Prince Harry could be ONLY senior royal not in uniform at Prince Philip's funeral – and Queen has final decision
PRINCE Harry could be the only senior royal not in uniform at Prince Philip's funeral – but the Queen will make the final decision.
The Duke of Sussex is likely to wear a suit for the service on Saturday after he was stripped of his honorary military titles in Megxit.
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It means Harry, who is a former Captain with the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals), is only allowed to wear a morning suit with medals – unless officials can find a way around the issue.
Prince William, Prince Edward, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew, meanwhile, are all expected to wear regimented dress as they each hold honorary roles.
William holds a number of ceremonial titles including Colonel of the Irish Guards and Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Navy Submarine Service.
But Harry’s positions as Captain General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington and Commodore-in-Chief, Small Ships and Diving were taken away when he stepped back from his role within the Royal Family.
While he cannot wear a uniform that corresponds with his previous positions in the forces, there is still a chance, however, that the Queen could let him wear a basic military uniform after his years of service.
The Queen is expected to make a decision on what each family member wears for the service in the coming days.
Meanwhile, Prince Andrew reportedly told his mum he wished to dress in Admiral uniform for the occasion – despite deferring his role after the Jeffrey Epstein sex scandal.
The rank of Admiral is the highest rank to which a serving officer in the Royal Navy can be promoted, although members of the Royal Family can be made Admiral of the Fleet.
And while Andrew has lost many of his charitable patronages, he has not been stripped of his military positions and titles yet.
An Admiral's ceremonial day coat has three rows of lace on the sleeve, but a Vice-Admiral's two rows.
The Admiral's shoulder rank board features a crossed baton and sword with four stars, but for a Vice-Admiral there are just three stars.
A source told The Mail: "People have opinions and there are ongoing discussions about the right course of action."
But Buckingham Palace declined to comment last night, saying: "Funeral arrangements are being finalised and we will announce them accordingly."
The Palace previously said it would confirm more details later this week.
Harry – who served in the Army for ten years, completed two tours of Afghanistan and was promoted to captain – was understood to be deeply upset by the decision to remove his titles.
He has now returned to the UK alone for the ceremony after his pregnant wife Meghan Markle was advised not to travel.
He is in strict quarantine at his Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage, and must remain at the property for five full days of isolation, and provide a negative Covid test.
Meanwhile, William and Kate are with their children at their home in Norfolk for the Easter break.
The Sun Online has approached Buckingham Palace for comment.
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