Queen Elizabeth’s Ruthless Decision Will Make Prince Harry Think Twice About Returning To England

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Many saw it a simple request — not Queen Elizabeth II. Prince Harry wanted to take part in the national memorial on Remembrance Sunday even though he is miles away in California with wife Meghan Markle.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, reached out to the event’s official organizers who prepared a wreath on his behalf that would honor the many who have given their lives or were wounded in war.

Palace officials surprised many by declining to have Harry’s wreath at the memorial because he and Meghan stepped down from their royal duties.

A source told PEOPLE Magazine that Prince Harry was left heartbroken by the move.

The royal insider claimed: “Harry understands that he doesn’t have the same formal role in the family as he used to. But he was saddened and disappointed by the decision.”

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Harry and Meghan mark Remembrance Sunday with a visit to Los Angeles National Cemetary. The couple placed a wreath at an obelisk with a plaque inscribed with the words “In Memory of the Men Who Offered Their Lives in Deference of Their Country.” Harry’s hand written message on the wreath he placed read – “To all those who have served, and are serving. Thank you.” Photos: copyright The Duke and Duchess of Sussex / @leemorganphoto . . . #whatmeghanwore #sussexroyal #meghanmarkle #duchessmeghan #duchessofsussex #princessmeghan #dukeandduchessofsussex #harryandmeghan #meghanmarklestyle #meghanmarklefashion #matchmegsstyle #replimeghan #matchmeg #royalfashion #royalstyle #myroyalcloset #lookoftheday #remembrancesunday #veteransday

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After reportedly slapping down the somber request, Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, and the rest of the royal family, including Kate Middleton, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, and Prince Charles left tributes to those who made the ultimate sacrifice at the Cenotaph.

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Na última quarta-feira (as fotos só foram liberadas hoje), Sua Majestade, a Rainha agraciou a Abadia de Westminster com sua presença para um serviço em comemoração ao centenário do enterro do Soldado Desconhecido. O serviço com distanciamento social contou com a presença da Rainha, do Reitor de Westminster e de apenas alguns funcionários e membros da imprensa. A Rainha antes de visitar a abadia, fez uma rápida visita ao Palácio de Buckingham, ela não visitava o palácio desde março. Um equerry de Sua Majestade depositou uma coroa de flores no túmulo do Soldado Desconhecido em seu nome. Esta foi a primeira ocasião que vimos a Rainha de máscara, é esperado que ela também use uma máscara amanhã, no Remembrance Sunday. • O Reitor de Westminster disse ao The Times sobre a visita da Rainha: “Foi maravilhoso ver Sua Majestade com tão bom humor e boa saúde. Conversamos sobre o centenário e a vida da abadia. Este é o lugar onde ela se casou e ela está ciente dessas associações. A história do soldado desconhecido comove a todos nós.” • #queen #queenelizabeth #queenelizabethii #elizabethii #elizabeth #hermajesty #hmtq #westminsterabbey #westminster #london #buckinghampalace #windsorcastle #windsorfamily #unknownwarrior #rainha #rainhaelizabethii #rainhaelizabeth

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The Queen, 94, was praised for her ruthless move towards Harry and Meghan by royal commentator Morgan Stewart.

In an interview with E! News, Stewart stated: “I can’t give exact examples but, obviously, they’ve detached themselves from the Royal Family and in the times we’ve spoken about them since they’ve been in LA, there have been some small requests they’ve asked for.”

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The Queen has led the nation in marking Remembrance Sunday, as people around the UK privately paid their respects at home due to the coronavirus pandemic. . She was joined by family members & the PM at the scaled-back service at the Cenotaph in London's Whitehall. . Social distancing measures were in place & the service was closed off to the public for the first time. . Following a two-minute silence, wreaths were laid by Prince Charles, Prince William & the PM, among others. . The commemorations remember the armed forces community, British & Commonwealth veterans, the allies who fought alongside the UK & the civilian servicemen & women involved in the two world wars & later conflicts. . Normally, Whitehall is packed with thousands of veterans & members of the military for the commemorations, but on Sunday less than 30 veterans were in attendance. . The Queen, dressed in a black hat & coat, looked on from a balcony at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office building, as her son, the Prince of Wales, laid a wreath on her behalf. . Others who took part in the wreath laying included the Duke of Cambridge, the Princess Royal & Earl of Wessex, Prime Minister Boris Johnson & opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer. . Also present at the service were former UK prime ministers Theresa May, David Cameron, Tony Blair & Sir John Major. . . . #britishroyalty #britishmonarchy #hermajestythequeen #thequeen #monarchy #godsavethequeen #hermajesty #britishroyals #queenelizabeth #queenelizabethii #royalstyle #elizabethii #houseofwindsor #britishroyalfamily #queenelizabeth2 #royalfamily #ukroyals #BritishQueen #RoyalWindsor #Monarch #PrinceCharles #Princeofwales #Princewilliam #RemembranceSunday #Dukeofcambridge #duchessofcambridge #Princessanne #Princeedward

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He went on to say: “It’s been sort of like, ‘ok, we can accommodate, we’re figuring our way.’ This was the first blatant…this is the line. You’re not senior members of the Royal Family anymore, enough. We’re not catering for you; you live in Santa Barbara, you’ve got rich, famous neighbors, you want to focus on other things.”

