Prince Harry’s crack with the palace above his war wreath makes it clear that he is considered “expendable,” as a royal biographer explained to Washington Newsday.
The Duke of Sussex had wanted to have a wreath laid down in his name during the official British commemoration of Commemoration Sunday, which was attended by Queen Elizabeth II and other royals in London yesterday.
Palace officials rejected the request on the grounds that he was not a working king, and a wreath in his name was left unused in a branch of the Royal British Legion.
Historian Robert Lacey has highlighted the gulf between Prince Harry and Prince William in his biography Battle of Brothers.
He reported on Newsday in Washington: “I think this is an indication that things are worse than we thought. If everything was hunkydorey, there seems to be no reason why a wreath should not have been laid in Harry’s name.
“If the royal family or the palace wanted to cooperate, it seems to be a perfectly reasonable request that could have been fulfilled. I don’t think this bodes well for the prospects of reconciliation.
“At first glance, it seems that Harry is more interested in reconciliation or maintaining some kind of relationship than the Palace is in granting one.
It is not clear whether Queen Elizabeth II or other members of the royal family played a role in the decision on the wreath that the Sunday Times attributed to the palace helpers.
Prince Harry has an important military title at stake as he held the ceremonial role of Captain General of the Royal Marines before stepping down from his royal duties in March.
Since then, the post has been held open while a 12-month review of Harry and Meghan’s new relationship with the royal family takes place.
Lacey said, “For all we know, it is clear that Harry wants to keep his military titles and connections. This seems to be a sign that this will not be possible”.
Harry served in the British Armed Forces for ten years, where he served two frontline missions in Afghanistan, where he rose from captain’s rank to major, killing Taliban insurgents.
His service is in contrast to his father and brother, Prince Charles and Prince William, who were at the cenotaph yesterday.
The direct heirs to the throne avoid the front line for security reasons in order to preserve their role as future kings.
However, the second-born “substitutes” can be used in war, since they are not destined for the throne unless the direct heir dies.
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Prince William was a Royal Air Force search and rescue pilot, but was never sent to the front.
Prince Charles was captain of a Royal Navy coastal deminer, HMS Bronington, in the early 1970s, but did not see active service in a war.
said Lacey: “We have seen the pictures of Harry and Meghan doing the homage of themselves. They are sad, almost tragic. They have clearly been exhibited as part of the ongoing struggle between the Sussexes and the Palace”.
He added: “I consider it a tragedy that the two members of the Royal Family who actually saw something were both excluded.
“This is due to the fact that it is actually always the substitutes. The spare parts are dispensable, so they are sent to war. This is all part of the cruelty of the spare parts business.”
Prince Andrew was also expelled from the service yesterday after he had resigned from his royal duties last year in disgrace at his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.
He served on the front lines during the 1982 Falklands War and served as a helicopter pilot on HMS Invincible.
A wreath was laid in his name in London.
In self-imposed exile in Los Angeles, a prince did it himself, together with a photographer.
This happens when an institution fails to make peace with the son of a future king: #MemorialSunday2020 https://t.co/20XlaEQOu1
– Peter Hunt (@_PeterHunt) November 8, 2020
This is what the royal commentator Peter Hunt, former royal correspondent of the BBC, said on Twitter: “No wreath was laid in London in his name. In the self-imposed exile in Los Angeles, a prince did it himself together with a photographer. This happens when an institution fails to make peace with the son of a future king: #RememberanceSunday2020.”