Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made a private visit to the Los Angeles National Cemetery on Sunday in honour of Remembrance Sunday.
The couple laid flowers from their own garden as a way to “personally recognize Remembrance” at two gravesites of commonwealth soldiers. One from the Royal Canadian Artillery and another from the Australian Air Force.
A wreath was also placed at an obelisk in the cemetery. It features a plaque that reads, “In Memory of the Men Who Offered Their Lives in Defense of Their Country.”
The Duke of Sussex, who served two tours in Afghanistan, signed the wreath, writing, “To all of those who have served, and are serving. Thank you.”
As seen in the pictures, Harry and Meghan did wear masks but also removed them when they were at a safe distance from others.
After serving in the Army for 10 years and holding the ranks of Major, Lieutenant Commander and Squadron Leader, Prince Harry had hoped to join other members of the Royal Family at The Cenotaph in London to lay a wreath.
However, asking courtiers if he could join Prince Charles and Prince William, he was denied, saying he no longer represents the monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II was not made aware of the situation reports The Sunday Times.
Harry “understands that he doesn’t have the same formal role in the family as he used to,” a source told People. “But he was saddened and disappointed by the decision.”
Prince William, Prince Charles, Prince Edward and Princess Anne did all lay wreaths at Whitehall on Sunday where only 26 veterans were in attendance for the scaled back event. Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Queen watched on.
There was a wreath ready for Harry, made last year by organizers of the event, but palace courtiers decided that a member of the family would not lay it on his behalf as he and Meghan left their roles as senior working royals at the start of 2020. The wreath was kept unused at Royal British Legion HQ in Kent.
Harry also had to give up his military posts including Captain General of the Royal Marines.
The Royal Family has faced criticism for denying Prince Harry’s request with many suggesting they are using a day meant to honour the fallen as a show of power against a veteran who only wanted to honour his own.