Prince Harry, Andrew called ‘Kardashians’ as Queen bans military uniforms at Philip funeral to keep them happy
'Squabbling over who wears what to a funeral is more what you’d expect from the Kardashians rather than the Windsors,' commentator Polly Hudson wrote
Prince Harry and Prince Andrew have been compared to the “Kardashians” by a Daily Mirror columnist after Queen Elizabeth II had to step in to stop her grandson and son from wearing their uniforms for Prince Philip’s funeral on April 17. The Duke of Sussex worked for ten years in the British Army, getting the rank of Captain before resigning in 2015; he was also honored with three additional titles, that of Lieutenant Commander, Major, and Squadron Leader, in 2018 at the time of his wedding with Meghan Markle.
But he is not eligible to wear the official uniform to the funeral as he was stripped of those titles after he decided to step down from royal duties.
Andrew on the other hand has stepped back from royal duties but has not been stripped of his military titles.
Royal columnist Polly Hudson wrote in Daily Mirror that the Queen “must have been stifling an eye-roll, struggling to hold in a ‘Really?’ when she was dragged into a petty row about outfits this week.” She continued, “Squabbling over who wears what to a funeral is more what you’d expect from the Kardashians rather than the Windsors. And yet, here one is. The Queen has just lost her husband of 73 years, and was back at work four days later. She faces the ordeal of a public funeral when surely, if she had any choice in the matter, common sense decrees that she would prefer to say goodbye to Prince Phillip in private, without the eyes of the world on her. However, duty before self. And so, as always, on she will undoubtedly go.”
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“If Harry was banned from wearing this, because he technically no longer had the right to, he would be the only senior royal not in uniform. He would stand out like an even sorer thumb than he’s going to anyway. Awks,” Hudson said, while adding: “And then, taking awks to a whole new level, the problem of Andrew. He’s stepped back from public duties, but not officially been stripped of any military titles.”
The Duke of York is alleged to have ties with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide in August 2019. The columnist stated, “The rank that Andrew had reached in the Navy when he retired in 2001 was Commander. He was made an honorary Vice-Admiral in 2015 and was due to be made a full honorary Admiral on his 60th birthday in 2020, but obviously those plans were quickly shelved. So what did Andrew reportedly want to wear to his father’s funeral on Saturday? The full Admiral get up.”
Hudson noted, “A position he hadn’t earned, even honorarily. It would make just as much sense for him to rock up in a Superman costume, or an Elsa from Frozen dress. And so, the poor old Queen apparently had to step in. She is said to have made the decision that no royals will wear military uniform ‘in order to present a united family front’.”
“Now the male royals will be wearing mourning suits, so they will look like the Men In Black. Maybe they will have those memory erasing sticks, too. Let’s hope so. Despite the Queen’s very best efforts, that’s the only way anyone would believe this family is united,” she concluded.