Prince Harry has reportedly been left ‘deeply saddened’ after a request to lay a wreath as part of the royal family’s Remembrance Day commemorations was denied.
This year marks the first time the 36-year-old will commemorate Remembrance Day outside of his role as a senior member of the royal family, and it seems there is no space to include him in family plans.
The Times reports the now LA-based royal requested to have a wreath laid on his behalf at the Cenotaph Remembrance Sunday ceremony, which his father Prince Charles and brother Prince William attended without him this year.
It seems Harry’s request was denied by Buckingham Palace reportedly because he no longer represents the monarchy since stepping down from royal duties along with wife Meghan Markle back in March.
The Times reports that the Queen wasn’t notified of the request, the refusal of which reportedly left Harry ‘deeply saddened’.
Harry served in the Armed Forced for a decade before returning to life as a full-time member of the royal family, with the Prince discussing the importance of the day on military podcast Declassified.
“The act of remembering, of remembrance, is a profound act of honour,” he told the podcast. “It's how we preserve the legacies of entire generations and show our gratitude for the sacrifices they made in order for us to be able to live the lives we live today.”
Publications report that Buckingham Palace and the Sussexes have neither confirmed nor denied the request and refusal.
Harry hinted he would still wear the poppy, a sign of remembrance, on the day, saying he wore it to recognise everyone who had served.
“I wear the poppy to recognise all those who have served; the soldiers I knew, as well as those I didn't,” he said.
This year royal family members attended socially-distanced services as the UK reenters strict lockdowns on the back of a devastating second wave of coronavirus infections.
It was a thin Royal lineup this year with Prince Andrew also a notable absence on the back of his alleged involvement in Jefferey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex ring.
Prince William and Prince Charles laid the wreath while the Queen, Camilla, Kate and other royals watched on from balconies where they were stood metres away from one another.
Remembrance Sunday is the annual day of commemoration for those who have served in war.
The official Remembrance Day falls on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended the First World War.
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