The royal family is reportedly appalled by the fact that Prince Harry has chosen not to attend the tribute being held in Prince Philip's honor. On March 29, a Service of Thanksgiving will take place at Westminster Abbey, and though the Duke of Sussex was invited, he won't be present since he's still concerned about his lack of personal security.
Skipping the event isn't sitting well with his brood, but what irked them even more is that the father-of-two revealed he'll be flying to the Netherlands in April for the Invictus Games.
"Within a couple of minutes of announcing that he would not be attending the Duke of Edinburgh’s service of thanksgiving, Harry’s team also announced that he would be attending the Invictus Games in the Hague in April, just a few weeks later," noted Daily Mail editor Rebecca English. "This has obviously surprised a lot of people ... to travel to Europe to go to that, but not to his grandfather’s memorial service has, to use a well-worn phrase, got people’s goat."
"They feel it is a slap in the face to the Queen," she added. "And, again, another PR disaster as far as many people in the U.K. are concerned."
Editor Charlotte Griffiths chimed in on the situation as well, explaining, "There is that feeling that this could be one of the last chances he gets to see some of the older members of the family. It just feels so insensitive and so vitriolic and so pointless."
Harry and his late grandfather had a great relationship, and he did attend the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral last April, so to snub the upcoming event just because of an issue over bodyguards has people puzzled.
"This is our Harry, our military man, tours of Afghanistan – it doesn’t stack up. I’m like, oh my God, you’ve been got by the Californian goblins," quipped historian Dr. Tessa Dunlop. "I feel like he’s living in a different world, he’s lost the sense of where we’re at. Maybe he doesn’t want to have a sense of it."