Insiders from Buckingham Palace told The Sun the wayward Duke would not be allowed to join fellow royals at the annual service as he steps down from full-time royal duties in March. Harry has previously expressed his desire to return to the UK to work with his charities, but claimed the ongoing coronavirus pandemic had sabotaged the chances of resuming the flight. Although the Duke cannot pay homage to the cenotaph as a royal, experts have claimed he could make an appearance due to his military service.
But Harry is not ready to join his family at the ceremony after stepping down from royal duties earlier this year.
A source from Buckingham Palace told The Sun that Harry is “no longer a working royal” so he “cannot join his family at the cenotaph”.
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The source added that Harry could still make an appearance at the ceremony, but not as a royal.
They added: “He could be present as a former soldier who served his country well in Afghanistan.”
Speculation has arisen that the Duke will appear at the ceremony this year after it was revealed that Frogmore Cottage was being prepared for a resident.
Another royal source told the newspaper: “Staff at Windsor have been told to prepare him for the possibility that Harry may return.”
Harry and Meghan now live in Montecito, Calif., After the couple bought their own mansion.
Current US guidelines state that anyone who has been in the UK within 14 days of traveling to America will not be able to enter the country.
UK guidelines also state that anyone arriving from the US must self-isolate for 14 days.
A royal source told Vanity Fair: ‘World travel has been made very complicated by the coronavirus pandemic and at the moment the Duke has no plans to return to the UK, certainly not until Christmas .
“The problem is, if he comes he has to quarantine himself and that makes it pretty difficult.
There are exceptions for US citizens, like Meghan, and immediate family members who are allowed to return home immediately.
But the couple are reportedly looking to spend their first full Christmas as private citizens in the United States.
Royal expert Katie Nicholl told Vanity Fair: ‘With coronavirus cases on the rise in the UK and a possible ban on mixing households, all of the Royal Family’s Christmas plans are also on hold.
“Nonetheless, the news that Harry won’t be coming home will likely be disappointing for the Queen, who would be missed by her grandson and great-grandson Archie, whom she hasn’t seen in a year. “