The service marks almost a year since the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh and will be a service to honour his life and achievements. Prince Harry announced that he would not be attending the ceremony and will not fly his family to the UK but hopes to reunite with the Queen “as soon as possible”.
The decision comes after Harry declared he felt unsafe after his car was chased by paparazzi on his last visit to the UK, which undoubtedly brought up traumatic memories of his mother’s death.
The Home Office decided in 2020 to not allow Prince Harry to pay for security to protect his family when he visits the UK. A decision he is appealing in court.
The prince gave up the privilege of royal security when himself and Meghan Markle stepped away from the royal family.
Speaking to Daily Star, Samantha said: “I think the bottom line is naturally, he would have security, asking to make security such a big issue seems like some sort of excuse on the grounds that the whole Royal Family are attending.
“As the whole world has seen The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children live such high-profile lives yet with a resemblance of normality, they don’t always take private jets and travel coach (economy), while on royal duty they have security, it’s the same with Princess Anne.
“When Prince Harry attended the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh, he received the full security protection given to royals as the event was assessed as a terror flashpoint and so he was given…