How Queen personally intervened to stop Harry laying a wreath at the Cenotaph

The image of Harry and Meghan was perhaps the most telling of the year when it comes to their new relationship with the royals.

He was in a sombre suit with a red poppy and military medals, she in a long black dress. They held hands as they walked through Los Angeles National Cemetery on Remembrance Sunday in November to lay a floral tribute to the fallen.

In what was seen as a flagrant publicity stunt, the couple had chosen to release the pictures after Harry had been refused permission for a wreath to be laid at the Cenotaph on his behalf that day, alongside those of other members of his family.

The story around at the time and it was not publicly corrected because the royals felt strongly it was disrespectful to turn the nation's act of remembrance into a family row-was that Palace officials had made the decision without discussing it with his grandmother.

Prince Harry was refused permission to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday. But the decision was very firmly the Queen's, rather than one made by Buckingham Palace officials
On Remembrance Sunday, Harry and Meghan walked through Los Angeles National Cemetery to lay a tribute to the fallen

But, today, I can reveal it was the Queen alone who was behind the refusal — and that it took her 'all of two seconds' to make up her mind.

"Remembrance Sunday is sacrosanct when it comes to Her Majesty's diary,"explains my source. It's one of the most important dates in her calendar and nothing is done without her knowledge. People were suggesting the Palace's reaction to what Harry asked was petty. But it was the Queen's decision. And what's more, she actually had very strong views on the subject," source added.

Another source tells me, "While she has enormous admiration for Harry's achievements both in and out of the military, this was seen as an example of his lack of understanding at what it means for him to be a non-working royal.

"The Queen is very firmly of the opinion that you can't pick and choose what you do when it comes to the institution. Either you are in or you are out."said.

This week saw Harry and Meghan's latest venture -the launch of their updated new website in which they declare their mission to build a better world.

While it bears a picture of Diana, and Harry describes himself as 'his mother's son' on the site, there is no photograph or mention of his father Charles.

Many see this as an indication of just how far apart Harry and his family have become, although the Prince of Wales has worked hard to maintain a good relationship with his younger son.More details>>>

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