Prince Harry was allowed to wear his military uniform in a special vigil. However, there was something missing in his uniform that reportedly made him think of just wearing a mourning suit, according to a report.
Prince Harry Was Reportedly Heartbroken After Queen's Initials Were Stripped Off His Uniform
Queen Elizabeth's eight grandchildren, including Prince William and Prince Harry, held a somber 15-minute vigil by her coffin inside Westminster Hall Saturday. King Charles' two sons were both dressed in military uniform as they stood at either end of their grandmother's coffin.
However, Meghan Markle's husband was allegedly "devastated" because the Queen's "ER" initials were removed from the shoulder of his military uniform during the vigil. However, Prince Andrew was allowed to keep the royal cypher in his uniform, Daily Mail reported.
The outlet added that due to the change in his uniform, the 38-year-old royal thought of wearing a morning suit to avoid embarrassment.
The Duke of Sussex's despair was reportedly centered on his disgraced uncle because Prince Andrew, just like him is no longer a working royal, but was allowed to retain the Queen's initials in his vice-admiral uniform when he joined his siblings at a special vigil Friday night.
"He is heartbroken. To remove his grandmother’s initials feels very intentional," a source told The Sunday Times.
The outlet noted that the "ER" initials are traditionally only worn by those who are still "in service" of the monarch. So, the absence of the cypher is down to dress regulations and not a direct snub to Markle's husband.
Prince Harry Was Initially Not Allowed To Wear His Military Uniform During The Queen's Funeral
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have joined the royal family's mourning since the Queen died. They have been in the United Kingdom days before Her Majesty passed away. However, Prince Harry was too late to bid his last goodbye to his grandmother.
Initially, he was not allowed to wear his military uniform because Prince Harry is not a working royal. The decision raised several eyebrows, but the royal who served in the military for 10 years did not argue and wanted to let the people focus on the Queen's legacy.
"[Prince Harry] will wear a morning suit throughout events honoring 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," his spokesperson told Omid Scobie, the co-author of "Finding Freedom."
However, the palace announced that Prince Harry would be allowed to wear his uniform in a special vigil involving the Queen's grandchildren after Prince Harry released his statement about the issue.
"UPDATE: In a dramatic u-turn, palace officials have informed Prince Harry that he CAN wear his military uniform at a final vigil. On Saturday evening, Harry will join seven other grandchildren at Westminster Hall to stand in silence for 15 minutes by the Queen’s coffin," Scobie tweeted, reacting to the change.
Stay tuned for more news and updates about Prince Harry.