The Duke of Sussex, who has quit royal duties for a new life in the US with Meghan Markle and their son Archie, reportedly made the request to Buckingham Palace. But Harry is understood to have been left “deeply saddened” after it was denied by courtiers as he is no longer a working member of the Royal Family.
Royal author Phil Dampier warned Harry “can’t have his cake and eat it” following the report by the Sunday Times.
Mr Dampier tweeted: “Quite right. #PrinceHarry is no longer a working Royal. He can’t have his cake and eat it.”
It comes as the Queen, who is said not to have been made aware of Harry’s request, led the nation in marking Remembrance Sunday.
The 94-year-old monarch was joined by other members of the Royal Family in commemorating the nation’s war dead at the service at the Cenotaph in London.
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Prince Charles, Prince William, Princess Anne and Prince Edward laid wreaths at the ceremony, which was scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Queen, dressed in a black hat and coat, was joined by Lady-in-Waiting Susan Rhodes as she looked on from a balcony at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office building.
Camilla and Kate watched from a separate balcony, while the Countess of Wessex and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence were on a third balcony.
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Harry pictured at the Cenotaph in 2019
Prince Andrew did not take part in the event after he stepped down from royal duties following his disastrous Newsnight interview last year about his association with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was joined by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and former prime ministers Sir John Major, Tony Blair, David Cameron and Theresa May.
While Harry did not attend, he described Remembrance Sunday as “a moment for respect and for hope” in a podcast interview.
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Harry, who spent 10 years in the armed forces, told the Declassified podcast: “The act of remembering, of remembrance, is a profound act of honour.
“It’s how we preserve the legacies of entire generations and show our gratitude for the sacrifices they made in order for us to be able to live the lives we live today.”
The Queen’s grandson also spoke about what serving his country means to him.
He said: “When I get asked about this period of my life I draw from memories, I draw from what I remember and who I remember.
Prince Charles laying a wreath on behalf of the Queen
“Like the first time we were shot at and who I was with, the casualties we saw, and those we saved. And the first medivac we escorted out of contact in a race against time.
“Once served always serving, no matter what.
“Being able to wear my uniform, being able to stand up in service of one’s country, these are amongst the greatest honours there are in life.
“To me, the uniform is a symbol of something much bigger, it’s symbolic of our commitment to protecting our country, as well as protecting our values.
“These values are put in action through service, and service is what happens in the quiet and in the chaos.”
Harry, 36, is living in California with the Duchess of Sussex, 39, and their young son Archie.
The Sussexes officially ended royal duties earlier this year and are starting a new life in America.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment.