Queen Elizabeth funeral: Duke of Sussex reacts to being ‘banned’ from wearing military uniform

The Duke of Sussex will wear a morning suit at Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral and events leading up to the ceremony after being “banned” from wearing his military outfit at the farewells.

Prince Harry, who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan as a soldier, confirmed the move after speculation over the issue grew ahead of Her Majesty’s final goodbye on September 19.

His spokesman said the duke’s “decade of service is not determined by the uniform he wears” after the decision.

Camera IconPrince Harry won’t be wearing his military uniform, but as a working royal Prince William will. Credit: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Harry was barred from wearing his military uniform at the late British monarch’s funeral and farewell ceremonies even though his scandal-hit uncle the Duke of York will be permitted to do so at the upcoming Vigil of the Princes in Westminster Hall.

Following a series of reports about the matter, the Duke of Sussex’s spokesman said: “(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.”

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Harry, 37, has always been proud of his decade in the armed forces, and was said to be deeply saddened when he was stripped of his honorary military roles including Captain General of the Royal Marines by the Queen after he and his wife the Duchess of Sussex, 41, left Britain for a new life in America.

Only working royals are being permitted to dress in uniform at five ceremonial occasions.

Prince Harry won’t be in uniform for the Queen’s funeral.
Camera IconPrince Harry won’t be in uniform for the Queen’s funeral. Credit: Anwar Hussein/PA

They are the St Giles’ Cathedral service in Edinburgh, which took place on Monday and the coffin’s procession to Westminster Hall, the vigil at the lying in state, the funeral in Westminster Abbey and the committal service in Windsor.

Prince Andrew will still be able to wear his uniform as a “special mark of respect” for the Queen when he stands guard at her coffin as part of the Vigil of the Princes.

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