Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were supposed to be attending the Oscars, the couple decided to skip the event on Monday. The Duke of Sussex may have faced a major backlash if they had attended the Oscars. After all, he declined an invitation to attend Prince Philip’s memorial ceremony but accepted an invitation to the awards event.
Royal expert Angela Mollard claimed it wouldn’t help Prince Harry if he followed Meghan Markle to the awards show during an interview on the Australian show Sunrise. After all, he has already upset royal fans by skipping Prince Philip‘s memorial service.
“There’s a lot of talks it’s going to go ahead but can you really turn up and stand on the stage at the Oscars and not turn up for your grandfather’s memorial. I’ve got a problem with that. You do all the glory and handshaking with the celebrities but your own family,” Mollard said.
Prince Harry‘s decision to forgo his grandfather’s memorial service was also questioned by presenter Kylie Gillies. She suggested that the Duke of Sussex leave his wife at home for the Oscars.
It’s worth noting, though, that the Academy Awards were presented at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. In addition, a memorial service for Prince Philip will be conducted in the United Kingdom. Prince Harry has stated that he will not return to the United Kingdom unless he has his own security detail. However, his critics, including royal commentator Matt de Groot, who described Prince Harry as “out of touch with reality,” were not impressed by his threat.
“You look at a bloke who is out of touch with reality, it’s that bloke right there. They spend one-half of their life talking about being determined to be private and being determined to stay away from the public eye. They spend the other half of their living selling their story to the highest bidder then he wants to step away from the Royal Family, then wants the royal protection, then he doesn’t even realize you can go to the UK and hire your own security.
If nothing else just buy your own security. Every move they make, every piece of advice they give, and every statement he makes publicly takes him further and further away from the guy that three years ago we thought was going to save the Royal Family,” de Groot said.