Prince Harry is going to miss this year's Remembrance Sunday service, which has been turned into a scaled-down private affair due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Duke of Sussex will not make an appearance despite speculations that he is coming home this November.
According to Daily Express, speculations cropped up about Prince Harry's appearance at the Remembrance Sunday service when staff members at Frogmore Cottage were told to prepare his official residence. A source said that the royal household received instructions to get ready for the possibility of Prince Harry's arrival.
However, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said that Harry will still not be able to participate during the Remembrance Sunday service on Nov. 8, even if he was in London. The spokesperson emphasized that Harry is no longer a working royal so he is excluded from the Cenotaph ceremony, despite his military background. He may simply attend the service as a former military man who served the country for 10 years and helped foil the terrorists in Afghanistan.
Yet a source from Prince Harry and Meghan's camp said that the Duke of Sussex does not have any plans to fly out of the U.S. "anytime soon." He and his wife are staying put in Los Angeles and will be celebrating the Christmas holidays at their new California mansion.
Reports that the Sussexes are coming back to London in the next few weeks are purely speculative. The source said that Harry and Meghan will stick to following the isolation guidelines in the United States and will only go back to London if there's a family health concern. Other than this, the Sussex pair is not in a hurry to fly off somewhere because of the travel risks associated with the pandemic crisis.
Meanwhile, the royal family will be observing a different Remembrance Sunday service this November. According to Entertainment Tonight Canada, the military March Past will not take place per tradition.
However, Prince Charles and Prince William will likely lay wreaths at the Cenotaph memorial to honor the war heroes. Buckingham Palace apparently did not release the list of royals who will be present at the ceremony apart from the heirs to throne.
The Festival of Remembrance will also be celebrated differently this year to adhere to the government's safety guidelines. The event will be pre-recorded with no audience and will be aired on BBC on the night of Remembrance Day.