Prince Harry, 37, is to miss his grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service, it has been confirmed. The Duke of Sussex will not return to the UK from the US to join the royal family at the high-profile occasion in Westminster Abbey on March 29, a spokesperson for the duke confirmed. Columnist Ali Miraj hit out at Harry for security demands.
Speaking to Jeremy Vine on 5, Mr Miraj said: “It’s a personal choice for Prince Harry. He obviously was very close to his grandfather but he’s not coming because there’s this ongoing dispute going on over his security arrangements.
“He is in legal proceedings with the Home Office.
“He wants his security to be provided, he’s happy to pay for his security but my view on that is you made your decision to go off to Hollywood and have a different life and become a celebrity.
“But the police are not at your beck and call.
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“We don’t have random police officers waiting to serve you whenever you feel like turning up so I don’t believe that the state should provide support to him in that way.”
The duke has pursued a legal challenge against the Home Office after being told he would no longer be given the “same degree” of personal protective security when visiting from the US, despite offering to pay for it himself.
He was last in London in the summer of 2021, when it is understood his security was compromised after his car was chased by paparazzi photographers as he left a charity event.
The duke wants to bring his son Archie and baby daughter Lilibet to visit from the US, but he and his family are “unable to return to his home” because it is too dangerous, a legal representative previously said.
The service of thanksgiving for Philip in just over two weeks’ time is a chance for family, friends, dignitaries and representatives of the charities and organisations which Philip was associated with to gather together in tribute to him.
Harry – one of the Queen and Philip’s eight grandchildren – last returned to the UK to unveil the statue of his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales on July 1 with the Duke of Cambridge.
The brothers have faced a long-reported rift.
The day before on June 30, Harry met seriously ill children and young people at a WellChild garden party and afternoon tea in Kew Gardens, west London, after which he was said to have been chased by the paparazzi.