Prince Harry has been criticised for remaining in California and not bothering to attend Prince Philip’s memorial at Westminster Abbey, with the late Duke’s former protection officer describing his absence as pathetic.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex remained at their $14 million mansion in Montecito while the rest of the Royal Family, including the Queen despite recent health problems, assembled in London for the poignant occasion.
Harry, who’s expected to journey to the Netherlands in two weeks to attend the Invictus Games, refused to travel over a row about his security.
The Duke, 37, is pursuing 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.
However, his excuse was branded pathetic by Richard Griffin, who spent 14 years as a royal protection officer for Prince Philip.
He said that Prince Philip was their grandfather so William had clearly had excellent training from him and is going to learn examples from him. He said that he just hopes that Harry gets some of those things in his mind, and he said that Harry not being there was a big disappointment for everyone and that people were talking about it saying that he should have been there.
And he said that it was all drivel about how he couldn’t get security, and that as far as he was concerned it was a pitiful reason and that he should have been there to honour his grandfather.
He said that at the end of the day, if he was that worried about security, he could’ve stuck with his brother and father who’ve got great security and he would have been more than safe.
Royal expert Angela Levin tweeted that it was heartwarming to see the great-grandchildren at Prince Philip’s thanksgiving service, with an abundance of royals, and hundreds of those connected to his charities. No one will forget or forgive he who doesn’t feel safe.
Fans took to Twitter to criticise the Duke of Sussex, and one wrote that they always defend Prince Harry no matter what but now he could royally kiss his fat a–. Because he’s far too important to attend his grandfather’s memorial.
Another said that it was disgraceful that Prince Harry refused to attend, but that this was the same man that trashed his family on global TV while his grandfather lay extremely unwell in hospital.
It appears that the Queen might have to sit alone for the memorial because Harry won’t come back to England because he doesn’t feel safe, but then she does have another grandson, but then Harry knows he’s made a huge mistake with this up and coming book.
There is no way he’s going to come back and be all cordial and nice when he’s about to pierce a blade in the backs of those who have shown nothing but love for him, but then we actually don’t know what goes on behind closed doors, do we!
But there are also a lot of people who are saying that Harry is being controlled by his wife and that she has alienated herself from the Royal Family.
Harry had a family, friends in England, and let’s face it England is a lovely country to live in, but then I guess he didn’t want anything to happen to his wife, like what happened to his mother and he wants his family to be safe, and that’s understandable as well.
There are some people that are saying that he’s not being a good example to his children. Well, there are a lot of families who don’t see each other and their grandchildren because families do move away to make a better life for themselves, it happens all the time, but we don’t hear about those people, do we?