Prince Harry 'snubs the Queen' as it's confirmed he won't return to UK for Prince Philip's memorial service

Prince Harry has been accused of 'snubbing the Queen' by a royal expert as it's confirmed he will miss Prince Philip's memorial service

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Prince Harry has been accused of 'snubbing the Queen' as it's been confirmed he won't return to the UK this month.

A spokesperson for the Duke of Sussex has confirmed he will not be leaving his California mansion to attend his grandfather's memorial service, which is due to be held at Westminster Abbey on March 29.

But Royal commentator Angela Levin has slammed Prince Harry over his decision, as he is reportedly planning on attending the Invictus Games in The Hague in April.

She warned that the Duke could use dropping out of major events at the last minute as leverage to secure personal protective security in the UK, after his lawyers shared a statement to say that Harry and his family don't feel it's safe to return the UK without sufficient police protection.

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She said, "Harry has snubbed the Duke of Edinburgh, but really he is snubbing the Queen - who is still grieving the loss of her husband of 73 years."

"He has got this all wrong," the royal biographer added, referencing his desire for extra security protection. "If he comes over for a royal event he gets police protection. 

"What they won't do is, if he goes out with his friends he gets security. He'll probably use this same excuse to try to get out of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations."

Angela concluded, "'It's all about 'me, me, me' rather than going out of his way for his grandmother and showing her he cares. He's behaving like a child stamping his feet."

In January, Prince Harry's legal team confirmed that the Duke of Sussex is seeking a judicial review of the Home Office's refusal to let him and wife Meghan pay for their own sufficient police protection while they are in the UK. 

While Harry and Meghan fund their own security across the pond in LA, it's been claimed that the US protection team does not have the necessary power or access to enough intelligence information to be able to fully shield the Sussex family from danger when they return to England.

The couple are hoping to be allowed to self-fund appropriate UK police protection, so that they can return to Harry's home nation for visits.

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