Prince Harry WILL get to wear his uniform to a special vigil for the Queen after fans raged at 'injustice'

The decision comes after Palace was heavily criticized for permitting Prince Andrew to wear the uniform and not Prince Harry

Prince Harry WILL get to wear his uniform to a special vigil for the Queen after fans raged at 'injustice'
Prince Harry was restrained from wearing the military uniform for the Queen's procession (Toby Melville- WPA Pool/Getty Images, Martin Meissner - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Prince Harry has been granted permission to wear a military uniform on Saturday, September 17, in a special tribute to Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen’s eight grandchildren, including Harry and his brother Prince William, will stand on Saturday evening in silence for a 15-minute vigil next to her coffin. 

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There were backlashes against the Royal family after allowing Prince Andrew to wear the uniform for the vigil over the majesty's coffin on Friday, September 16 along with other children. This led to further discussions on why Prince Andrew who is also no longer a working royal is given permission and not Prince Harry. 

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According to Mirror, a royal source said, “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." Further, the insider added, "It is important that the Queen's grandchildren are all made to feel welcome and comfortable as they grieve their beloved grandmother together."

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Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk as procession with the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrives at Westminster Hall from Buckingham Palace for her lying in state on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walk as a procession with the coffin of Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrive at Westminster Hall from Buckingham Palace (Phil Noble - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

On Saturday, September 17, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Zara and Peter Philips, and Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn will also be part of the guard of honor. According to DailyMail, Prince Harry and Prince Andrew are not working royals at the moment. Andrew was stripped of his military affiliations and royal patronages, including Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, in January due to sexual assault allegations made against him by Jeffrey Epstein victim Virginia Roberts.

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King Charles III, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Harry, Duke of York and Prince Andrew, Duke of York follow the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, adorned with a Royal Standard and the Imperial State Crown, arrives at the Palace of Westminster, following a procession from Buckingham Palace on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
Princess Royal, Prince Harry, Duke of York, and Prince Andrew, Duke of York were seen not in uniform for the Queen's procession from Buckingham palace to Westminister hall (Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Prince Harry was restricted as part of his agreement to step back from royal duties and move to the US with his wife Meghan Markle. The Royal family then decided that as the couple would not be returning as working members of the Royal Family, it was "not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service."

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Prince Harry arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for his wedding to Meghan Markle, on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.
Prince Harry in uniform on the day of his wedding to Meghan Markle (Markle Brian Lawless - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Omid Scobie, one of the journalists who is close to the Duke of Sussex also tweeted, "𝐔𝐏𝐃𝐀𝐓𝐄: In a dramatic u-turn, palace officials have informed Prince Harry that he CAN wear his military uniform at a final vigil. On Saturday evening, Harry will join seven other grandchildren at Westminster Hall to stand in silence for 15 minutes by the Queen’s coffin."

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"I hope he chooses to remain in his suit"

Social media was quick to respond to this decision of the Royal family. A user tweeted, "As the only royal to see combat in 30 years, it’s an absolute shame that he wasn’t allowed up to this point while all the other men effectively marched around in Halloween costumes." Another tweet read, "I hope he chooses to remain in his suit." Another user opined, "All this proves is that these decisions have NOTHING to do with traditions and protocols. They make the rules up as they go along based on spite, pettiness, and public reaction." 

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A user said, "The right decision. He has served more than the others have and should have every right to wear his uniform with pride." Another tweet stated, "It's the right thing to do. I wish the Palace would do so, without backlash prompting them to change their minds."

However, there were some that still felt Harry does not need to wear the uniform. A tweet read, "Thats wrong. No non serving veteran can wear military uniform in public. Some senior royals have positions as ceremonial heads of the various armed services. No veteran at the cenotaph can wear their uniform. No 90 year old poppy seller can either. What makes Harry so different?"

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