Prince Harry: Philip memorial absence criticised by Ferrari
The Duke of Sussex has been at the centre of attention this week over his decision not to come home for Prince Philip’s memorial service. Harry was the only senior member of the Royal Family not in attendance at Westminster Abbey, having confirmed last month that he would not be returning. Harry appeared to have a natural rapport with his grandfather, and the pair were frequently spotted smiling and laughing together at royal events.
A statement released by the Duke of Sussex’s team last month confirmed he would be staying in California, owing to concerns over his safety after he was stripped of Metropolitan Police protection upon stepping back from royal duties.
Despite his decision not to return for Tuesday’s service, Harry is believed to still have a strong relationship with the Queen.
His relationship with his grandmother was analysed by journalist and documentary filmmaker Robert Hardman, the man behind a number of royal documentaries including ‘Our Queen at Ninety’ which aired on ITV in 2016.
Speaking on Palace Confidential last week, he said: “I think the relationship with Harry is still very strong.
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Harry was the only senior royal not to attend the memorial.
“There is a real fondness and a bond there, he’s devoted to her.