A Sussex spokesperson said: “[ Prince Harry ] will wear a morning suit throughout events honouring 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”, according to royal commentator and author Omid Scobie.
Yesterday it was reported how Prince Harry was reportedly denied the chance to wear military uniform as he mourns the Queen, even though his disgraced uncle Prince Andrew will be permitted to do so at a lying in state vigil.
Harry in military uniform alongside his grandmother the Queen during Trooping the Colour in 2013 – Getty Images
Only working royals – which Harry and Andrew are not – are being permitted to dress in uniform at five ceremonial occasions.
These are the St Giles’ Cathedral service in Edinburgh, which took place earlier where Andrew wore a morning suit, and the coffin’s procession to Westminster Hall, the vigil at the lying in state, the funeral in Westminster Abbey and the committal service in Windsor.
However, Andrew, who stepped down from public life after the furore over his friendship with paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein and later had his honorary titles stripped, will be wearing uniform for the final vigil around the Queen’s coffin during the lying in state in Westminster Hall.
The Cambridges and Sussexes reunited to meet people at Windsor Image: Getty Images
Meghan and Harry pet a Labrador puppy at Windsor Castle – Sarah Gracie
He is being allowed to wear it as a special mark of respect for his later mother- but not on the other occasions.
It is likely to be a bitter blow for ex-solder Harry, who is proud of his decade in the forces, and who was saddened after being stripped of his honorary military roles including Captain General of the Royal Marines by the Queen post-Megxit.
A source confirmed Harry – whose rank is a captain – would not be in uniform for any events.
Harry lost his honorary military titles after deciding to step down as a senior working royal with wife Meghan in 2020.
Prince Harry has broken his silence on not wearing military uniform for Queen’s funeral – POOL/AFP via Getty Images
At the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April 2021, the issue of uniform was dealt with by the Queen who decided that no members of the Royal Family should wear uniform. It was a break with tradition but seen as the most eloquent solution to a host of problems.
Reports had suggested Andrew was considering wearing the uniform of an admiral. He was due to be promoted to Admiral in 2020 to mark his 60th birthday but this did not go ahead following the fallout from his disastrous Newsnight appearance.
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Harry in military uniform alongside his grandmother the Queen during Trooping the Colour in 2013 – GETTY Images