Prince Harry banned from wearing military uniform at veterans awards ceremony
Prince Harry will not be able to wear his military uniform when he presents medals to veterans next week.
The Duke of Sussex, 37, will attend a gala aboard a warship in New York to present medals to five war heroes.
But the war veteran, who flew two missions in Afghanistan, can no longer wear his military uniform as he was stripped of his honorary titles when he left royal duties for a new life in the United States.
Harry will instead have to wear a black tie, but will be able to pin all four of his medals to his costume at the gala one day before Veterans Day, reports The Sun.
Other Army veterans and servicemen are likely to be in ceremonial dress at the Salute to Freedom Gala aboard a warship at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on November 10.
The event will honor “those who served in the United States’ forces, defending America, with awards honoring those who” have shown courage and perseverance in the face of great danger or personal struggle. “
The museum said, “The Intrepid Museum’s Salute to Freedom Gala recognizes extraordinary leadership and honors the courageous men and women who serve in the defense of our nation.”
Susan Marenoff-Zausner, President of the Intrepid Museum, said: âWe are extremely proud to present the inaugural Intrepid Valor Awards to five incredible people who exceeded expectations and persevered under extraordinary circumstances.
“It is a fundamental principle of our institution to be there for our military and veterans, who are always there for all of us.
“One of the ways we are delivering on this commitment is by offering meaningful programs that help veterans re-enter civilian life and build bond and community, including those that deal specifically with mental health.”
“We are very grateful to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, for honoring and amplifying the stories of these heroes and for helping to raise awareness of mental health support for our men and women in uniform.”
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Harry lost his titles after he and Meghan Markle, 40, announced in March last year that they were giving up their lives as royals.
They now live in a multi-million dollar mansion in Montecito, Santa Barbara, California with their children Archie and Lilibet. They first moved to Vancouver Island in Canada.
Harry had wanted to keep honorary posts, including that of Captain General of the Royal Marines, but was unable to do so.
The Queen has decided that no military uniform should be worn at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April, apparently to “spare Harry’s blushes”.
Harry was also pictured in a blue suit and medals last November when he laid flowers at Los Angeles National Cemetery.
His request for a wreath to be laid at the London Cenotaph last year was rejected.
Despite his military record, he lost three honorary military titles, including his valuable post as Captain General of the Royal Marines, and is now a âcivilianâ.
A spokesperson for Prince Harry has been contacted for comment.