After Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Harry would not be allowed to wear a military uniform to Queen Elizabeth’s funeral or vigil, many people lashed out on his behalf. After all, he is a veteran who has served 10 years in the British army, including two tours in Afghanistan.
And then came the news that an exception was being made for Prince Andrew, who would be allowed to wear the uniform to the Queen’s vigil “as a sign of special respect” to Her Majesty, even though he was forced to retire from royal office. duties after he was linked with Jeffrey Epstein and accused of raping a minor in 2015.
While the public is upset that the same exemption does not apply to Harry, a true war hero, Harry encourages people to focus on honoring his late grandmother with a noble statement that reads:
“Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex will be wearing 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.”
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When the Sussexes stepped down from their positions as members of the royal family in 2020, they were stripped of all titles, including Harry’s three military appointments. The palace said that “only working members of the royal family will wear military uniforms” at public events to mark the Queen’s passing, which was a strong argument that Harry was not included – until an exception was made for Andrew.
AT Finding freedom: Harry and Meghan and the creation of the modern royal family, co-authors and royal reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Duran lifted the curtain on how difficult it was for Harry to give up his honorary military positions. A source close to the Sussexes shared: “It was a hard pill to take and it was very painful for Meghan to see him go through. That’s what got Harry emotional.”
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Meghan’s friend reportedly shared with the Duchess, “It was so unnecessary. And it’s not just about taking something away from him; it is also the entire community of military veterans. You too can see how much he means to them. So why? Powers [of the institution] Unfortunately, more than me.
During his military service, Prince Harry rose to the rank of captain and fired at the Taliban from an Apache helicopter. After retiring from the service, he continued to work in the veterans community, founding the Invictus Games, an annual sports competition for wounded military personnel.
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