Prince Harry will take part in stand-up fundraiser for veterans alongside stars like Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, and Tiffany Haddish – after backlash over ‘publicity stunt’ shoot at LA cemetery on Remembrance Day
- The 36-year-old Duke of Sussex will appear as a special guest at the annual Stand Up for Heroes event on November 18
- Harry will join a slew of celebrity guests at the virtual fundraiser, including Sheryl Crow, Ray Romano, and comedian Ronny Chieng
- News of his participation comes just days after he and wife Meghan Markle, 39, were pictured at Los Angeles National cemetery on Sunday
- The couple wanted to ‘personally recognize’ fallen Commonwealth soldiers in honor of Remembrance Sunday, which took place in the UK on November 8
- Meghan and Harry hired professional fashion photographer Lee Morgan to take images of them at the cemetery – a move that sparked controversy
- It was revealed over the weekend that Buckingham Palace aides turned down Harry’s request to have a wreath laid on his behalf at London’s Cenotaph
Prince Harry was known for years as the ‘joker’ of the royal family, and he will now get the chance to that infamous wit to the test when he takes part in a virtual comedy fundraiser for veterans in the US.
The 36-year-old will join a host of stars – including Bruce Springsteen and comedian Tiffany Haddish – at the annual Stand Up for Heroes event on November 18, when it will be broadcast online and on ABC News.
New of the Duke of Sussex‘s participation in the event comes just days after he and Meghan Markle sparked controversy by staging a photoshoot at the Los Angeles National cemetery on Sunday, where they marked Remembrance Day in the UK by visiting the graves of fallen Commonwealth soldiers.
Honoring heroes: Prince Harry is set to take part in a comedy fundraiser for veterans, it’s been revealed, days after he marked Remembrance Day with Meghan Markle at an LA cemetery
Controversy: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to share images of the cemetery visit sparked backlash online, with some accusing them of turning it into a ‘publicity stunt’
The couple’s visit to the cemetery was captured by fashion photographer Lee Morgan – a move that sparked furious criticism from some who felt that they had turned the event into a ‘publicity stunt’.
Before stepping down as a senior royal earlier this year as part of Megxit, Harry – who spent many years serving in the army – marked Remembrance Day with a visit to the Cenotaph in London alongside many other members of the royal family, a tradition that he missed this year having moved to Los Angeles with Meghan and their son Archie in the spring.
However Harry will now have the chance to honor war heroes in the US with the stand-up event, which is set to take place exactly one week after Veterans Day in order to raise money for the Bob Woodruff Foundation, an organization that aims to ‘help veterans and military families thrive’.
‘For the last 14 years, the Stand Up for Heroes event has continued to inspire our nation and serves as a reminder of all of the brave individuals that have defended our country selflessly in our military,’ said Bob Woodruff, ABC News correspondent and co-founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation.
‘This year, it is especially important that we unite to show support for their sacrifices as we come together virtually to stand up for our heroes.’
Memories: Prince Harry, 36, spent 10 years serving in the army, and before stepping down as a senior royal, he marked Remembrance Day in the UK by visiting the Cenotaph in London
Changes: The Duke, pictured in 2019, was said to be ‘deeply saddened’ when palace aides refused his request to have a wreath laid on his behalf at the Cenotaph on Sunday
The event, held in partnership with the New York Comedy Festival, will see a host of famous faces take to the stage for musical and stand-up performances – and it will give Harry a chance to reunite with music icon Bruce, who previously shared the stage with the Duke in 2017 when he performed at the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games.
It is unknown exactly what Harry’s role in the event proceedings will be, however it is likely that he will open up about his own experiences in the military, something that he has done many times in recent years.
Last week, the Duke of Sussex spoke about his cherished relationship with veterans during an appearance on the Declassified podcast, on which he described coming together with former soldiers ‘like meeting an old mate’.
On the podcast, which documents stories from the military community, the duke also spoke about his own service which included two tours of Afghanistan.
‘When I get asked about this period of my life I draw from memories, I draw from what I remember and who I remember,’ he said.
Reunited: Harry will be joined at the event by Bruce Springsteen, who performed at the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in 2017 (pictured)
Stars: TV star Jon Stewart (left) will host the event, which will feature performances from Tiffany Haddish (right), Sheryl Crow, Brad Paisley, and Ray Romano
‘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 honors 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.’