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In honour of #RemembranceSunday, the Sussexes privately visited the Los Angeles National Cemetery earlier today. 11/8/20⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ The couple carefully placed a wreath at an obelisk in the cemetery that features a plaque that’s inscribed, "In Memory of the Men Who Offered Their Lives in Defense of Their Country." Harry (who wore his 2002 Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal, 2008 Afghanistan Operational Service medal, and 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal) wrote a message with the wreath that read, "To all of those who have served, and are serving. Thank you." ⁣ ⁣ Harry served as Captain Wales in the British Army for 10 years and dedicated much of his humanitarian efforts to the military community, Prince Harry has always taken every opportunity to pay his respects to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty. And while he may now be living in Los Angeles, the Duke of Sussex’s devotion to the veteran community on Remembrance Day continues to be as strong as ever.⁣ – @harpersbazaarus ⁣ And that’s why we LOVE him!!!! 😍⁣ ⁣ 📸: @leemorganphoto ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ #meghanmarkle#princeharry#duchessofsussex#meghanduchessofsussex#dukeofsussex#dukeandduchessofsussex#meghanmarklestyle#meghanmarklefashion#harryandmeghan#meghanandharry#sussexroyal#sussexsquad#meyhive#weloveyoumeghan#westandwiththesussexes#istandwiththesussexes#wesupportthesussexes#meghanmarklephoto#remembrancesunday2020

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Stewart said he is delighted that the royal family has effectively closed the door on the power couple: “We’re not doing things on behalf of you, you either show up like you’re supposed to do, or you’re not a part of it. It was kind of nice to see; finally, the line is drawn. We’re not just always going to extend something out for you, you’ve made this decision, and now we’re following suit and respecting that.”

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It was reported by the Times of London that Prince Harry had requested a wreath to be laid in his name at London’s Cenotaph war memorial during Sunday’s socially distanced ceremony, which was attended by the queen, Prince Charles, Prince William, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, among others. But despite it being the duke’s first year of absence (due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and no longer being a working member of the royal family), a source close to the duke confirms to BAZAAR that his touching plea was rejected. -via @harpersbazaarus ⁣ I know that the family was just following protocol but I still think that they are still PETTY!!!! You mean to tell me that you couldn’t do something so easy as that?!!! He only asked you to lay a wreath for him. Harry wasn’t only just an amazing soldier, but he was in ACTUAL combat. He saw all the true horrors of war including injured soldiers, and who knows whatever other trauma he has developed from this. I don’t care what’s going on, what beef they have with each other, or that they are not involved in the royal family. This is something that should be honored regardless of the situation. They could have made an exception. They knew how much this meant to him. ⁣ ⁣⁣📸: @leemorganphoto ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ #meghanmarkle#princeharry#duchessofsussex#meghanduchessofsussex#dukeofsussex#dukeandduchessofsussex#meghanmarklestyle#meghanmarklefashion#harryandmeghan#meghanandharry#sussexroyal#sussexsquad#meyhive#weloveyoumeghan#westandwiththesussexes#istandwiththesussexes#wesupportthesussexes#meghanmarklephoto#remembrancesunday⁣⁣⁣#remembrancesunday2020

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E! News co-host Kym Whitley slammed the Queen’s decision and reminded her of the fiasco surrounding her uncle, King Edward VIII, who took the abdication route in 1936 after the Government denied his demands to marry his American divorcée, Wallis Simpson.

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A Rainha liderou a nação em 2 minutos de silêncio para marcar o #RemembranceSunday2020. Em homenagem as pessoas que foram afetadas de alguma forma por alguma guerra ou conflito armado, o Príncipe de Gales, o Conde de Wessex, a Princesa Real, o Duque de Cambridge e o Duque de Kent depositaram coroas de papoulas no Cenotaph (memorial da Primeira Guerra), em Londres, enquanto isso, a Rainha, a Duquesa de Cornwall, a Condessa de Wessex, Sir Timothy e a Duquesa de Cambridge assistiram de 3 diferentes varandas do Foreign Office (que fica em frente ao Cenopath). Na primeira varanda ficaram Sir Timothy e Sophie, a Condessa de Wessex, na segunda, a Rainha (acompanhada por uma dama de companhia) e na terceira, Camilla, a Duquesa de Cornwall e Catherine, a Duquesa de Cambridge. Richard e Birgitte, o Duque e a Duquesa de Gloucester estavam programados para comparecer, mas o palácio disse que por conselhos médicos eles não iriam mais (eles deixaram claro que foi por precaução). O Príncipe e a Princesa Michael de Kent são membros que geralmente também comparecem ao Remembrance Sunday, no Cenotaph, mas este ano não foram. O evento em si, foi muito pequeno comparado aos outros anos e além dos royals, contou com alguns veteranos de guerra e figuras importantes do Reino Unido. • #queen #queenelizabethii #queenelizabeth #royalfamily #cenotaph #remembrance #remebranceday #theroyals #windsorfamily #thehouseofwindsor #rainhaelizabeth #rainha #princecharles #duchessofcornwall #princewilliam #duchessofcambridge #princessroyal #sirtimothylaurence #earlofwessex #countessofwessex #dukeofkent

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Whitley said: “You remember what happened to his great grand-uncle, King Edward VIII? I felt bad when they kicked King Edward out; he just wants to marry the American. They would not let King Edward be involved any longer in any of the family matters, so I think they just set an example that they can’t come back, especially when it’s a big family thing. But I felt bad for him because as a young boy, he lost his mum and maybe, with him, laying a wreath for Remembrance can be attached to him. So I’m glad they did their own thing.”

Whitley also backed Harry and his wife for fleeing London to save their marriage.

She shared: “You also have to remember why he made the decision. They were really mean to his wife and his child. He didn’t make the decision because he didn’t just feel like being part of the family. He had to make an executive decision for his family.”

Harry and the former actress took part in an intimate private ceremony at the National Cemetery, where they placed flowers at the gravesites of two soldiers who fought for Commonwealth armed forces.


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