Senior royals have had a change of heart and are now allowing Prince Harry to wear a military uniform for his grandmother’s last wake after all.
BAZAAR.com has learned that Buckingham Palace officials have informed Prince Harry that he can wear his military uniform at Queen Elizabeth II’s final vigil. On Saturday evening, he will join his royal family in Westminster Hall to stand in silence for 15 minutes in front of the Queen’s coffin.
His funeral will take place two days later, on Monday, September 19.
The decision comes later BAZAAR reported that the palace did not allow the Duke of Sussex to wear the uniform during mourning ceremonies for the late monarch, including her funeral, as formal dress is reserved for serving members of the royal family. At the time, the news came as a shock, as Harry served in the British Army for 10 years, and Prince Andrew, who is no longer a member of the royal family, was granted early permission to wear the uniform to her mother’s wake.
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A Sussex representative said BAZAAR royal contributor Omid Scobie at the time, “Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex will wear a morning suit throughout events honoring his grandmother. His decade of military service is not determined by the uniform he he wears, and we respectfully request that the focus remain on the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”
The rep added that Harry would be wearing a mourning costume instead.
Still, it appears the palace has since gone back to its original decision, and Harry will wear his military uniform this weekend, alongside his brother Prince William and father King Charles III, to honor his well-behaved grandmother. loved.
“Grandma, as this latest parting brings us great sadness, I am eternally grateful for all of our first encounters – from my earliest childhood memories with you, to your first encounter as Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and embraced your beloved great-grandchildren,” Harry wrote in his tribute to the Queen after her death last Thursday. “I cherish those times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between. We already miss you dearly, not just us, but the world. And when it comes to first encounters, we now honor my dad in his new role as King Charles III.”