Prince Harry won’t return to the UK for a Service of Thanksgiving for Prince Philip on March 29.
However, he will reportedly travel to the Netherlands for The Invictus Games in April.
The prince recently said that the government denied him police protection in the UK.
The Duke of Sussex will not return to London for his grandfather’s memorial service on March 29, according to royal author Omid Scobie.
Scobie, who co-wrote Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s biography “Finding Freedom,” wrote on Twitter that Harry’s spokesperson had confirmed the news.
“A spokesperson for the Sussexes confirms that Prince Harry will not be returning to the UK for the Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip on March 29. He does, however, hope to visit the Queen as soon as possible,” Scobie wrote.
The Service of Thanksgiving, due to be held at Westminster Abbey, will provide an opportunity for representatives of the charities and organizations that Philip worked with to honor his legacy, People reports.
Although Harry won’t travel to the UK, he is planning to go to the Netherlands in April for The Invictus Games, according to the Daily Mail. The sporting competition for wounded or injured service personnel, which Harry founded, will be held at The Hague from April 16, the publication added.
On Saturday, The Invictus Games’ Twitter account shared a video of the prince taking Dutch lessons in anticipation of his visit.
Harry’s reason for not traveling to the UK has not been confirmed. In September, the royal appealed for a judicial review of a government decision that barred him from personally paying for police protection, Insider reported in January.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex personally fund a private security team for their family, yet that security cannot replicate the necessary police protection needed while in the UK. In the absence of such protection, Prince Harry and his family are unable to return to his home,” read a statement issued by the prince’s spokesperson at the time.
Representatives for the Duke of Sussex did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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