Queen Elizabeth II Right to Block Prince Harry's War Wreath, Royal Biographer Says

Queen Elizabeth II was right to block Prince Harry's Remembrance Sunday wreath to fallen soldiers and is "fed up," a royal expert tells Newsweek.

The Duke of Sussex asked for a wreath to be laid on his behalf at London memorial the Cenotaph as Britain remembered its war dead, in November.

It was originally reported that palace staff had blocked the move on the grounds he was not a working member of the royal family.

However, the Daily Mail this weekend reported the queen took the decision personally, leaving her grandson, who fought on the front line in Afghanistan, to make a private trip to a cemetery in Los Angeles.

Ingrid Seward, author of The Queen's Speech, told Newsweek: "The queen made the right decision, yes of course. She's the head of the armed forces and there are so many protocols.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Veterans Day Cemetary
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walk between the grave stones at Los Angeles National Cemetery on a visit to mark Britain's Remembrance Sunday veterans commemoration. The wider royal family were part of the official service at the Cenotaph in London. Lee Morgan

"She's a great stickler for protocol, obviously, because she's queen. That's how it's always been done."

However, royal commentator Peter Hunt warned the queen is exposing herself to potential attack.

He wrote on Twitter: "An interesting aspect of this ⁦⁦@RE_DailyMail⁩ story is that the palace has opened up the Queen (not just officials) to the charge of being mean spirited towards her grandson who fought in her name."

An interesting aspect of this ⁦⁦@RE_DailyMail⁩ story is that the palace has opened up the Queen (not just officials) to the charge of being mean spirited towards her grandson who fought in her name: pic.twitter.com/yf3hn2Fr1E

— Peter Hunt (@_PeterHunt) January 2, 2021

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did not fly to London to take part in Britain's official remembrance events against the backdrop of COVID travel restrictions.

However, they visited Los Angeles National Cemetery where they laid flowers and a wreath signed by Harry with the message: "To all of those who have served, and are serving. Thank you."

The November dispute over the wreath came approximately eight months into Harry and Meghan's new lives outside the royal family.

The year has seen the couple sign multi-year Netflix and Spotify deals and Meghan invest in her first start up, an oat milk instant latte company, Clevr Blends.

However, they have also faced calls to be stripped of their titles for commenting on the U.S. election.

Seward said: "I think the queen is entirely fed up with it. They're old fashioned and they're older and it's just gobbledegook to them. His LA-speak.

"They wouldn't understand it. I don't understand it. If you live in LA long enough you're almost inclined to start speaking like that.

"It doesn't make any sense to anybody of the queen and Prince Philip's generation or Harry's father either.

"In that generation, you go out and very quietly get on with it. You don't spout out about what the world should be like.

"You just go on and try and do it rather than talking about it."

She added: "She's got a grandson who's got his own life. I should think she is quite proud that he's managed to rake in so many dollars so quickly. We know why he has, it's on his name.

"The Queen Mother would have said, 'Oh let them get on with it darling.' I would imagine the queen is quite like that too, she is very like her mother.

"If there's something she can't face she's inclined to turn her back on it."

A recent update to the couple's newly launched Archewell website reads: "At Archewell, we unleash the power of compassion to drive systemic cultural change.

"We do this through our non-profit work within Archewell Foundation 501(c)(3), in addition to creative activations through the business verticals of audio and production."