Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Privately Visited an L.A. Cemetery in Honor of Remembrance Day

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle marked Remembrance Day from the United States by privately visiting a cemetery in Los Angeles.

  • On Sunday, November 8, people in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries celebrated Remembrance Sunday (opens in new tab) to honor those who have died in the line of duty while serving in the Armed Forces.
  • The royal family traditionally makes a public appearance at the annual Remembrance Day (opens in new tab) service to mark the occasion and did so in the U.K. today, even amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are still in the United States, but marked the occasion privately themselves by visiting a cemetery in Los Angeles to visit the graves of fallen Commonwealth soldiers.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) might not be physically with the rest of the royal family (opens in new tab), but today they're definitely with them in spirit. The couple wore commemorative poppy pins and privately visited the Los Angeles National Cemetery on Remembrance Sunday, November 8 in honor of those who have died in the line of duty.

During the private visit, Harry and Meghan (opens in new tab) laid flowers from their own garden at the gravesites of two Commonwealth soldiers, one who served in the Royal Australian Air Force and another who served in the Canadian Artillery, royal correspondent Omid Scobie revealed on Twitter (opens in new tab).

In a series of tweets on Sunday afternoon, Scobie (opens in new tab) shared details about the Sussexes' Remembrance Day outing, as well as pictures the couple shared with the public to mark the day.

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According to Scobie, Harry and Meghan "placed wreath at an obelisk in the cemetery that features a plaque inscribed with the words: 'In Memory of the Men Who Offered Their Lives in Deference of Their Country.' Harry message on the wreath read, 'To all of those who have served, and are serving. Thank you.'"

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"It was important to the duke and duchess to be able to personally recognize Remembrance in their own way, to pay tribute to those who have served and to those who gave their lives," a source close to the couple told Harper's Bazaar (opens in new tab)

Remembrance Day holds special meaning to the Sussexes as Harry served for 10 years in the British Army and Meghan’s grandfather, Alvin Ragland, served in the U.S. Coast Guard.

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