The Queen is determined to attend the funeral service for Prince Philip, which is taking place on Tuesday alongside other members of the royal family including Prince Charles, Camilla, Kate Middleton and Prince Andrew – however Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not be in attendance
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Prince Philip would be extremely angry that his grandson, Prince Harry, has decided to skip a memorial service dedicated to his life, a royal expert has claimed.
The Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan Markle have decided not to return to the UK for Tuesday’s event, despite other members of The Firm and royals from around the world paying tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh’s decades-long duty.
Harry originally intended to take part, but pulled out after arguments over his safety in the UK, which saw him face another legal battle against the Home Office.
Ingrid Seward, author of Prince Philip Revealed, A Man of His Century, believes the Queen, who is determined to attend despite recent mobility issues, knows her late husband “expects” her to make every effort to get there be.
Speaking to ‘The Mirror’, she said: “Even someone as humble as the Queen might have expected a little more luck at the height of her 70-year reign.
“Instead, she had nothing but problems. Her once strong physique is decidedly frail after injuring her back in October 2021. That year she had to cancel all her public appearances, including the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, because she said, “I can’t move!”
“She is determined to be at her late husband’s memorial on Tuesday, even though it is difficult for her to get there. She knows he would expect it just as much as she knows he would be angry and disappointed that Prince Harry chose not to go.”
The memorial service will honor the Duke of Edinburgh’s commitment to “family, nation and commonwealth”, his contribution to public life and his unwavering support for his charities, Buckingham Palace said.
Members of the royal family, more than 30 overseas royals, the Duke’s extended family and friends and 500 representatives of his patronage and charities will gather at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, the youth program established by Philip in 1956, will feature prominently, with a special tribute presented by a Gold Award holder.
Ingrid also believes the negative headlines surrounding her grandson would have been difficult for the Queen to handle, especially with everything that’s going on.
Yesterday there was another hearing in his latest legal battle, this time against the Home Office over his police protection in the UK.
A High Court judge ruled that parts of the documents in the case remain classified.
Ingrid writes: “Negative headlines about her grandson Prince Harry and allegations against her favorite son Prince Andrew have made Her Majesty unhappy reading.
“Prince Harry’s legal battles are ongoing and his dispute with the UK Government over his royal protection when in the UK continues.
“The Queen would be forgiven if she felt her family was bewitched.
“Even the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got into trouble on their Platinum Jubilee tour of the Caribbean. What should have been just smiles and flag-waving has turned into anti-slavery protests fueled by the upcoming 60th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence, the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement.
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“In his address at the Governor-General’s banquet, William carefully chose his words to convey the same sentiments his father had expressed in Barbados when he spoke of the ‘appalling atrocity’ of the slave trade.
“The couple were well informed to anticipate some controversy and so were not surprised when the Prime Minister expressed his feelings about Jamaica – a country the Queen has always loved – becoming a republic. It might have been kinder if he’d waited until after her platinum anniversary celebrations to get his point across, but of course she understood.
“It’s been a bleak few months. Even Prince Charles, now head of the family, has created a scandal by allowing his former aide Michael Fawcett, former executive director of the Princes Foundation, to allow wealthy donors to expect awards for sizeable monetary donations.
“I believe these family setbacks will make the Queen more determined than ever to attend Prince Philip’s memorial service next Tuesday. She needs to be seen, and if she’s in a wheelchair – it doesn’t matter. She will once again lead by example.” and show the nation that it’s okay not to be okay.”
Buckingham Palace confirmed the details of the service in a statement on Thursday, saying: “Members of the Royal Family will be in attendance on Tuesday 29th April.
“The service will thank the Duke of Edinburgh for his commitment to family, nation and commonwealth and recognize the importance of his legacy in creating opportunities for young people, promoting environmental stewardship and conservation and supporting the armed forces.
“The service will particularly recognize the Duke of Edinburgh’s contribution to public life and his unwavering support for the over 700 charities with which His Royal Highness has been associated throughout his life.”
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