Prince Harry ‘sad and disappointed’ at Cenotaph service poppy snub, claims book

A new book has claimed Prince Harry was left "saddened and disappointed" after his attempt to pay tribute to this country's war dead was refused.

On Remembrance Sunday, the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and other royal family members attended the annual Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in London.

The new edition of the book about Prince Harry and Meghan, Finding Freedom, says as Harry was unable to attend, he asked for a red poppy wreath to be laid on his behalf.

However, it is claimed the Queen stepped in and said as Harry was no longer an official royal, it was not appropriate, even though Harry had fought in Afghanistan as part of his ten years of military service.

The authors say the wreath lay unused, in a box, at the British Legion headquarters.

The book says a source close to Harry said he was saddened by the snub, adding: “Ten years of service and a lifetime commitment to the military community and this is how it’s been acknowledged by his family.”

Instead the couple, who moved to America partly to escape media attention, held their own "private" ceremony – watched by a camera crew – at the Los Angeles National Cemetery.

Their actions led to condemnation from some people on social media, with comments on their ceremony on YouTube including "They'll even use the war dead for publicity, do they have morals? You wanted out and you got out so keep out of it". Another person said: "If you cared you wouldn't bring your camera crew with you. Just go do it in private."

Other facts revealed by the updated book claim the couple had to take out a mortgage to buy their £10million nine bedroom home in Santa Barbara.

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However, cash is now likely not to be too tight for the couple who have signed deals believed to be worth £100million with Netflix and £30million with Spotify.

The book also says they celebrated their second wedding anniversary during lockdown by ordering a Mexican take-away.

The authors also claim many Royal family members were pleased Meghan could not attend the Prince Philip's funeral as "they “didn’t want a circus”" with “the Duchess creating a spectacle.”

The legal team for Harry and Meghan has stressed authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand have never interviewed or spoken to the couple, who did not collaborate on the book.

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