- Queen Elizabeth has ordered her family not to wear military uniforms during the funeral for Prince Philip
- To save her son Prince Andrew and grandson Prince Harry from embarrassment, the tradition of wearing military colours has been done away with for the ceremony
- After resigning as a senior prince, Harry was deprived of his honorary rank and may no longer appear in uniform
Queen Elizabeth has decided to excuse all family members from wearing military dress at the funeral of her husband Prince Philip, in particular to save Harry and Andrew embarrassment.
After resigning as a senior prince, Harry was deprived of his honorary rank and faced the prospect of becoming the only member of the family to be wearing a normal suit during Prince Philip's funeral.
There was also a strong Navy displeasure at being drawn into a squabble about Prince Andrew supposedly wearing an admiral's uniform, Mirror reported.
“The Queen and the rest of the family want nothing to detract from what is most important, commemorating the Duke’s remarkable life," a royal source said.
Andrew was forced to step down from all royal duties following a disastrous appearance on BBC Newsnight in November 2019. During the appearance, in which he revealed his relationship with the late convicted sex abuser Jeffrey Epstein, he was forced to step down from all royal positions.
On the other hand, both Harry and his wife Meghan Markle gave up their His and Her Royal Highness titles after splitting from the firm and agreed to stop using the term 'royal' in official correspondence. Meghan will not be attending the funeral, citing pregnancy as a reason not to take any flights.
In February 2021, they were stripped of their honorary titles by the Queen after confirming they would not return as working members of the Royal Family. It may be noted that he is still referred to as the Duke of Sussex for the funeral service, a title bestowed on him as a wedding present in 2018.
Just a few mourners from the royal family will be allowed to attend the service at Windsor Castle's St George's Chapel on Saturday, April 17.
According to laws enacted to combat the spread of the Covid-19, everyone attending a funeral must stand at least two metres away from anyone who is not a family member.
Funerals must have no more than 30 people in attendance, regardless of whether they are held indoors or outdoors, according to government guidelines that went into effect on Monday.
Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband and the Duke of Edinburgh, died on Friday, 9 April at the age of 99 years days after he was discharged from hospital.
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!