Prince Harry Will Get to Wear His Military Uniform to the Queen's Funeral, After All

Harry served in the Royal Army for 10 years.

Update Sept. 16, 2022: Prince Harry will, in fact, be allowed to wear his military uniform as he stands watch of his grandmother's casket, CNN reports. On Saturday evening, Prince William, now the the Prince of Wales, will stand at the head of the coffin. Harry will stand at its foot for a 15-minute vigil, according to sources. At King Charles's request, both of his sons will be in military uniform.

The vigil will also include Zara Tindall and Peter Philips, who will stand beside William, and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, who are set to accompany Harry. Prince Edward's children, Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn, will also participate alongside their family members.

Previously: In the wake of Queen Elizabeth II's death, eagle-eyed royal watchers noticed that an official announcement was made stating that Prince Harry would not be attending the upcoming funeral and the proceeding events in full military uniform like his father, King Charles III, even though the Duke of Sussex is a military veteran. According to an official statement from the Sussexes, Harry isn't bothered by not being permitted to wear his military regalia and hopes that the attention at the funeral will be on the queen, not him and what he is or isn't allowed to wear.

"Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, will wear a mourning suit throughout events honoring his grandmother," a statement from Harry's spokesperson read, according to Entertainment Tonight. "His decade of military service is not determined by the uniform he wears, and we respectfully ask that focus remain on the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II."

Harry served in the Royal Army for a decade. During his service, he rose to the rank of captain and went on two tours of duty in Afghanistan.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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ET notes thatafter Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, stepped down as senior members of the royal family in 2020, they lost a few of their privileges. Harry relinquished his honorary military appointments as part of the process.

"That's been a tough pill to swallow, and one that has been the most painful for [his wife] Meghan [Markle] to witness him go through," a source close to Meghan and Harry said in Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand's book, Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of the Modern Royal Family. "It's the one that made Harry emotional."

In the book, the authors wrote about a public event where Harry mentioned the situation, saying to a major that he was upset. "I am devastated that I am having to step down," he said.

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