for Queen Elizabeth, while Harry’s brother, Prince William, also left a solemn tribute.
Coronavirus Pandemic Prevented Prince Harry from Traveling
If not for the coronavirus pandemic, Harry would have been in the U.K. during the Remembrance Day ceremony. Since the pandemic affected all travel plans, Prince Harry could have otherwise made a tribute of his own along with some of his military comrades.
Since he wasn’t able to do so, he instead took part in a podcast with other veterans and talked about what his uniform means to him, and what goes through his mind when he thinks about those who have fallen.
Not only that, but Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan also laid a wreath and flowers at the Los Angeles National Cemetery on Sunday. Meghan picked the flowers from their garden and laid them at the gravesites of two commonwealth soldiers. One was from the Royal Canadian Artillery while the other served in the Royal Australian Air Force.
They also placed a wreath near a plaque that read, “In Memory of the Men Who Offered Their Lives in Defense of Their Country.”
Prince Harry Still Has Military on His Mind
Despite stepping down from the royal family, Prince Harry still keeps the military community very much in mind. During the podcast Declassified that was released late on Saturday, he spoke about the British tradition of wearing a poppy as a tribute to veterans who have lost their lives.
He said he does so for “the soldiers I knew, as well as those I didn’t. The soldiers who were by my side in Afghanistan, those who had their lives changed forever, and those that didn’t come home.”
“I wear it to celebrate the bravery and determination of all our veterans, and their loved ones, especially those in our Invictus family. 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,” he continued.