Prince Harry will wear a military uniform for a Saturday evening vigil for his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away last week at the age of 96. This week, Prince Harry was spotted in civilian attire.
Prince Andrew, the younger son of the queen, and Prince Harry, the younger son of King Charles III and the late Princess Diana, donned black suits while other members of the royal family wore uniforms on Wednesday, drawing attention to the question of who wore what.
Because neither was categorized as a working royal, neither was granted the luxury of wearing a uniform, according to palace authorities.
In 2020, Harry retired from royal family activities and relocated to California with his bride, Meghan Markle.
Andrew was deprived of his royal responsibilities by his mother due to his involvement in a now-settled case in which he was accused of having sex with a trafficked teenage girl.
Andrew was granted permission to wear his uniform at a vigil for the queen on Friday evening, which will be attended by her four children. Many, notably pundit Piers Morgan, criticized the decision since Harry had fought two combat deployments in Afghanistan.
If disgraced Prince Andrew is allowed to wear a uniform to honour the Queen, then so should Prince Harry be able to.
My take: https://t.co/rXtPEvCwcb
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 14, 2022
Friday, Harry received permission to wear his uniform on Saturday, according to the British newspaper Mirror.
A royal source told the outlet, “Common sense has prevailed. It was a ludicrous situation given the Duke of Sussex has served his country and is a highly respected member of the armed forces with everything he has done for veterans.” The source referred to the title carried by Harry.
“It is important that the Queen’s grandchildren are all made to feel welcome and comfortable as they grieve their beloved grandmother together,” the source said.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 15, 2022
“This is purely as a mark of respect for the Duke’s late grandmother, who wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Her Majesty always stood for harmony and unity and this is a just decision,” a royal source told the Mirror.
The New York Post’s Page Six said it was told by an unnamed source that Harry did not ask for the change.
“He was simply prepared to wear whatever his grandmother made plans for. He’s focused on honoring her and that’s it. If they’d like him in uniform, I have no reason to think that he won’t oblige,” the source was quoted as saying.
Earlier in the week, multiple outlets published a statement from a representative for the prince.
“[Prince Harry] will wear a morning suit throughout events honoring his grandmother,” the statement said. “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.”
Omid Scobie, who wrote a biography of Harry and Meghan, said royal officials “caved to public sentiment,” according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail.
Saturday’s scripted vigil calls for Prince William, Princess Diana’s elder son, to stand at the head of the coffin with Harry at the foot. The queen’s other grandchildren also will attend, according to CBS News.
Elizabeth’s funeral will be held on Monday. It was unclear whether Harry or Andrew will be allowed to wear a uniform then.