Prince Harry ‘deeply saddened’ after plea to lay Remembrance Day wreath denied

Prince Harry was refused permission for a wreath to be laid at the Cenotaph on his behalf, it has been reported.

In honour of Remembrance Day, the Duke of Sussex made a personal request to Buckingham Palace for a wreath to be laid on his behalf at the Cenotaph.

Royal family members Prince William and Prince Charles were present at the event, but Prince Harry was refused the request due to the fact he stepped down as a senior member of the Firm in March.

The Times claims Harry, who is no longer a monarch, was "deeply saddened" by the rebuttal and instead appeared on a military podcast to mark the event.

Speaking to Declassified, Prince Harry said Remembrance Day is a "profound act of honour" that "show our gratitude for the sacrifices" thousands made.

He said: "The act of remembering, of remembrance, is a profound act of honour.

"It's how we preserve the legacies of entire generations and show our gratitude for the sacrifices they made in order for us to be able to live the lives we live today."

Prince Harry also spoke about his experiences in the Army and said he cherishes his relationship with veterans.

The Duke of Sussex also spoke on the importance of wearing a poppy and said he wears the symbol to recognised those who he has served alongside, and those he has not.

Services for Remembrance Sunday this year are greatly impacted due to the pandemic, with a full lockdown in England and other restrictions in place across the UK.

The Queen herself attended a solo service at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior inside Westminster Abbey.

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Wearing all black, a poppy, the Queen watched on as Afghan veteran Lt-Col Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah of the Household Cavalry laid a recreation of her bridal bouquet on the grave on her behalf.

The 94-year-old requested the visit after being told she could not attend Armistice Day services because of Covid-19 restrictions.

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