Royals from the British royal family and European royals gathered this week to honor Prince Philip. Not there: His grandson Prince Harry. A former bodyguard thinks this is an ugly move.
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Prince Harry was not in London on Tuesday at the funeral of his grandfather Prince Philip, who died in April 2021. Richard Griffin described the decision as “a great disappointment” and a “pathetic excuse”. The former royal security officer worked for Prince Philip for 14 years. Griffin in an interview with the British “Sky News” did not spare the 37-year-old grandson.
The reason for his cancellation of attending the service at Westminster Abbey was insufficient security for Harry and his family. Griffin says, “All this crap about not getting security is a pathetic excuse for me. He should have been here to honor his grandfather.” He adds: “Had he been concerned about safety, he could have lived with his brother and father, who were surprisingly safe and would have been more than safe.”
Prince Charles and Prince William and their loved ones are in excellent protection: Harry could have reunited with his father and brother, Griffin thinks. (Credit: Richard Pohle – WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Problem: Harry and his wife Meghan are believed to have broken up with the rest of the royal family, especially after the couple’s sensational interview with talk show legend Oprah Winfrey on American television. In the conversation, both accused the family of casteism and other things. The Sussexes have been living in the United States for more than two years and have moved with their children to a villa in Montecito, California. Both no longer perform royal duties.
“Big disappointment for all”
Still, says Richard Griffin, guests at the large funeral service, which was supposed to honor Prince Philip’s life and his achievements because of the pandemic last year, talked about the fact that Harry was not there. “It was a big disappointment for everyone,” Griffin said.
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan: The royal couple lives in California. (credit: Rosa Woods/Getty Images)
Prince Harry is currently fighting a legal battle with the UK Home Office over police protection for himself in the UK. He argues that if he and his family go to their country, they will not get the same police protection as before. Therefore, a trip is very unsafe. The interior ministry turned down the prince’s offer of what it considered necessary protection for the police.
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