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Queen told Prince Harry wouldnt be at Philips memorial 15 minutes before public

The Queen was reportedly only informed of the news that Prince Harry would not be attending the memorial service of his grandfather Prince Philip just 15 minutes before the public announcement was made.

Prince Harry ruled out returning to the UK for his grandfather’s memorial service this week in a statement.

It read: “The Duke will not be returning to the UK in late March, but hopes to visit his grandmother as soon as possible.”

Harry, 37, and his wife Meghan Markle, 40, will not be jetting back to the UK for the Service of Thanksgiving on March 29 at Westminster Abbey, a spokesman confirmed on Friday 11 March.

The Sun reports that senior aides have revealed that the Queen, 95, was only told of the news just 15 minutes before Harry’s statement about Prince Philip’s service was issued.

Harry’s biographer Angela Levin, told the publication: “He has snubbed the Duke of Edinburgh but really he is snubbing the Queen.”

She said: “His grandmother is still “grieving the loss of her husband of 73 years”.

She went on: “He has got this all wrong. 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.”

OK! has contacted Buckingham Palace and Prince Harry’s representatives for comment.

The decision follows The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’ concerns over their security when in the UK.

Harry has even threatened to launch legal action, saying it’s "unsafe" for himself and his family to return to the UK without the protection of police bodyguards.

Harry, who stepped down from Royal duties two years ago which meant he was stripped of round-the-clock protection, argues his private protection team in the US does not have access to UK intelligence information that is necessary to keep his wife and children, Archie, two, and Lilibet, nine months, safe when in the country.

This latest news comes after The Queen pulled out of the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.

The monarch was hopeful she could attend the service alongside her son, Prince Charles, grandson Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, but unfortunately is remaining cautious about her health at this time.

A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace spokesman stated: "After discussing the arrangements with the Royal Household, the Queen has asked the Prince of Wales to represent Her Majesty at the Commonwealth service at Westminster Abbey on Monday."

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