Prince Harry has addressed the news that he will be restricted from wearing the official military suit for the Queen’s funeral on September 19, a spokesperson reported. However, the Duke of Sussex has requested that the attention remain on honoring the Queen’s legacy rather than a trivial uniform issue.
As per protocol, all working members of the royal family are expected to be dressed in their official military uniform during any formal events within the period of mourning, as posed by King Charles III. However, royal reporter Omid Scobie revealed on Twitter that Prince Harry will not be allowed to follow the same during any of the ceremonies. “Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex will wear a morning suit throughout events honoring his grandmother,” the statement read. “His decade of military service is not determined by the uniform he wears, and we respectfully ask that focus remain on the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”
Sussex spokesperson: “[Prince Harry] will wear a morning suit throughout events honouring his grandmother. His decade of military service is not determined by the uniform he wears and we respectfully ask that focus remain on the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) September 13, 2022
Prince Harry, who served in the British Royal Army for a decade had to renounce his honorary military appointments and royal titles as he stepped down as a working member of the royal family and moved to California two years ago. However, Prince Andrew, who was also stripped of his royal titles following claims of sexual misconduct will be allowed to wear the military uniform at the Queen’s final vigil, as a “special mark of respect.”
As a non-working member of the family, Prince Andrew will not wear uniform to above events. However, “as a special mark of respect”, a royal source says he will at the final vigil in Westminster Hall. The Palace have yet to say whether this exception also applies to Prince Harry.
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) September 12, 2022
The news was revealed soon after Prince Harry’s heartwarming tribute to the Queen was shared via the website for their nonprofit, Archewell, where he wrote about all the moments and memories they shared together. “I am forever grateful for all of our first meetings—from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren,” he wrote. “I cherish these times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between. You are already sorely missed, not just by us, but by the world over.”