Hard times for the British royal family all do not end. Now Elizabeth II will have to take an unprecedented decision to avoid another scandal. The Queen will ban senior members of the royal family to come to the funeral of Prince Philip in uniform. Thus, she will save Prince Harry from disgrace.
Contrary to tradition, Princes Harry and Andrew will not be able to wear their uniforms to the funeral. The Queen’s other children, including Prince Charles, Prince Edward and Princess Anne, as well as Harry’s older brother Prince William, will attend the ceremony in military uniform. The courtiers were concerned that this would highlight the rift in the royal family that has been emerging since Harry’s departure for the United States.
Prince Harry had hoped to appear at the funeral in the same Cavalry Regiment Royal and Blue uniform he wore to his wedding three years ago. But he won’t have that opportunity, since the queen stripped him of his honorary military titles in February. He is only allowed to wear a civilian suit and awards received during his service.
In turn, Prince Andrew has fallen into disgrace over allegations of raping underage girls. In November 2019, he had to resign his powers. After that, he stopped appearing in public and even missed his own daughter’s wedding. Despite this, Andrew demanded that he be allowed to attend the funeral in his admiral’s uniform.
Recall that on April 9, Prince Philip died at the age of 99, without living two months before his centennial. After the death of the Queen’s husband, Britain declared eight days of national mourning. The funeral is scheduled for April 17. It is expected that because of the COVID-19 pandemic they will be held without public events.