Prince Harry Misses Prince Philip’s Memorial Because He Doesn’t Feel Safe in England
A memorial service for the late Prince Philip has recently been held on March 29 at Westminster Abbey. Prince Philip died a the age of 99 last April, but only a small ceremony was held due to COVID. Though Prince Harry was there for the funeral, for this most recent memorial, he was very noticeably absent.
It wasn’t a surprise that the royal didn’t attend the service. A spokesperson had confirmed prior that he will not be making the trip to the United Kingdom with his wife Meghan Markle.
That wasn’t always the case, however, A while back, the family had planned to attend the ceremony along with their youngest child, 9-month-old Lilibet, who has yet to meet the res tof the family. However, there has been a few safety issues related to office security that had to stop them from coming.
Over the last few months, Prince Harry has been in a battle with the Home Office the safety of his family in England. Harry claims that he doesn’t feel adequately protected in terms of security. He also says he has been denied to pay for police protection—he was denied after two attempts to petition to twice to pay out of pocket so “as not to impose on the British taxpayer.”
Just some of the royal members that did attend the memorial service were of course, the Queen, as well as Harry’s father, Prince Charles, and his brother Prince William along with Prince Andrew.
The last time Prince Harry was in London was during the summer of 2021 in which his security was in fact compromised during a paparazzi car chase after he left a charity event. Before that, he had come back to the UK for Prince Philip’s funeral in April of 2021 as well as during a statue unveiling event in memory of his mother Princess Diana in July.
Harry and Meghan have not both been back together since they decided to take a step back from the royal family in March of 2020. “It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages,” Prince Harry said in a statement a the time. To hear more on Prince Philip’s memorial service and why Prince Harry couldn’t attend, check out the video below.