It’s been over two years since Prince Harry as well as Meghan Markle decided to step down from their duties as senior members of the royal family, causing the Duke of Sussex to lose his royal patronage and military titles.
In February 2021, it became known that Harry officially returned to Queen Elizabeth II the titles of Captain General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Commandant of the Air Force, Honington and Commander in Chief of Small Ships and Divers of the Royal Naval Command.
“After a conversation with the Duke, the Queen wrote confirming that, having refused to work in the royal family, it was not possible to continue to fulfill the duties and responsibilities associated with public service. As such, honorary military positions and the royal patronage of the Duke and Duchess will be returned to Her Majesty before being redistributed to working members of the royal family,” the palace said at the time, confirming that a “12-month review” had been carried out. after Harry and Meghan’s first step.
According to royal authors Caroline Duran as well as Omid ScobieThe “most demoralizing aspect” of Harry and Meghan’s new deal with the Queen was “the removal of his honorary military titles, which he was bestowed as a high-ranking member of the royal family.”
“As a retired soldier, Harry could always wear his medals, but he could no longer wear the uniform of Captain General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Commandant of the Royal Air Force Base Honington and Honorary Commander-in-Chief. small ships and diving operations of the Royal Navy,” they wrote in their book Looking for freedom. “[It’s been] a hard pill to swallow, and the one that was the most painful for Megan, witnesses him go through. That’s what got Harry emotional.”
The British Royal Family’s dress code states that working members of the royal family who have served in the armed forces dress in uniform for military affairs, including the Flying of the Colour, Remembrance Sunday and state funerals.
As a result of abandoning his duties to work for the Queen, Harry, who had served 10 years in the British Army, was noticeably out of shape next to Prince William and other working members of the royal family during HM Trooping the Color Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022.
Three months later, when Queen Elizabeth died in September 2022, the palace confirmed that Prince Andrew — who was stripped of his titles in January 2022, two years after he was accused of sexual assault — received permission to wear a military uniform at one event, the late monarch’s last vigil, “as a mark of special respect.” (He was not given permission to wear the uniform at other funerals along with his siblings.) After it became known that Harry had not been granted the same exemption, royal experts were divided.
Christopher Andersenfor his part, exclusively told Us weekly that the decision was “expected”, although this is a “very sensitive” topic.
“It was [what] the queen wanted,” he said of Harry’s deprivation of honorary titles. “And I think Charles wanted to make sure those wishes were fulfilled.”
Commentator Shola Mos Shogbamimumeanwhile told Newsweek that double standards are “regrettable”.
“Prince Harry served with distinction. He served in the army with honors and rose through the ranks. He made two tours of Afghanistan. He still works with veterans and promotes support for injured men and women. Also, he started the Invictus Games [a sporting event for wounded servicemen and women]. If there was anyone between the two of them who had the right to wear a uniform, then it is Prince Harry, ”said Mos-Shogbamimu. “I think about Charles. Didn’t he learn a thing or two about the Queen’s negative reaction to the way she protected Prince Andrew?
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