Prince Harry can now wear a military uniform to the Queen’s vigil after his refusal

Page Six has confirmed that Prince Harry will wear his military uniform when he takes part in a special vigil for Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday.

The source told Page Six exclusively that Harry – who was previously told he couldn’t wear the military uniform – did not ask for the change.

“He was simply willing to wear what his grandmother had planned. He’s focused on honoring her and that’s it. If they liked him in uniform, I have no reason to believe he wouldn’t have to,” says our source.

source He told the Daily Mirror, who first broke the news on Thursday, said it was a “ridiculous situation” in the first place.

“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,” a source told the newspaper. “It is important that all of the Queen’s grandchildren feel welcome and comfortable as they mourn their beloved grandmother together.”

Prince Harry in uniform.
Prince Harry will now be allowed to wear his military uniform during a private vigil.
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The Queen’s eight grandchildren, including Prince William and Harry, are expected to stand on Saturday night for a 15-minute vigil next to their grandmother’s coffin.

The Queen’s other grandchildren including Princesses Beatrice, Eugenie, Zara, Peter Phillips, Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn will also participate in the vigil at Westminster Hall.

It’s unclear if Harry got permission to wear his uniform to attend the funeral on Monday as well.

It was announced earlier this week that Harry and his uncle Prince Andrew will be banned from wearing their military uniforms to attend the Queen’s funeral on September 19.

The Duke of Sussex, 38, was stripped of his military titles when he resigned from royal life in 2020 and moved to California with his wife, Meghan Markle.

Prince Andrew was forced out of public life in 2019, after a disastrous BBC interview in which he defended his friendship with notorious financier and condemned sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and claimed he had never met sexual assault accuser Virginia Geoffrey. He later spent millions of dollars to settle a civil lawsuit with Giuffre.

Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex watch a flight to celebrate the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 in London, England.  The RAF's 100th anniversary, established on 1 April 1918, was celebrated with a centenary parade with the introduction of a new color for the Queen and a flying table of 100 aircraft over Buckingham Palace.
Prince Harry enjoyed a close relationship with his grandmother.
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As Page Six exclusively reported, Harry – who served two tours on the front lines in Afghanistan – is “sad” about the decision.

Read the last page six coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s death:

Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Andrew, Duke of York follow the casket carrying Queen Elizabeth II during Queen Elizabeth II's state parade on September 14, 2022 in London, England.  The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II was carried in procession on a chariot of the Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, where she will remain in the state until the early morning of her funeral.  Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and was succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
Prince Andrew and Prince Harry had previously been banned from wearing their military uniforms.

A spokesperson for the Sussex family said in a statement to Page Six on Tuesday: “Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex will wear a morning suit throughout the events to honor his grandmother.”

“His contract of military service is not determined by the uniform he is wearing and we respectfully request that the focus remain on the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

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