Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s silence on the day of Prince Philip’s memorial was a “very sensible decision”, a royal commentator has claimed.
Senior and extended members of the Royal Family attended a memorial service for Prince Philip on Tuesday (March 29), with the Queen able to make an appearance despite reported health scares.
Harry and Meghan had announced that they would not fly across from their LA home for the ceremony at Westminster Abbey, and the pair did not share a message on their website or social media during the day.
And, speaking on his YouTube channel, royal commentator Neil Sean suggested that the couple's choice to remain silent on the day of the memorial service was a “very sensible decision”.
“Whatever people are saying, ‘oh they didn’t do this, they didn’t acknowledge him’, you couldn’t win either way,” he claimed.
“If they’d have put something out on their website then they’re pulling focus. If they don’t mention them, then of course it’s negative.
“So by remaining silent, I think that was the very best thing for Her Majesty the Queen, and of course senior members of the British monarchy.”
The commentator acknowledged that Harry would have the opportunity to address his grandfather's impact on his life in his upcoming memoir, which is expected to be released later this year.
However, despite praising the Sussexes’ approach on the day, Neil suggested that Harry will “regret his decision” not to make the journey for the ceremony after leaders from other European countries travelled.
The prince had attracted criticism from other commentators for failing to appear, with controversial TV host Piers Morgan calling Harry “shameful” for missing the event.
Neil claimed that despite the Sussexes’ silence, the couple may have been in contact with the Queen privately.
“It does appear, allegedly, that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did indeed make contact through a written letter, we are told, to our gracious Majesty the Queen, explaining the reasons why they weren’t coming back to the United Kingdom for the memorial service,” he added.
“Prince Harry does know royal protocol, he knows exactly what he should do. He was brought up with all the very best possible people teaching him the best possible manners, so I think a lot of people will have misjudged him on that.”
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