The distances within the royal family continue to widen. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have said they will not be attending the tribute to the memory of his grandfather, Prince Philip, who died in April 2021. A spokesperson for the couple said that Enrique still did not feel safe to travel. and return to his native country, as they have been living in California since March 2020.
“The Duke will not be returning to the UK at the end of March (when the memorial takes place), but he hopes to visit his grandmother as soon as possible,” a spokesperson for the couple told Page Six.
The couple’s “insecurity” stems from the fact that last summer Enrique attended a charity event in London. On this occasion, the Duke of Sussex was harassed by a group of photographers and was alerted by the royal guard that he was in danger. Therefore, for a few months, Meghan and Enrique have asked for police protection in the UK, but according to British media, this request has been refused twice.
In the US, Meghan and Enrique enjoy privacy, but their security team has no authority in the UK, as the couple renounced their royal titles and thus lost a series of benefits.
“This allegation relates to the claimant not feeling safe while in the UK due to the security arrangements which applied to him in June 2021 and will continue to apply if he returns” , said his lawyer Shaheed Fatima. “It goes without saying that he wants to come back – to see his family and friends and continue to support the charities that are so close to his heart.”
The Page Six portal assured that in the United Kingdom, Enrique’s decision was taken as a snub for Queen Elizabeth II. The criticism intensified when it was rumored that the Duke of Sussex would fly to the Netherlands to compete in the Invictus Games. “He’s a kicking child,” royal biographer Angela Levin told the Daily Mail, adding that such a move amounts to “blackmail.”
According to Levin, Enrique could abandon important events at the last minute “as leverage to ensure personal protection in the UK”. “Although Harry snubbed the Duke of Edinburgh, he actually snubbed him the Queen. It’s about ‘me, me, me’, instead of going out of his way for his grandmother and showing her that ‘She cares about her,’ Levin added to the British newspaper.
Since his departure, Enrique’s family has not fully returned to the UK. The Duke of Sussex has only returned home twice and without the company of Meghan Markle or her children: Archie Harrison and Lilibet Diana.