Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, based in Los Angeles, paid their own tribute to soldiers who died on Remembrance Day.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle held their own Remembrance Day alone at the Los Angeles National Cemetery. The couple who left London and distanced themselves from the British royal family paid tribute to war-dead Commonwealth soldiers on Sunday. The parents of little Archie honored the memory of the fallen by laying flowers in front of two graves, one in honor of the Royal Australian Air Force and the other to soldiers of the Royal Canadian Artillery. They then placed a wreath on a memorial obelisk with a plaque inscribed "In memory of the men who gave their lives to defend their country".
They also placed a wreath at an obelisk in the cemetery that features a plaque inscribed with the words: “In Memory of the Men Who Offered Their Lives in Deference of Their Country.” Harry message on the wreath read, “To all of those who have served, and are serving. Thank you.” pic.twitter.com/shbopLRmaX— Omid Scobie (@scobie) November 8, 2020
“USA Today” indicates that this visit was “private” but that Harry and Meghan have nevertheless authorized the publication of several photographs showing them in the process of meditating. The "Daily Mail" adds that the flowers deposited in the cemetery were directly recovered by the Duchess in the garden of the couple's home in Santa Barbara. Harry, who spent 10 years in the military, wore a navy blue suit with his medals attached. The former actress had opted for a black outfit, very sober.
Harry, deprived of homage to London
The "Times" explains that initially Prince Harry would have liked to place a wreath in his name at the foot of the Cenotaph in London, but his request would have been refused by the Queen, which would have "deeply saddened the prince". This is why he and his wife would have chosen to organize his own ceremony from Los Angeles.
The ceremony in front of the Cenotaph in London took place on Sunday, in the presence of members of the British family. Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, appeared there with a serious face in order to respect a minute of silence. This year, due to covid-19, the event without an audience or veteran parade. On Sunday morning, Prince Charles, heir to the crown, placed a wreath of poppies on the Cenotaph, which have become symbols of memory since these red flowers grew back on the fields of France and Belgium where many British people had fallen during the First World War. Her mother Queen Elizabeth II watched the ceremony from a balcony, after earlier visiting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where the 94-year-old monarch left a bouquet similar to her wedding bouquet.