Prince Harry Wears Military Medals to Queen Elizabeth’s Procession After Uniform Snub
Prince Harry has worn his honorific awards near to his heart.
On September 14, the Duke of Sussex wore his service medals on the chest of his suit as he walked alongside brother Prince William, father King Charles III, and other royals behind Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin. Harry was not permitted to wear his military uniform at any of the regular events preceding the Queen’s funeral as a non-working member of the royal family.
In reaction to the rule, the 37-year-old said he wants to keep the emphasis on remembering the late British queen.
“Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, will wear a morning suit throughout festivities commemorating his grandmother,” his spokeswoman told E! News on Sept. 13. “His decade of military service is not dictated by the uniform he wears, and we humbly request that the attention stays on Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s life and legacy.”
Harry, who retired from royal duties with their wife Meghan Markle in early 2020, served in the Army for ten years, including two tours in Afghanistan (The first being from 2007-2008 and the second from 2012 to 2013).
Despite the fact that Harry’s uncle, Prince Andrew, is also a non-working member of the royal family, a representative for King Charles has stated that Andrew will be allowed to wear his uniform as a “special symbol of respect for the Queen at the final vigil.”
The Duke of Sussex spoke to mourners outside Windsor Castle on September 8, two days after his grandmother died. In his message to the audience, Harry stated, “Without her, it’s a lonely place up there. We sensed her presence in every room she was in.”