When the royal family showed up at Prince Philip's memorial service on March 29, there was one person missing: Prince Harry, who already confirmed he would not be attending in early March.
Since the dad-of-two, 37, chose not to attend, royal photographer Arthur Edwards, who has been capturing moments of the brood over the years, said the prince will come to regret his decision.
"Royals young and old came from far and wide to Westminster Abbey yesterday to pay tribute to Prince Philip – except one," he stated. “Prince Harry’s excuse for avoiding the memorial service for his own grandfather because of 'security fears' is, quite frankly, lame. Harry couldn’t be bothered to take a few days off from Netflix, or feeding his chickens in the US, to honor the grandfather who always supported him."
“Whether walking with the 12-year-old Prince behind his mother’s coffin, or giving support while Harry was on active service in Afghanistan, Philip was always there for him," he continued. “Sadly, he chose to stay away in his big house. You lost out, Harry, on a great occasion when the Who’s Who of Europe and beyond turned up to do honor to the man who for many years loyally served the Queen. As far as I’m concerned, after yesterday’s no-show Harry has burnt his boats.”
Prince Harry didn't go into detail about why he chose to skip out, but he's been upfront about coming home, as he doesn't have security anymore. However, expert Ingrid Seward believes that is not a good enough excuse.
"What a missed opportunity it was not to bring Meghan and the children to join the extended royal family, European cousins and of course Archie’s contemporaries," she stated. "Their appearance would not have diverted attention away from the Queen. It was her day and no one could take that away from her not even her favorite son the Duke of York who guided her to her seat."