After a while of surprise Queen Elizabeth II’s death Last week, Prince Harry asked that attention remain on the legacy of his beloved grandmother – not any painful development in mourners’ dress code.
The Protocol stipulates that working royals wear military uniforms during official events held in mourning period given by King Charles III. But — as first reported by the royal reporter Omid Scobie—Prince Harry, who served 10 years in the British Army, will not be allowed to wear his uniform at these ceremonies. It is unclear whether this decision came from King Charles himself or another source, each BAZAAR.com.
After giving up her royal duties in 2020 to move to California with Meghan MarklePrince Harry is not considered a working royal and must give up deeds in his honorary army. But the change in dress code has caught the attention of many regardless, in part because Prince Andrew — also a stripped-down non-working royal military titlenext allegation of sexual abuse against him—will allowed to wear her uniform at the Queen’s final ceremony, “as a special sign of respect.”
This rejection came right after Prince Harry debuted a moving tribute with his late grandmother, in which he referred to her as “Grandma” and “My Commander-in-Chief.” He writes, “I am forever grateful for all of our first encounters — from my first childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as General Manager. my command, until the first moment you meet my beloved wife and hold dear great-grandchildren. I cherish the times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between. You have been missed so much, not only by us, but by the whole world. “
On September 13, a Sussex spokesman confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would want attention to remain on Queen Elizabeth’s legacy – and not on any potential family disputes.
“[Prince Harry] The spokesperson told Scobie. “His decade of service in the military was not determined by the uniform he wore and we respectfully ask that the focus be on the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II.”
Lauren Puckett-Pope is an editorial associate at ELLE, where she covers news and culture.