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Queen ‘decided within two seconds to ban Harry from laying Cenotaph wreath’

The Queen reportedly took “all of two seconds” to decide that  Prince Harry should not have a wreath laid on his behalf on Remembrance Sunday, a new report claims.

Harry, who now lives in the US, is said to have been “deeply saddened” by the snub.

And it has now been reported that his grandmother herself refused the request last November.

Sources claim it took “all of two seconds” for Her Majesty to make up her mind.

The move came after Harry, 36, and wife Meghan Markle 39, announced their decision to step down as senior working members of The Royal Family in a bid to live a more financially independent life in North America.

It’s claimed that it took The Queen two seconds to make the decision

The couple later released pictures of them laying a floral tribute at Los Angeles National Cemetery as reports of the ‘snub’ swirled.

Palace insiders have now reportedly told the Daily Mail that the Queen refused Harry’s request and made the decision “in less than one minute”.

“Remembrance Sunday is sacrosanct when it comes to Her Majesty’s diary, it’s one of the most important dates in her calendar and nothing is done without her knowledge,” the insider told, adding it took “all but two seconds”.

Queen 'decided within two seconds to ban Harry from laying Cenotaph wreath'
Harry and wife Meghan were pictured at a Los Angeles Cemetery laying a floral tribute

They went on to say: “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.”

Another claimed that while Harry’s grandmother respects his military achievements, the decision to not have a wreath laid on his behalf reflected his status as 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,” they said.

Last March, it was decided that Harry and Meghan should enter a 12-month probationary period before a decision was made as to what role they would play in the Firm.

Subsequently Harry, Meghan and baby Archie have found a permanent home in California and signed lucrative contracts with Spotify and Netflix.

Their real estate and employment choices are not likely to have narrowed the gap between the two royal factions however.

Another source told The Mail: “To come back would mean they would have to undo all the commercial tie-ups they have already done, and clearly Harry and Meghan don’t want to do that.

“Harry and Meghan are clearly where they want to be, and good luck to them.

“But their subsequent career choices have scuppered any chance of retaining even a quasi-official royal role.”

The Mirror has approached The Queen’s spokesperson for comment.

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