The Full Story Behind Prince Harry's Military Uniform Snub at the Queen's Funeral

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Prince Harry issues statement regarding his military service and uniform.

Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral will be held on Monday, but only working members of the royal family will be permitted to wear military uniforms.

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This means that Prince Harry—who stepped down as a senior royal in 2020—and his uncle Prince Andrew—who was stripped of his military titles in the wake of allegations that he sexually abused a 17-year-old victim of trafficking—won’t be wearing any of their military regalia.

Harry spent 10 years in the British army. His father King Charles III and his brother Prince William will step out in traditional military garb at the funeral, as will his aunt Princess Anne and uncle Prince Edward.

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This perceived "snub" toward the Duke of Sussex became so controversial that Harry was compelled to issue a statement via his spokesperson.

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They said that Harry will wear a morning suit at the funeral for his grandmother and went on, “His decade of military service is not determined by the uniform he wears and we respectfully ask that focus remain on the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

Harry was also banned from wearing a uniform at his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral last year.

Today, he will walk behind the queen’s coffin alongside his father and brother as it is transported to the Palace of Westminster. There, the queen will lie in state for four days, with millions of people expected to file past her coffin before her funeral.

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