The mourning continues. Prince Harry was not dressed in military uniform when he arrived at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Duke of Sussex, 38, looked grim as he walked in procession from Westminster Hall to London’s Westminster Abbey on Monday, September 19, to pay his respects along with his royal relatives. He chose a morning suit, while his father, King Charles IIIand brother Prince William put on your uniform.
Harry’s grandmother died at her Balmoral estate in Scotland on September 8 at the age of 96. In the days leading up to her state funeral – the first held in Westminster Abbey by a reigning monarch since the 18th century – Britain began an official period of mourning. Elizabeth’s coffin was moved from Scotland back to London in a long series of events when her eldest son, aged 73, came to the throne.
When preparations for the funeral were completed, Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Andrew received special permission to wear military uniform to his late mother’s last vigil as a “mark of respect”. The Duke of York, 62, served for more than two decades in the Royal Navy before stepping down from his public duties in 2019 when he was accused of sexual assault by Virginia Roberts Giuffre. The suit was settled out of court in February, a month after Andrew was stripped of his military ranks and royal patronage.
Harry, for his part, voluntarily stepped down from his senior royal position in 2020 and moved to California with his wife. Meghan Markle. His three honorary military ranks – Captain General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Commandant of the Royal Air Force Honington and Commander in Chief of Small Ships and Divers – were lost after his departure.
Despite his 10 years of military service, the palace did not grant Harry the same permission to wear a uniform in honor of his late grandmother. The former pilot communicated the decision through his representative less than a week after Elizabeth’s death.
“[Prince Harry] will wear a morning suit during events in honor of his grandmother. His decade of military service is not determined by the uniform he wears and we respectfully request that the focus be on the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” the spokesperson said.
Harry has “come to terms with not wearing a uniform on these occasions” amid his ups and downs with his family, an exclusive source said. us weekly. “Although disappointing in some ways, he is simply grateful to be present and honoring the Queen. After all, it’s just a uniform.”
When the Archewell co-founder joined Charles, 73, William, 40, and other members of the royal family behind the Queen’s hearse during her procession from Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, September 14, neither he nor Andrew were dressed in official military uniforms. However, the couple had their medals pinned to their black jackets. Harry and Andrew also did not greet the national memorial, heading to Westminster Hall, where Elizabeth lay for four days before the funeral.
Harry and Meghan, 41, stood behind William and Princess Kate. As the Sussexes emerged from the chapel, they shared a brief moment of affection, holding each other’s hands as they walked.
After much deliberation, Harry was eventually allowed to wear the uniform while on duty with his brother at Westminster Hall on Saturday 17 September. He stood guard alongside William, but keen onlookers noticed the difference in the military attire of the princes. While William’s shoulder boards had the letters “ER” – the initials of their late grandmother – Harry’s shoulder boards did not.
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