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Why Harry was exceptionally able to wear his uniform in front of the Queen’s coffin

IAN VOGLER / AFP Britain’s Prince Harry (R), Duke of Sussex, and Britain’s Princess Beatrice of York (L), arrive to mount a vigil around the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s orb and sceptre, lying in state on the catafalque in Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster in London on September 16, 2022, ahead of her funeral on Monday. – Queen Elizabeth II will lie in state in Westminster Hall inside the Palace of Westminster, until 0530 GMT on September 19, a few hours before her funeral, with huge queues expected to file past her coffin to pay their respects. (Photo by Ian Vogler / POOL / AFP)


Prince Harry received permission to wear his uniform during the vigil of the grandchildren in tribute to the late queen, this Saturday, September 17.

UNITED KINGDOM – Special permission. Prince Harry obtained an exemption to wear his military uniform during the funeral wake organized by the eight grandchildren of Queen Elizabeth this Saturday, September 17. Until then, the Duke of Sussex was not allowed to wear his uniform at state funerals.

Indeed, Meghan Markle’s husband retired from his royal duties in 2020 and can no longer wear his military colors during official ceremonies. His uncle Andrew also lost his titles, disgraced by the queen following his involvement in the Jeffrey Epstein affair.

But how did Harry get this privilege? According The Mirror, the decision, made by Buckingham Palace, was guided by requests from the public. Some Britons have deemed it unfair that Prince Andrew was allowed to wear his military uniform at the Princes’ vigil on Friday.

“His decade of military service is not determined by the uniform he wears”

The choice is therefore not a request from Prince Harry, confirms information obtained by the American edition of the HuffPost from a spokesperson for the duke. “His decade of military service is not determined by the uniform he wears”, he added. A source close to royal power also assured the Mirror what “It was a ridiculous situation considering the Duke of Sussex has served his country and is a highly respected member of the armed forces with all he has done for veterans.”

The Duke of Sussex actually served in the British Army for over 10 years. He served two tours in Afghanistan and attained the rank of Major. In 2014, while still in the military, he founded the Invictus Games, a multi-sport and Paralympic event for injured service members.

This decision was also made by ” Mark of respect ” for the queen who would have liked her favorite grandson to wear the uniform. However, as the magazine article points out ELLEnothing says that prince Harry can wear his military uniform at the funeral of Elizabeth II, this Monday, September 19.

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