Continue to follow. Prince Harry is choosing to rise above any rumored drama after he was not given permission to wear his military uniform for Queen Elizabeth II‘s funeral events.
According to royal correspondent, a spokesperson for the prince of 37 years addressed the rules in a statement Tuesday, September 13. Omid ScobieThis message was shared via Twitter by, “[Prince Harry]He will wear a morning dress during events in memory 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.
A day earlier, Buckingham Palace confirmed that it had received the confirmation from several media outlets. Prince Andrew would be allowed to don his uniform for one event “as a special mark of respect” to his late mother, who died at age 96 on Thursday, September 8. Since November 2019, when he was accused by the British royal family of sexual assault, the 62-year old Duke of York has not been a senior member of the British royals. Virginia Roberts Giuffre. The lawsuit was settled in court earlier this summer.
Harry was a 10 year veteran of the armed forces. When he was a teenager, Meghan Markle stepped down from their senior duties in 2020 — later relocating to California — the Duke of Sussex lost his three honorary military titles.
Shortly before the palace issued its rules for the queen’s funeral, Harry spoke out about his grandmother’s death in a heartfelt tribute, referring to Elizabeth as his “Commander-in-Chief.”
“In celebrating the life of my grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen — and in mourning her loss — we are all reminded of the guiding compass she was to so many in her commitment to service and duty. She was internationally admired, respected and loved. Her unwavering grace and dignity remained true throughout her life and now her everlasting legacy,” he wrote. “Let us echo the words she spoke after the passing of her husband, Prince Philip, words which can bring comfort to all of us now: ‘Life, of course, consists of final partings as well as first meetings.’”
The Archewell cofounder remembered spending “special moments” with his dear “Granny,” adding, “You are already sorely missed, not just by us, but by the world over. … Thank you for your sound advice. We are grateful for your infectious smile. We, too, smile knowing that you and grandpa are reunited now, and both together in peace.”
Harry and Meghan, 41, were already in the U.K. for other charity appearances when news broke of the monarch’s death. Although he tried to rush to Elizabeth’s Balmoral estate, Scotland, as doctors placed Elizabeth under medical supervision he landed in London after the news had been made public. The former pilot landed in London on Friday, September 9, after being invited by Prince Williamto visit Windsor and greet the deceased the next day. Princess KateThe SuitsThe brothers were joined by alums for the special occasion.
The state funeral for the late royal will take place on Monday, September 19, although the palace has not yet confirmed who will attend. When it comes to Harry’s military uniform, royal expert Christopher Anderson hinted that the decision was “to be expected.”
“It was [what] the queen wanted,” the author exclusively told Us WeeklyMonday, September 12. “And I think Charles wanted to make sure that those wishes were fulfilled.”