Because of questions over whether Prince Harry and Prince Andrew should wear military uniforms to her husband’s funeral, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has stepped in to resolve a dispute about what senior royals should wear.
Prince Philip died last week at the age of 99, and his funeral will be held on Saturday at Windsor Castle.
Members of the royal family have traditionally worn military uniforms to such formal occasions, which also represent the honorary titles they carry.
However, British newspapers report that there have been behind-the-scenes discussions about what the queen’s son Andrew and grandson Harry should wear.
Harry, 36, the Duke of Sussex, quit all his royal duties and lost all his military patronages in January after moving to Los Angeles with wife Meghan and son Archie, but wanted to wear the dress uniform he wore for his wedding day. Andrew, 61, the Duke of York, stepped away from official engagements because of his “ill-judged” association with the late disgraced U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein.
According to reports, he wanted to attend the funeral in the uniform of an admiral, an honorary rank he was awarded to commemorate his 60th birthday, but he postponed it until his return to public life.
The fact that the two royals were the only ones to have seen active service, Harry in Afghanistan and Andrew in the 1982 Falkland Islands war, exacerbated the situation. The fact that the two royals were the only ones to have seen active service, Harry in Afghanistan and Andrew in the 1982 Falkland Islands war, exacerbated the situation. Buckingham Palace refused to comment on the news, but the Daily Mail reported that the 94-year-old queen had now announced that all royals should wear mourning suits to prevent embarrassment.