Prince Harry 'banned' from donning military attire at Queen's final vigil but disgraced Prince Andrew is ALLOWED
Journalist Omid Scobie confirmed that while Prince Andrew will don his naval attire for the Westminster Hall vigil, Harry has been 'banned' from wearing his uniform
LONDON, ENGLAND: King Charles III's son Prince Harry has reportedly been banned from wearing military uniform at the final vigil for Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall. Meanwhile, the disgraced Prince Andrew will reportedly be allowed to don his uniform "as a special mark of respect" for his late mother.
The Duke of York was stripped of his titles by the Queen and exiled from public life over his friendship with pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein, and for the civil sex assault case against him. But he will be allowed to wear his naval outfit for one of the ceremonial events this week but not for all the other ones. Royal insiders have claimed that Andrew, a former Royal Navy officer who served in the Falklands War and has retained his rank as a Vice Admiral, will be allowed to wear his uniform as a tribute to his mother at her final vigil in Westminster Hall.
Omid Scobie, the journalist spokesperson, friend and biographer for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, claimed that Harry, who served two tours in Afghanistan, has been banned from wearing his uniform at all events including the Westminster Hall vigil. "I understand that, unlike Prince Andrew, Prince Harry will NOT be allowed to wear uniform at the final vigil in Westminster Hall," Scobie tweeted. "No doubt a huge blow for the Duke of Sussex, who served for 10 years and this morning spoke of the Queen being his 'commander-in-chief.'"
CONFIRMED: I understand that, unlike Prince Andrew at final vigil, Prince Harry will NOT be allowed to wear uniform at any ceremonial events . No doubt a huge blow for the Duke of Sussex, who served for 10 years and this morning spoke of the Queen being his “commander-in-chief”.— Omid Scobie (@scobie) September 12, 2022
Andrew was forced to give up his HRH status and stripped of all his honorary military titles, including Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, over his notorious friendship with Epstein and allegations by one of the latter's "sex slaves" Virginia Roberts that the royal sexually abused her when she was still a minor. Those claims snowballed into a lawsuit that was followed by a multi-million-pound out-of-court settlement, albeit the Duke of York has vehemently denied the allegations.
Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan were also stripped of their titles after they stepped down as working royals and moved from the UK to California. The duo then went on to make a series of shocking allegations against the royal family, including claims of racism against Meghan and her unborn son Archie by an unnamed senior royal. The controversy notably plunged the monarchy into one of its most damaging crises in recent history, after the death of Princess Diana 'shook' the monarchy.
According to the Daily Mail, working members of The Firm will wear uniforms when present at five ceremonial events during the period of mourning the Queen. This includes the service of thanksgiving at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh, the procession to Westminster Hall and service of prayer and reflection, the Vigil at Westminster Hall, followed by next Monday's state funeral at Westminster Abbey and the committal service at St George's Chapel in Windsor.
Harry recently released an emotional statement promising to "honor" his father as the new King and paid tribute to his grandmother's "everlasting legacy." He said, "You are already sorely missed, not just by us, but by the world over." The Duke recalled his "special moments" with the late monarch, including "the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren." He also referenced his grandfather, the late Duke of Edinburgh, saying, "We, too, smile knowing that you and grandpa are reunited now, and both together in peace."