Prince Harry can now wear military uniform at Queen’s wake after being refused

Prince Harry will be wearing his military uniform when he attends a special vigil for Queen Elizabeth II this Saturday, Page Six has confirmed.

A source exclusively tells Page Six that Harry – who was previously told he couldn’t wear military uniform – didn’t ask for the change.

“He was just ready to wear whatever his grandmother planned. He’s focused on his honor and that’s it. If they want him to wear the uniform, I have no reason to think that ‘he won’t accept,’ our source said.

A source told the Daily Mirror, who first reported the news Thursday that it was a “ridiculous situation” in the first place.

“The Duke of Sussex has served his country and is a highly respected member of the armed forces with all he has done for veterans,” a source told the newspaper. “It’s important that the Queen’s grandchildren all feel welcome and comfortable as they mourn their beloved grandmother together.”

Prince Harry in uniform.
Prince Harry will now be allowed to wear his military uniform during a special vigil.
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The Queen’s eight grandchildren, including Prince William and Harry, are due to stand on Saturday evening for a 15-minute vigil alongside their grandmother’s coffin.

The Queen’s other grandchildren, including Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Zara and Peter Philips and Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn will also attend the vigil at Westminster Hall.

It is unclear whether Harry was also allowed to wear his military uniform for Monday’s funeral.

It was announced earlier this week that Harry and his disgraced uncle Prince Andrew would not be allowed to wear their military uniforms to the Queen’s funeral on September 19.

The Duke of Sussex, 38, was stripped of his military titles when he leave royal life in 2020 and moved to California with his wife, Meghan Markle.

Prince Andrew was forced to leave the audience life in 2019, after a disastrous BBC interview in which he defended his friendship with infamous financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and claimed he never met his sex abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre. he later spent millions of dollars to settle a civil lawsuit with Giuffre.

Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 in London, England.  The 100th anniversary of the RAF, which was founded on April 1, 1918, was marked by a Centenary Parade with the presentation of a new Queen's Color and a flypast of 100 aircraft over Buckingham Palace.
Prince Harry had a close relationship with his grandmother.
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As Page Six exclusively reported, Harry – who has completed two frontline tours in Afghanistan – was “sad” by the decision.


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Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Andrew, Duke of York follow the coffin bearing Queen Elizabeth II during the procession for Queen Elizabeth II's reclining state on September 14, 2022 in London , in England.  Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in a procession on a King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery gun carriage from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral.  Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022 and was succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
Both Prince Andrew and Prince Harry had previously been banned from wearing their military uniforms.
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“Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex will wear a morning suit at events honoring his grandmother,” a Sussex spokesperson said. said in a statement to Page Six on Tuesday.

“His decade of military service is not determined by the uniform he wears and we respectfully request that the focus remains on the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

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