Why wasn’t Prince Harry in military uniform but Prince William was

Why wasn’t Prince Harry in military uniform but Prince William was

LONDON, SEPTEMBER 19: Prince William, Prince of Wales and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex follow a hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England.  Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her father, King George VI.  Queen Elizabeth II died at Ballymore Castle in Scotland on 8 September 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.  (Photo by Emilio Morenatti - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex follow a carriage carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II. (Getty Images)

King Charles and senior members of the Royal Family accompanied the Queen’s coffin on its final procession through London during the funeral ceremonies.

While Charles and the Prince of Wales were dressed in military uniform, Prince Harry was in mourning, despite having served two tours of duty in Afghanistan while in the Army.

The Duke of York was also in civilian clothes, despite having served in the Royal Navy as a helicopter pilot and as an instructor and warship captain.

The protocol surrounding the dress code has been a high-profile talking point for some of the royals during the mourning period.

Why wasn’t Harry in uniform

Harry, Duke of Sussex, served 10 years in the army, including two tours in Afghanistan, and has been seen wearing military uniform at public events before.

Prince William was commissioned as a lieutenant in the army and served for five months as the leader of an armored reconnaissance unit based in Dorset.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and William, Prince of Wales, attend the state funeral and burial of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in London, Britain, September 19, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool

Prince Harry and Prince William during the Queen’s funeral procession. (Reuters)

He also spent two years working as a helicopter pilot for the RAF Search and Rescue force and later with the East Anglian Air Hospital but never saw active combat.

But when it came time to appear behind the Queen’s coffin during her funeral procession, Prince William was given the right to wear military uniform but Prince Harry was not.

That is because only working members of the Royal Family are allowed to wear military uniforms when attending public events to commemorate the Queen.

This dismayed Harry and Prince Andrew.

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(from left) the Prince of Wales, King Charles III, the Princess Royal and the Duke of Sussex carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, encased in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and Sovereign's orb and sceptre, after the State Gun Carriage, in the Ceremonial Procession during his State Funeral at Westminster Abbey, London.  Picture date: Monday, September 19, 2022.

Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin is carried by the Prince of Wales, King Charles III, the Princess Royal and the Duke of Sussex after the State Gun Carriage. (LI)

Harry lost his honorary military titles when he stepped down as a working royal in 2020.

Andrew was removed in early 2022 amid the scandal surrounding his relationship with billionaire pedophile Jeffery Epstein.

The Duke of Sussex retains the current rank of captain but lost the title of Captain General of the Royal Marines after leaving the Royal Family.

As the funeral procession passed the Gobchan in central London, members of the Royal family in uniform approached the monument, while those in civilian dress bowed their heads.

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TOPSHOT - Britain's King Charles III, Britain's Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Britain's Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex arrive at Westminster Abbey in London on September 19, 2022, for a State Funeral Service for Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.  - Leaders from around the world will attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.  The country's longest-serving monarch, who died aged 96 after 70 years on the throne, will be honored with a state funeral on Monday morning at Westminster Abbey.  (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP) (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)

The Queen’s children arrive at Westminster Abbey for the Queen’s funeral. (Getty Images)

While there is speculation that Harry is unhappy at being denied the right to wear a military uniform, a spokesman for the Duke last week denied it.

The spokesman said that the Duke “will wear a morning suit during the events in honor of his grandmother”.

“It is not the uniform he wears that determines his ten years of military service, and we respectfully ask that the focus be on the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II.”

Prince Harry was allowed to wear a military uniform when he was watching over his grandmother's fund.  (AP)

Prince Harry was allowed to wear a military uniform when he was watching over his grandmother’s fund. (AP)

Harry was allowed to wear military uniform during his grandchildren’s vigil for the Queen on Saturday at her birth – just like Prince Andrew.

However, there were reports that he was upset after the initials ER – traditionally worn by those in the monarch’s service – were removed from the epaulets on his uniform.

Why was Prince Andrew made an exception at the birth?

Although Andrew has mostly been seen in civilian clothes during the Queen’s public events, he was given an exception for the Queen’s final vigil in Westminster Hall on Friday night.

Known as the Princes’ Watch, all the Queen’s children stood watching over her coffin at the end of her life.

King Charles III, the Earl of Wessex and the Duke of York keep vigil by the coffin of their mother, Queen Elizabeth II, as it lies on the catafalque in Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster, London.  Picture date: Friday September 16, 2022.

The Earl of Wessex, the Duke of York and King Charles keep a vigil beside the Queen as she lies in state on the catafalque in Westminster Hall. (LI)

The exception is believed to have been made for Andrew as a “mark of special respect” for the Queen – a decision which sparked a backlash among those angry that the disgraced Duke of York was being given the honor despite his royal status. titles stripped in shame.

King Charles uniform

The King wore tail No. 1 of the Royal Navy with sword, collar of the Order of the Garter, Order of the Valiant, order of the Neck of the Order of Merit, Star of the Garter and Star of the Thistle.

He also wore full size medals including the Queen’s Service Order (New Zealand), Coronation Medal, Silver Jubilee Medal, Golden Jubilee Medal, Diamond Jubilee Medal, Platinum Jubilee Medal and Naval Service Good Conduct (LSGC) (through x Additional Crop Service).

Other medals included the Canadian Forces Decoration (with x Extra Service Bar), the New Zealand Commemorative Medal, and the New Zealand Armed Forces Award.

Charles had a six-year military career, mainly flying for the Royal Navy.

Prince William’s uniform

The Prince of Wales wore RAF uniform No. 1 with the Garter Sash with the RAF Pilot’s Wing and the Garter Star Chest Order.

He also wore Gold, Diamond and Platinum Jubilee Medals.

William served seven years in the military, including more than three years as a search and rescue pilot.

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