Prince Harry Allowed to Wear Military Uniform at Queen’s Vigil

Royal rule change. Prince HarryHis military uniform will now be allowed to be worn to the final vigil of Queen Elizabeth II.

Harry, 38, will be one of seven of the queen’s grandchildren present to stand near her coffin in silence for 15 minutes at the vigil held in Westminster Hall, according to a tweet from royal reporter Omid ScobieThursday, September 15. (The U.K.’s The MirrorThe update was first reported by the author.

The vigil is held on Saturday, September 16, prior to Elizabeth’s state funeral the following Monday. Buckingham Palace had earlier confirmed to multiple outlets that an exception would not be made. Prince AndrewDespite not being a member of the royal family, he was allowed to wear his uniform at this event, having served over 20 years in Royal Navy. Harry was not awarded the same honor.

Prince Harry Will Be Allowed to Wear Military Uniform at Queen's Vigil

Prince Harry.
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Archewell cofounder and spokesperson addressed the situation after the news raised eyebrows. “[Prince Harry]He will wear a morning suit to events in honor of 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,” the statement read on Tuesday, September 13.

Harry was an active member of the armed force for 10 years. He served on the front lines in Afghanistan 2007-2007. After he had been and Meghan MarkleIn 2020, the prince resigned from his senior positions. His honorary titles were Captain General Royal Marines and Honorary Flight Commandant of RAF Honington. The prince also lost Commodore in-Chief Small Ships and Diving. In the wake of his 2019 scandal of sexual assault, Andrew was stripped of his military titles. The lawsuit was settled in February.

Before the palace’s change of heart, a source told Us Weekly that Harry had “come to terms with not wearing uniform on these occasions” following his royal exit. “Whilst that’s disappointing in some senses, he’s just grateful to be present and honoring the queen. At the end of the day, it’s only a uniform,” the insider added.

The Duke of Sussex joined Prince William, King Charles III and more royal family members behind the queen’s hearse during her procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on Wednesday, September 14. Harry wore a morning dress with his medals attached to his lapels, unlike his father, 73, and brother, 40. The BetterUp CIO did not salute the memorial but instead bowed his head in a subtle gesture of respect.

After his grandmother’s death on September 8, Harry spoke out about their sweet bond and the memories they shared. “Granny, while this final parting brings us great sadness, 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. I cherish these times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between,” he wrote in a Monday, September 12, statement. “You are already sorely missed, not just by us, but by the world over. And as it comes to first meetings, we now honor my father in his new role as King Charles III.”

The loss has been “intensely difficult” for Harry and his older brother, a second source told Use. “They both adored their grandma and it will take some time to process the reality of her passing. … There’s still this horrendous sense of loss and emptiness thinking that she’ll no longer be around.”