SA­LUTE IN HONOUR

Prince tells hero he may bring girl­friend Meghan

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Prince Harry is pic­tured at West­min­ster Abbey’s Field of Re­mem­brance to honour the fallen ahead of Armistice Day. Harry, 33, laid a wooden cross in mem­ory of those who made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice. He chat­ted with vet­er­ans from past and present con­flicts.

PRINCE HARRY has hon­oured the na­tion’s war dead and joked with one vet­eran about bring­ing Meghan Markle to the event next year.

Harry, 33, laid a wooden cross at West­min­ster Abbey’s Field of Re­mem­brance ahead of Armistice Day, in mem­ory of those who made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice.

He looked re­laxed as he chat­ted and laughed with vet­er­ans from past and present con­flicts. Harry joked with Matt Weston, who was a bomb dis­posal ex­pert in Afghanistan, about bring­ing his US ac­tress girl­friend to the event, around a year af­ter their re­la­tion­ship hit the head­lines.

Mr Weston, 28, said: “I took the mickey and asked where his mis­sus was and he said she wasn’t here. I asked if she would come next time be­cause she’s awe­some, and he said he couldn’t hide her any­where, but I said you wouldn’t have to hide her.

“I would love to meet her – I think she’s very cool. He’s a very lucky man and she’s bril­liant.”

Mr Weston, from Taun­ton, Som­er­set, lost both his legs when an im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice ex­ploded in 2009 while he was serv­ing with the Royal En­gi­neers 33 Reg­i­ment.

“It was great see­ing him again; I met him be­fore at the Afghanistan and Iraq me­mo­rial un­veil­ing,” he added.

Harry also stopped to talk to seven-year-old Har­ri­son De­gior­gio-Lewis, who he recog­nised af­ter meet­ing him at the abbey last year.

Har­ri­son’s un­cle, Lieu­tenant Aaron Lewis, of 29 Com­mando Reg­i­ment Royal Ar­tillery, was killed in Afghanistan in De­cem­ber 2008 when in­sur­gents at­tacked a for­ward op­er­a­tion base he jointly com­manded with Dan­ish troops.

Har­ri­son, who was ac­com­pa­nied by his grand­mother He­len Lewis, was wear­ing his un­cle’s cam­paign medals and beret.

“He has been com­ing here for four years now to rep­re­sent his un­cle,” said Mrs Lewis, 61, who lives near her grand­son in Rochford, Es­sex.

She added: “Harry recog­nised him – they have a bond, as they share a birth­day. Harry asked him about his un­cle Aaron, and he said how proud he was.”

Harry, dressed in his House­hold Di­vi­sion frock coat and peaked cap, laid a cross in the grounds of West­min­ster Abbey when he ar­rived.

He solemnly saluted and stood in si­lence with hun­dreds of vet­er­ans as the Last Post was played.

Harry later stopped to talk to Joan De-Vall and Diana Lid­stone, who served with the Aux­il­iary Ter­ri­to­rial Ser­vice, the women’s branch of the Bri­tish Army, dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

Mrs Lid­stone, 93, from Lu­ton, said: “He asked how we were and if we’re stay­ing down over the week­end.”

Mrs De-Vall, 92, added that was “won­der­ful” to meet Harry on the 100-year an­niver­sary of women serv­ing in the Bri­tish mil­i­tary.

The Prince shared a joke with D-Day vet­eran Ge­orge Chan­dler, 93, who has been com­ing to the event for 15 years.

Mr Chan­dler, who served with the Royal Navy Coastal Forces, said: “Last year he asked me what’s in my bag and I said a bottle of wa­ter and a ma­chine gun. This year I told him I didn’t bring them and he laughed at that.”

Around 70,000 tiny crosses, many car­ry­ing hand­writ­ten mes­sages, are laid on 380 plots in the abbey grounds rep­re­sent­ing mil­i­tary reg­i­ments, units, or­gan­i­sa­tions and other groups.

I would love to meet (Meghan Markle) – I think she’s very cool. War vet­eran Matt Weston

PIC­TURE: JEREMY SELWYN/PA.

PIC­TURE: JEREMY SELWYN/EVENING STAN­DARD/PA WIRE.

ROYAL TRIB­UTE: Prince Harry meets vet­er­ans at West­min­ster Abbey’s Field of Re­mem­brance.

PIC­TURE: GARETH FULLER/PA WIRE.

ME­MO­RIAL: Chelsea Pen­sion­ers amongst re­mem­brance crosses in the West­min­ster Abbey Field of Re­mem­brance.

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