On November 11th, the British Crown will participate in a special Remembrance Day to mark the centennial of the Cenotaph in London. This year, Prince Harry will not be present.
Remembrance Day will be a little special. As it does every year, the British Crown is actively preparing for Remembrance Sunday celebrations to be held on November 11th. And if the day is anything to match the event – 2020 marks the centenary of the Cenotaph in London – it is bound to be different.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, this ceremony commemorating the victims of the First World War will be held in a very small group. Including the ranks of the British Royal Family. Around Elizabeth II, most of the crowned heads are expected.
Princesses Charles and William and Princess Anne will be responsible for laying flowers, while Kate Middleton and Camilla Parker Bowles will be seated on the balcony of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. And for the first time in years, The Firm will have to deal with a major absence: Prince Harry.
The Duke of Sussex, who is “no longer an active member of the Royal Family” will not be able to participate in Remembrance Day. According to a source in the columns of The Sun, Meghan Markle’s husband “cannot join his family at the Cenotaph” despite his military background.
“He could attend the celebrations as a former soldier who served his country well in Afghanistan. He will not be able to attend as a royal because he is no longer an active royal,” said the relative of the Crown. In addition to the absence of the Duke of Sussex, the British Royal Family will have to deal with the public, who always travel in large numbers to attend the day.
“This Remembrance Sunday has a special significance because it marks the centennial of the installation of the cenotaph,” said Culture Minister Oliver Dowden. While we will mark this occasion properly, it is with a heavy heart that I must ask people not to attend the cenotaph ceremony this year in order to protect Veterans and the public”.
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“We will ensure that our plans for the day are a fitting tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and that our veterans are at the heart of the service – with the nation able to look on safely from home,” he continued. Elizabeth II, despite the advice of her advisors, would be determined to attend Remembrance Day celebrations after being forced to cancel the Trooping the Colour celebration because of the coronavirus.
And if Prince Harry is not present, he would prepare behind the scenes for a return to England. “Windsor staff have been told to prepare for the possibility that Harry may return,” a source told the Sun, “within a few weeks. On the spot, he would have to speak with Her Majesty to discuss some “problems”, “not only his political statements, but also his situation and his visa in the United States.