Prince Harry will get the chance to wear a military uniform for a vigil Queen Elizabeth II The days following complaints that Prince Andrew Buckingham Palace confirmed that he was given preferential treatment.
The Duke of Sussex served two tours on the front line in Afghanistan, where he saw work as a gunner in an Apache helicopter.
However, initial funeral plans prevented him from wearing his military uniform as he was no longer a member of the royal family.
The same policy was applied to Prince Andrew, and only the disgraced Duke of York was given the opportunity to don his uniform to a vigil reserved for the Queen’s children only on Friday, September 16, at 7.30pm UK time.
The Daily Mirror reported on September 15 that Prince Harry He will be allowed to wear his uniform at a separate vigil for Elizabeth’s grandchildren on Saturday, September 17, and the palace confirmed the return on September 16.
Broadcaster Peter Hunt, former BBC “The status quo of Prince Andrew in uniform at a vigil with his brothers – and Prince Harry denied the same opportunity – was simply unacceptable,” the royal family’s correspondent wrote on Twitter.
The Queen’s eight grandchildren will hold a 15-minute vigil around her coffin in Westminster Hall, with Prince WilliamVisit Tindall and Peter Phillips in the front, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie in the back.
Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, both sons of Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, will go in the middle.
in column the sun On September 14, Morgan wrote: “I am not a fan of Prince Harry, to put it mildly. I believe his behavior since leaving Britain and royal duty has been eerily selfish, greedy and harmful to the monarchy.”
“But the one thing I will never hold a grudge against is the right to be properly respected for his military service which included two tours in Afghanistan.
“And I do not think it is right to prevent him from wearing his uniform on occasions to commemorate the death of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.”
The perception that Andrew was receiving preferential treatment led to a backlash against the ruling, with many citing Virginia Joffrey’s allegations that he raped her when she was 17 Jeffrey Epstein A victim of sex trafficking. Andrew denied the allegations and settled out of court without admitting responsibility.
Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, author This is the reason for my resistance A prominent British commentator NEWSWEEKIt’s an unfortunate double standard here.
“Prince Andrew has been stripped of all his honorary military titles due to the disgrace he brought to the Royal Navy and Royal family Following the accusations of Virginia Joffrey of sexual assault.
“Prince Harry served with distinction. Served in the Army with distinction and rose through the ranks. He made two tours in Afghanistan. He continues to work with veterans and promotes support for wounded men and women.”
However, there were also comparisons with working members of the royal family, whose military careers were less well known than Harry’s.
For example, Prince Edward is allowed to wear a military uniform adorned with medals related to his honorary military titles despite the fact that he left the Royal Marines without completing training.
None of his medals relate to active duty or any military deployment, although he has been honored in recognition of the Queen’s many jubilees and has a number of commemorative medals.
Royal biographer Omid Scobie wrote on Twitter: “In a dramatic turn, palace officials have informed Prince Harry that he can wear his military uniform for one last vigil.
“Saturday evening, Harry will join seven other grandchildren in Westminster Hall to stand in silence for 15 minutes next to the Queen’s coffin.”
Disputes over Harry and Andrew’s uniforms date back to Prince Philip’s funeral when there were initial suggestions that Andrew might try to appear in an admiral’s uniform despite not having the rank.
A spokesperson for Harry issued a statement earlier this week seeking to ease tensions over the dress code issue and turn attention back to the Queen.
It read: “Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex will wear a morning suit throughout events in honor of his grandmother. His contract of military service is not determined by the dress he wears and we respectfully request that the focus remain on the life and legacy of Her Majesty.” Queen Elizabeth II.”