Prince Harry's exit from the monarchy left him stripped of his honorary military titles. To avoid embarrassment on his part, the Queen has decided that nobody will wear their military uniforms.
If Prince Harry can't wear his military uniform to Prince Philip's funeral, then nobody can. This was a decision made by Queen Elizabeth in an effort to preserve her grandson's dignity and allow the family to present a united front.
The Duke of Sussex's royal exit resulted in a loss of his military titles; hence if military uniform were to be worn to his grandfather's funeral, he would be the only one left in a suit.
Prince Philip during the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial on November 12, 2017 | Getty Images
Instead of worrying about one member of the royal family's appearance, the Queen has gone against the prescribed tradition and said that everyone would attend her husband's funeral in mourning dress.
36-year-old Prince Harry tried his hand at convincing various members of his family to let him wear his Blues and Royals dress uniform, but all was put aside with the monarch's decision. An insider shared:
"Despite everything that has gone on and the wounds are still pretty raw, everyone is hoping any disputes will be parked for another day."
PROBLEM WITH ANDREW
Prince Harry wasn't the only one causing problems when it came to the appropriate attire for the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral as his uncle, Prince Andrew, had a few demands of his own.
The repercussions of their royal exit were great with the Duke of Sussex living in the wake of his decision.
Prince Andrew wanted to wear an admiral's uniform despite having deferred the position whilst he was in the middle of the scandal surrounding his friendship with the convicted sex offender, Jeff Epstein. Nonetheless, he will now arrive in a suit.
ONLY 30 PEOPLE
The civilian attire will not be the only unique aspect of the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral. There will only be 30 people at the service as stipulated by the COVID-19 regulations. The regulations will not spoil the service as a spokesperson shared:
"The occasion will still celebrate and recognize the Duke's life and his more than 70 years of service to the Queen, the U.K. and the Commonwealth."
Prince Philip's coffin will be transported in a custom-made Land Rover with the majority of the royal family members walking behind the vehicle as it moves to St George’s Chapel, where the funeral will take place.
CANNOT DEAL WITH EMBARRASSMENT
The Queen's decision regarding her son and grandson's attire send the message that her husband's funeral is not the place to air dirty laundry, neither is it a platform for further embarrassment.
Prince Andrew's ordeal with the Epstein saga was bad enough, as is, with the royal's disastrous sit-down interview making matters even worse. It resulted in Prince Andrew stepping back from his royal responsibilities.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's exit from the monarchy and their revealing tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey sparked just as much shock and controversy as they shared the details of their lives within palace walls.
The repercussions of their royal exit were great, with the Duke of Sussex living in the wake of his decision in America with his wife, who is expecting their second child and son.