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Senior Royals Attend Memorial Service To Honor Prince Philip Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did not return to the United Kingdom to attend Prince Philip's memorial service at Westminster Abbey Tuesday. They released no statement and it is still uncertain if the pair streamed the live coverage from California.

The memorial service celebrated the late Prince Philip's consistent service and dedication to the Royal Family and nation. More than 1,800 attendees honored the Duke of Edinburgh, including 27 members of royalty who flew in from around the globe. The 37-year-old Duke of Sussex appeared to be the only senior member of the Royal Family who was not present at the memorial.

The service started at 10:30 am in the UK. It is said that Harry stayed at their £11 million Montecito mansion together with his wife, Meghan Markle and two children. It is still not known if the family watched the live broadcast of the service.

Harry is currently fighting a legal battle against the Home Office after being denied the right to personal security for his visit to the UK. Harry refused to travel due to the issue regarding his and his family's safety and protection.

Meanwhile, royal protection officer, Richard Griffin, who spent 14 years guarding the Duke of Edinburgh, commented on Harry's absence, "Prince Philip was their grandfather, so William has obviously had a great training from him and is going to learn examples from him. I just hope Harry gets some of these things in his mind. It [Harry not being here] was a big disappointment for everybody. People were talking about it. Certainly around where I was, people were saying he should have been here. All this nonsense about how he couldn't get protection, as far as I'm concerned, that was a pathetic excuse. He should've been here to honor his grandfather."

Legendary royal photographer Arthur Edwards, photographing the Royal Family for The Sun since 1977 also took his stand on Harry's "lame" excuse not to attend the memorial. "Royals young and old came from far and wide to Westminster Abbey yesterday to pay tribute to Prince Philip – except one. Prince Harry's excuse for avoiding the memorial service for his own grandfather because of "security fears" is, quite frankly, lame."

"Harry couldn't be ­bothered to take a few days off from Netflix, or feeding his chickens in the US, to honor the grandfather who always supported him. Whether walking with the 12-year-old Prince behind his mother's coffin, or giving support while Harry was on active service in Afghanistan, Philip was always there for him." He added how the Duke of Sussex "lost out" on the historical occasion, "As far as I'm concerned, after yesterday's no-show Harry has burnt his boats."

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R) and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend the Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House in London on March 5, 2020. - The Endeavour Fund helps servicemen and women have the opportunity to rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit through physical challenges. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

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