The Queen 'personally' banned Harry from Remembrance Day

Marni Dixit
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·3-min read

The Queen reportedly personally stepped in to ban Prince Harry from taking part in Remembrance Day in November last year.

The reports come two months after the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate Middleton attended the Remembrance Day service on November 8 to honour armed forces members who died in the line of duty.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth
New reports suggest the Queen personally banned Prince Harry from participating in the 2020 Remembrance Day service from California. Photo: Getty

Prince Harry, who moved to California in April 2020, was not involved in the ceremony with reports at the time suggesting he requested a wreath be laid in his name, only for it to be rejected.

Harry and wife Meghan Markle were then photographed leaving flowers at the graves of two Commonwealth soldiers in the Los Angeles National Cemetery.

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At the time, it was believed the Queen had no knowledge of the decision to reject Harry's request, but it's now been alleged she personally turned down the request.

"Remembrance Sunday is sacrosanct when it comes to Her Majesty’s diary," a source told The Daily Mail. "It’s one of the most important dates in her calendar and nothing is done without her knowledge.

"People were suggesting the Palace’s reaction to what Harry asked was petty. But it was the Queen’s decision. And what’s more, she actually had very strong views on the subject."

The Queen at the National Service of Remembrance
The Queen at the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph on November 08, 2020 in London. Photo: Getty

The source suggested it took the Queen "all of two seconds" to make up her mind, while another added, "The Queen is very firmly of the opinion that you can't pick and choose what you do when it comes to the institution, either you are in — or you are out."

Harry stepped down as a senior royal in March 2020 and now lives in California with Meghan and their son Archie.

The Prince was reportedly "deeply saddened" by the decision to reject his request according to The Times.

Harry served in the Armed Forced for a decade before returning to life as a full-time member of the royal family and was heavily involved in promoting causes for veterans including the Invictus Games.

Prince Harry and Meghan at the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey
Prince Harry and Meghan during their visit to the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in central London on November 7, 2019. Photo: Getty

He had been laying wreaths at the Cenotaph for 11 years and described wearing his poppy with pride to "celebrate the bravery of all our veterans … the people I remember when I lay a wreath at the Cenotaph".

At the time, TV host Piers Morgan slammed Harry and Meghan's tribute in LA, describing it as a "PR stunt".

He wrote, "Outrageous. Treating Remembrance Sunday like a PR opportunity & trying to steal headlines from the real royals doing their duty back home."

Harry hinted that he was upset about missing the service, telling a military podcast: "Even when we can’t all be together we always remember together."

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