Prince Harry uniform row ‘ludicrous’ says Myers
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Prince Harry, who saw action on the front line during two tours of duty in Afghanistan, will be in civilian dress for official events including the late monarch’s state funeral. Only working royals – which Harry and Prince Andrew are not – are being permitted to dress in uniform on five ceremonial occasions. The Daily Mail’s Richard Eden has since claimed people can expect to “hear more about” the uniform ban when Harry returns to California.
Speaking to Palace Confidential on Mailplus, Mr Eden said: “This decision by the King about the uniforms is a big one.
“Prince Harry and Meghan’s admirers are absolutely furious about it. They think it’s outrageous.
“I think it’s fair to say that when they return to California, we might be hearing more about this.”
These 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.
But an exception has been made for Andrew who will wear a uniform as a “special mark of respect” for the Queen when he stands guard around her coffin during the Vigil of the Princes.
It comes as Harry was stripped of his military titles after he stepped down as a senior working royal to move to LA with Meghan Markle in 2021.
The Duke of Sussex held the titles Captain-General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Force Commandant of the Royal Air Force Base Honington.
He was also Honorary Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Naval Commands’ Small Ships and Diving.
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According to the book Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, Harry was devastated by the loss of the roles.
Mr Scobie and Ms Durand wrote: “Harry’s lifelong commitment to the military was why the Mountbatten Festival of Music three days later was a particularly difficult moment; he was set to wear his Captain-General of the Royal Marines uniform for the very last time.
“During a conversation backstage, on arrival, Harry told Major General Matthew Holmes; ‘I’m devastated that I am having to step down.’
“‘It was so unnecessary’, Meghan later told a friend of the decision to strip Harry of his military honours.”
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Harry recalled the sweet memory of how his “Commander-in-Chief” Granny made him smile and blush during his Sandhurst passing out parade.
The Queen, who was head of the Armed Forces, inspected the rows of new cadets when Harry was commissioned as an officer in the British Army in 2006.
In his written tribute to the late monarch on Monday, Harry described their “first meeting” in his earliest military role.
“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,” he said.
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