Will Prince Harry Wear His Military Uniform to King Charles' Coronation? What We Know So Far
Prince Harry confirmed that he will attend King Charles III's coronation solo, leaving Meghan Markle, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet stateside—but it hasn't been confirmed whether the Duke of Sussex will rock military garb for the event.
The Telegraph reported on Friday that Harry will not be permitted to wear a military uniform to Saturday's festivities because he is no longer a working royal.
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Sources told the outlet that Harry will wear a morning suit to the events. They also claimed that Harry didn't make any requests regarding his attire and was happy to wear whatever was requested.
Prince Harry will reportedly leave the festivities shortly after their conclusion to get home in time to celebrate Prince Archie's fourth birthday in California.
Prince Harry's coronation attire has been a hot subject of speculation since it was announced he'd attend.
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There was a slew of controversy over whether Harry would be able to wear his military regalia to Queen Elizabeth II's funeral in September 2022.
It was initially ruled that he wouldn't be allowed to wear his uniform, despite serving a decade in the military, since he wasn't a working royal. (You'll remember the infamous Sussexit of early 2020, when he and wife Duchess Meghan stepped down and moved to Canada, then eventually settled in Montecito, California.)
At the time, a Sussex spokesperson said, “[Prince Harry] will wear a morning suit throughout events honouring [sic] his grandmother. 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.”
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However, Charles reportedly had an about-face in the 11th hour and granted him and Prince Andrew—who was stripped of his military titles after allegations of sexually abusing a 17-year-old Jeffrey Epstein trafficking victim — special permission to wear their regalia "as a special mark of respect" to the late Queen, The Telegraph reported.
It is expected that Prince Harry's "archenemy" brother and heir apparent Prince William will likely wear a military uniform and that Charles may wear one under his coronation robes.