Prince Harry and Andrew bow heads to Queen, removed of military rights to salute

Removed of their rights to salute, Prince Harry and Andrew bowed their heads during the procession of the Queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall.

The Duke of York – along with Prince Harry – were told he couldn’t wear his military uniform for the service, unlike other members of the family, including King Charles III and William, the Prince of Wales.

The honour has been reserved for serving members of the royal family

Camera IconHarry and Andrew were forced to bow at the Queen’s coffin. Credit: WPA Pool/Getty Images

It was another public reminder of Andrew’s downgraded status after he was stripped of his military titles and patronages and removed from public life by the Firm for his connections to notorious paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon, Prince William, Prince of Wales, King Charles III, Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Mr Peter Phillips walk behind the coffin during the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Camera IconThe royals at a sombre procession through London for the Queen. Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Meanwhile, Harry, was banned from wearing military uniform due to his decision to step back as a senior royal and move to California with wife Megan Markle.

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A powerful image captured Charles, William and Princess Anne in a stoic salute while Harry and Andrew bowed their heads with arms alongside in respect

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: William, Prince of Wales, Prince Edward, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, react as the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrives at Westminster Hall from Buckingham Palace for her lying in state, on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Alkis Konstantinidis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Camera IconPrince William and Harry stood alongside each other at the service on Wednesday. Credit: WPA Pool/Getty Images

The coffin was draped in the Royal Standard, with the Imperial State Crown on a velvet cushion with a wreath of flowers on top, and carried on a gun carriage of King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

This week, controversial UK journalist Piers Morgan took a rare stance in support of Prince Harry, insisting he should have been allowed to wear his military uniform.

FILE - In this Saturday, May 19, 2018 file photo, Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ride in an open-topped carriage after their wedding ceremony at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, England. Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, are fulfilling their last royal commitment Monday March 9, 2020 when they appear at the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey. It is the last time they will be seen at work with the entire Windsor clan before they fly off into self-imposed exile in North America. (Aaron Chown/pool photo via AP, file)
Camera IconHarry in his military uniform at his wedding to Meghan Markle. Credit: Aaron Chown/AP

Taking to Twitter, Morgan told his 7.9 million followers the royals had made the wrong call by refusing to allow military uniforms to be worn by non-serving members of the royal family.

“Harry should be allowed to wear his military uniform. He earned it,” he said.

In response to the decision, a spokesperson for the Sussexes told how he would wear a morning suit to Monday’s funeral service.

“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 spokesperson said.

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