The Royals Denied Harry’s Request to Take Part in Remembrance Sunday

Prince Harry's request for a wreath to be laid in his name at the Cenotaph, the British national memorial to fallen service members, was declined.

britains prince harry, duke of sussex arrives to attend the 91st field of remembrance at westminster abbey in central london on november 7, 2019 the field of remembrance is organised by the poppy factory, and has been held in the grounds of westminster abbey since november 1928, when only two remembrance tribute crosses were planted photo by tolga akmen afp photo by tolga akmenafp via getty images
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  • Prince Harry asked Buckingham Palace for a wreath to be laid in his name at the Cenotaph, the British national memorial to fallen service members, on Remembrance Sunday.
  • Courtiers declined Harry's request, according to the Sunday Times, because he is no longer a senior member of the royal family.
  • Harry was reportedly "deeply saddened" by the palace's decision. 

According to the Sunday Times, Buckingham Palace refused Prince Harry's request to participate from a distance in the royal ceremony on Remembrance Sunday, the British day of memorial for fallen service members. Harry reportedly asked that a wreath be laid in his name at the Cenotaph, the London war memorial where official Remembrance Sunday events take place. But while Prince Charles and Prince William laid wreaths, Harry's request was declined by courtiers because "he is no longer representing the monarchy," the Sunday Times reports.

Harry, a British Army veteran, was reportedly (and understandably!) "deeply saddened" by the palace's decision, which the Times calls "the clearest sign yet that his official links to the royal family are permanently severed." According to the newspaper, the Queen "was not made aware of her grandson’s wish."

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Harry and Meghan Markle privately commemorated Remembrance Sunday in California, visiting the Los Angeles National Cemetery to lay flowers at the graves of Commonwealth soldiers. According to Harper's Bazaar, the Sussexes also placed a wreath at the cemetery's obelisk, with a plaque reading, "In Memory of the Men Who Offered Their Lives in Defense of Their Country."

The Duke of Sussex added a personal message to the wreath, which read, "To all of those who have served, and are serving. Thank you." An insider told Harper's Bazaar, "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." 

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