Veteran, 83, who met Prince Harry and Meghan Markle jokes they ‘singled me out because I’m handsome’

A veteran has spoken of his delight after he managed to speak to both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they honoured Britain’s war dead at the Field of Remembrance outside Westminster Abbey on Thursday.

Monty Murrell, 83, from Basildon, who joined the army in 1954 before serving for seven years in Germany, Cyprus, Egypt and Libya, winning several medals, was one of the many veterans who joined the ceremony  attended by the royals.

Speaking to FEMAIL, Monty revealed how Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, ‘singled him out’, joking that his good looks won him a few minutes with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

After chatting with Harry about football and his time in the army, he was delighted when Meghan came over and waved to his granddaughter Shelby, 21, who said she ‘couldn’t believe the Duchess called her name’.

Monty Murrell, 83, from Basildon, seen with granddaughter Shelby, 21, joined the army in 1954 before serving for seven years, and was one of the many veterans who joined the Remembrance ceremony attended by the royals

Monty Murrell, 83, from Basildon, seen with granddaughter Shelby, 21, joined the army in 1954 before serving for seven years, and was one of the many veterans who joined the Remembrance ceremony attended by the royals

Monty Murrell, 83, from Basildon, seen with granddaughter Shelby, 21, joined the army in 1954 before serving for seven years, and was one of the many veterans who joined the Remembrance ceremony attended by the royals

Monty, who met his wife after receiving a ‘Dear John’ letter during his time in the army, said: ‘The day was great, it brings back memories, and it was so great to meet Harry and Meghan.

‘Harry asked me where I served and remembered the regiment. He joked that when he was in the army they couldn’t keep up with our regiment.

‘He also told me that he loved football and then Meghan came over and joined us’.

Speaking about the Duchess, he said: ‘Meghan asked me how I was and asked my granddaughter’s name before waving at her.’

When asked why they singled him out, he joked: ‘They singled me out because I’m good looking! Everybody in the crowd made them welcome.’

The chairman of his veteran committee added: ‘It’s all the more meaningful as this ceremony is the last our committee is attending before we’re shut down.’

Monty spoke of his delight after he managed to speak to  Prince Harry (left)

Monty spoke of his delight after he managed to speak to  Prince Harry (left)

He also spoke to  Meghan Markle (right) as they honoured Britain's war dead at the Field of Remembrance outside Westminster Abbey on Thursday

He also spoke to  Meghan Markle (right) as they honoured Britain's war dead at the Field of Remembrance outside Westminster Abbey on Thursday

Monty spoke of his delight after he managed to speak to both Prince Harry (left) and Meghan Markle (right) as they honoured Britain’s war dead at the Field of Remembrance outside Westminster Abbey on Thursday

Monty's granddaughter Shelby, who lives with her mother and grandparents in Basildon added: 'I'm patriotic and I love the royal family - my granddad is so proud that I support him.'

Monty's granddaughter Shelby, who lives with her mother and grandparents in Basildon added: 'I'm patriotic and I love the royal family - my granddad is so proud that I support him.'

Monty’s granddaughter Shelby, who lives with her mother and grandparents in Basildon added: ‘I’m patriotic and I love the royal family – my granddad is so proud that I support him.’

Monty’s granddaughter Shelby, who lives with her mother and grandparents in Basildon added: ‘I’m patriotic and I love the royal family – my granddad is so proud that I support him.’

Speaking about the moment Harry and Meghan approached Monty, she said: ‘I couldn’t believe it.

‘When they walked in separately I thought he would be lucky if one came over, but then they both came over and I was so happy for him.

‘Meghan waved at me and said my name, and where my name is American and she’s American it was great to hear it in her accent.

‘They were so lovely and everyone was in complete adoration of them both, there were more people there than ever.’

She added: ‘It means so much to me that my grandfather got to experience this. My granddad is more of a father figure as I don’t have a dad in my life and I’d be lost without him. We’ve always lived together, my grandparents are my extra parents’.  

Shelby, seen left, said: 'It means so much to me that my grandfather got to experience this. My granddad is more of a father figure as I don't have a dad in my life and I'd be lost without him. We've always lived together, my grandparents (seen) are extra parents'.

Shelby, seen left, said: 'It means so much to me that my grandfather got to experience this. My granddad is more of a father figure as I don't have a dad in my life and I'd be lost without him. We've always lived together, my grandparents (seen) are extra parents'.

Shelby, seen left, said: ‘It means so much to me that my grandfather got to experience this. My granddad is more of a father figure as I don’t have a dad in my life and I’d be lost without him. We’ve always lived together, my grandparents (seen) are extra parents’.

After chatting with Harry about football and his time in the army, he was delighted when Meghan came over and waved to his granddaughter Shelby, 21, who said she 'couldn't believe the Duchess called her name'

After chatting with Harry about football and his time in the army, he was delighted when Meghan came over and waved to his granddaughter Shelby, 21, who said she 'couldn't believe the Duchess called her name'

After chatting with Harry about football and his time in the army, he was delighted when Meghan came over and waved to his granddaughter Shelby, 21, who said she ‘couldn’t believe the Duchess called her name’ 

Monty, who met his wife after receiving a 'Dear John' letter during his time in the army, said: 'The day was great, it brings back memories, and it was so great to meet Harry and Meghan.

Monty, who met his wife after receiving a 'Dear John' letter during his time in the army, said: 'The day was great, it brings back memories, and it was so great to meet Harry and Meghan.

Monty, who met his wife after receiving a ‘Dear John’ letter during his time in the army, said: ‘The day was great, it brings back memories, and it was so great to meet Harry and Meghan.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex honoured Britain’s war dead on Thursday during a poignant ceremony at the Field of Remembrance outside Westminster Abbey at which Meghan was making her first appearance.

Prince Harry, wearing his Household Division ceremonial uniform, and Meghan planted tiny crosses to pay their respects to servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in conflicts across the decades.

The couple bowed their heads after placing a cross on a larger version made of poppies, as they looked out at a sea of crosses erected by military units and other groups associated with the First World War and other conflicts.

Meghan wore a Sentaler navy coat and a pair of knee-length heeled boots by Tamara Mellon. She also wore a slim belt over a black dress and a navy Philip Treacy hat, with an elegant veil detail.

Harry and Meghan visited the plots for regimental and other associations, meeting veterans from all areas of the Armed Forces, including 20 D-Day veterans, and stood still as the Last Post was played by a bugler.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex paid their respects as they visit the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey today

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex paid their respects as they visit the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey today

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex paid their respects as they visit the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey today