Prince Harry will not wear his military uniform to Prince Philip’s funeral after losing his official honours as a result of Megxit, it was reported today.
The Duke of Sussex returned to the UK yesterday, alone, as his wife Meghan Markle’s was warned by doctors not to travel due to her pregnancy.
Buckingham Palace have said that the Duke of Edinburgh will have a ceremonial funeral and not a state service with no public access or procession, on Saturday April 17.
Prince Harry will be in attendance to walk behind the Duke’s coffin alongside brother William but is unlikely to wear his military uniform at the official event after he was stripped of his honorary titles when he took a step back from his royal duties.
Harry’s positions as Captain General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington and Commodore-in-Chief, Small Ships and Diving were all taken away.
Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Edward are all expected to dress in their ceremonial outfits for the occasion.
Prince Andrew will not be wearing his official outfit either, instead he will be in a suit after he stepped back from public life “for the foreseeable future” in 2019 over his ties to the late convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
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However royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams thinks Harry will dress like his brother despite the role change.
He said: "Anything that distinguished the brothers in that way, which would be so obvious for anyone watching, would probably be avoided," he said.
"The whole thing we do not want is any form of rift.
"I'd suggest it would be handled in such a way as it goes totally smoothly without a hitch and no issues.
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"My opinion is that they would do everything possible to make sure that the spotlight on this very, very important day is where it should be, and that's on the truly remarkable achievements of someone with superhuman energy who did so much for the Queen and his country."
He added: "Everybody knows there is an enormous amount of speculation, whatever happens on this issue.
"Relations between the brothers, we know perfectly well, are very strained."
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But he said that hopes the funeral may bring about the “beginning of the healing process” after the "deeply damaging" Oprah interview.
"The Royal Family can come together as family, and it is certainly absolutely essential they present united front."
"Achieving that after the Oprah interview and so forth will be quite a feat, but I am sure that, given the circumstances, and given the fact that both Harry and William were devoted to their grandfather, there is a very very good chance of achieving it."
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