Who decides who wears a navy uniform within the U.Okay.?
Buckingham Palace introduced solely working members of the royal household can be allowed to put on a navy uniform throughout the funeral and different ceremonial occasions main as much as it.
Harry, the Duke of Sussex, and Andrew, the Duke of York, are each now not senior members of the royal household for various causes, and can subsequently be sporting morning gown throughout the ceremony Monday and the opposite occasions throughout the mourning interval.
Nonetheless, Buckingham Palace reportedly determined to grant Harry an exception, permitting him to put on his navy apparel for the 15-minute vigil to be held on the queen’s lying-in-state in Westminster Corridor on Saturday, for her grandchildren.
The choice got here following public backlash to the information that Andrew was granted approval to put on the apparel at one other vigil alongside his three siblings Friday “as a particular mark of request” to his late mom.
This would be the first time Harry has performed so following his step again from royal duties in 2020, according to the BBC.
The exception was not made at Harry’s request, HuffPost has realized.
A spokesperson for Harry referred to as for folks to give attention to the legacy of his grandmother slightly than his gown.
“Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex will put on a morning swimsuit all through occasions honouring his grandmother,” a spokesperson for Harry advised HuffPost on Tuesday.
“His decade of navy service shouldn’t be decided by the uniform he wears and we respectfully ask that focus stay on the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” the spokesperson added.
Each Harry and Andrew wore morning suits whereas strolling within the procession that adopted the queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday.
Throughout Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021, senior royals determined to all skip sporting navy apparel to reportedly keep away from stirring controversy over what Prince Harry and Andrew can be sporting, according to The Guardian.
Why would Harry and Andrew be wearing navy uniforms?
Each Harry and Andrew are navy veterans.
Prince Harry served within the British Military for over 10 years, throughout which he accomplished two excursions in Afghanistan.
Prince Andrew served within the Royal Navy for 22 years, and was a helicopter pilot within the Falklands Struggle.
Within the U.Okay., retired navy veterans usually are not allowed to put on a uniform until they’ve been granted an honorary title and have been permitted to put on one, versus the U.S., the place veterans typically don navy apparel for particular occasions, according to CNN.
Two of the queen’s kids, Princess Anne and Prince Edward, neither of which has served within the navy, each have honorary titles permitting them to put on navy uniforms.
Edward, the Earl of Wessex, joined the Royal Marines in 1986 however withdrew from the service after 4 months of coaching, according to the British news site i.
Why are Harry and Andrew now not working members of the royal household?
Following the choice by Harry and Meghan to step again from the royal household, Buckingham Palace announced “the honorary navy appointments and Royal patronages held by The Duke and Duchess will subsequently be returned to Her Majesty, earlier than being redistributed amongst working members of the Royal Household.”
Harry and Meghan nonetheless pledged to proceed their dedication to public service regardless of shifting to California.
Andrew stepped again from his royal duties in 2019, following a BBC “Newsnight” interview, during which he didn’t condemn convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein or present empathy for his survivors, and denied ever assembly Virginia Giuffre, who later introduced a civil case towards Andrew alleging he sexually assaulted her when she was a minor.
In the beginning of this yr, the duke was stripped of his navy affiliations and royal patronages with the queen’s approval, the palace announced.
The foremost announcement got here a day after a federal decide in New York denied his movement to dismiss Giuffre’s lawsuit. The 2 sides ended up agreeing to a settlement for an undisclosed quantity in February.