Prince Harry appears to have made a sudden U-turn on how service should be performed, preaching that "service is what happens in silence … when people are not watching" – just days after he and his wife Meghan Markle was beaten up for turning Remembrance Day into a "tasteless publicity stunt".
While speaking about the military and the impact of the pandemic at the Stand Up for Heroes virtual veteran fundraiser, Harry, 36, claimed, “I believe that service occurs in silence and chaos. It's what happens when people aren't looking and it's about how we take care of each other every day. & # 39;
The Duke of Sussex's views on "silent" services contradict the highly criticized photoshoot he and Meghan, 39, arranged on Remembrance Sunday as they visited a Los Angeles cemetery to deliver flowers to the graves of the fallen lay Commonwealth soldiers – a move that sparked outrage on both sides of the Atlantic.
Hypocrisy: Prince Harry has preached about "quiet" official acts – after he had triggered anger by staging a photo shoot with Ms. Meghan Markle on the Sunday of Remembrance
Before stepping down as a senior king earlier this year, Harry, along with many other members of the royal family, celebrated Remembrance Day with a visit to the Cenotaph in London, a tradition he missed this year after traveling to Los Angeles with Meghan and her son Archie was drawn in the spring.
That year, the Duke, who wore his military medals during his “Stand Up for Heroes” speech, was absent from the traditional ceremony and is said to have been “deeply saddened” after Buckingham Palace rejected his request to lay a wreath at its cenotaph Names.
Controversy: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's decision to share pictures of the cemetery visit sparked a backlash online, with some accusing them of making a "publicity stunt" out of it.
Instead, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex placed flowers from their garden on the two Commonwealth headstones in Los Angeles National Cemetery – one for an Airman who served in the Royal Australian Air Force and one for a Royal Soldier Canadian Artillery.
The couple also placed a wreath on an obelisk in the cemetery, on which was a plaque that read "In memory of the men who offered their lives in defense of their country."
Harry was wearing his medals of service as he laid a wreath on which he wrote, “All who have served and are serving. Thank you. & # 39;
Meghan and Harry were beaten up for getting famous fashion photographer Lee Morgan to capture their personal act of memory. Many described the visit as a "publicity stunt".
DailyMail.com's Por Morgan accused the couple of using it as a "public relations opportunity", writing on Twitter, "Simply outrageous – treating Memorial Sunday like a PR opportunity and trying to steal headlines from the real royals." her duty at home. & # 39;
Another Twitter user wrote: "There's something really tasteless about Prince Harry and Meghan in a California cemetery, with a photographer just there to make sure they get in too."
However, Harry ignored the heated controversy surrounding his Remembrance Day shoot and instead spoke about the significant and lasting impact his time in the military – including two front tours to Afghanistan – had on his life.
Memories: Prince Harry (seen in 2012), 36, served in the Army for 10 years and said his military experience "changed his life forever and for the better".
Changes: The Duke (pictured 2019) said the army "changed its view of sacrifice and service" after being "born into a life of duty" as king
"(My military) experience changed my life forever and for the better," he said.
“It changed my view of sacrifice and service. I was born into a life of duty, but during my decade in the army I committed myself to a life of service. & # 39;
Although Harry quit his job as a high-ranking king earlier this year, putting his numerous military honorary degrees on hold, he reiterated his commitment to the armed forces in a recorded message for the comedy event that is raising money for U.S. veterans.
The Duke said that the decade he spent in the military changed him for the better and made him who he is today, noting that it changed his life "forever and for the better".
One man's father added that he would always be part of the military team, paying tribute to those he met while on duty.
"My military experience made me what I am today – and it also connected me with some of the strongest, funniest, and most memorable people I've ever met," he said.
& # 39; Once we join this team, we are always part of that team. Once we have served, we always serve with pride. & # 39;
Harry and Meghan resigned from royal duties nearly nine months ago to live a life of personal and financial freedom in Los Angeles, where they now live in a $ 14.5 million mansion with their son Archie.
The decision to relinquish his royal duties meant that the Duke's honorary military titles – Captain General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Commander of the Air Force at Royal Air Force Base Honington, and Commander in Chief of Small Ships and Royal Naval Commands Diving – were put on hold.
Harry is not currently allowed to play a specific role with these titles, but they have not yet been passed on to any other members of the royal family.
Helping Hand: Harry volunteered for a charitable foundation providing COVID-19 responses to veterans and their families as well as at risk communities in Compton last week
Restrained: The royal cut a casual figure in jeans, a khaki polo top and hat, and wore a protective face mask
& # 39; Honor & # 39;: Another volunteer posted on Instagram: & # 39; Today I had the honor to meet and work with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. & # 39;
His role will be investigated in March as part of the Monarchy's 12-month review of the Sussexes' departure rules.
The Stand Up For Heroes comedy event helps raise money for military veterans in the United States.
The annual fundraiser is hosted by Jon Stewart and presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival. Participating celebrities include Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, and actor Ray Romano.
During his taped message, Harry, who hosted the 2014 Invictus Games competition for injured soldiers and women, added, “I wanted to honor the legacy of these men and women who gave up so much – from family time to missed birthdays and even missed births.
Some have lost their limbs, others their lives. That is why I created the Invictus Games to provide a platform for injured soldiers and women to surpass and reaffirm their values of resilience, community and strength that are inherent in each and every one of us. & # 39;
He also spoke about the challenges people faced during the global pandemic, noting that he was impressed and inspired by the people's "incredible resilience".
"This year was and is incredibly tough for the whole world," he said. "But we also saw incredible resilience and practicality."
Last week, Harry had the chance to see some of that resilience in person when he volunteered for a nonprofit foundation providing COVID-19 support to veterans and their families as well as vulnerable communities in Compton, California.
The Duke joined volunteers wrapping and distributing food packages at an event organized by Compton Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Walker Family Events Foundation (WFEF).
On Instagram, WFEF shared a photo of the Duke of Sussex dressed casually in blue jeans, a khaki polo shirt, beanie and a protective face mask.
The event took place just a short drive from where his wife Meghan grew up and where their mother Doria lives in a large, yellow-hued single-family home in the View Park-Windsor Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles about 20 minutes away. It borders Crenshaw, an area that has been marked by gang violence.
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