Prince Philip’s funeral: no royal wears military uniform to avoid embarrassment
None of the Queen’s children or grandchildren will wear their military uniform in Prince Philippethe funeral on Saturday.The decision was made to avoid any embarrassment that might overshadow the funeral to be held at Windsor Castle.Wearing military uniforms has become an issue following Prince Andrew’s decision to relinquish his royal role in 2019 for her former friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.The Duke of York resigned as a royal cadre shortly after his disastrous TV interview over the allegations made against him by one of Epstein’s victims.
Prince Andrew has vehemently denied claims by Jeffrey Epstein’s victims that they were sexually trafficked to him.
He also denied ever seeing or witnessing any wrongdoing when he stayed with Epstein during their friendship.
Had Prince Andrew been allowed to wear his military uniform, Prince Harry would have been the only elderly man at the funeral party in civilian clothes.
This would have raised embarrassing questions given that the Duke of Sussex is a British Army veteran who has served on active duty on two tours of Afghanistan.
Now Harry with Andrew – and other royals such as Prince Charles and Prince William – will wear a mourning gown instead.When Harry and Meghan formally accepted the deal to depart as royals earlier this year, Harry had his honorary military titles stripped.
His grandfather had passed him the role of captain general of the Royal Marines and Harry desperately wanted to keep him.
Prince Andrew was named Honorary Vice Admiral of the Royal Navy in 2015.
Most of the royals will walk behind Prince Philip’s coffin as it is transported in a specially adapted Land Rover vehicle, which the Duke of Edinburgh himself helped design.
They will descend from the national entrance to Windsor Castle and descend the hill for eight minutes to the steps of St George’s Chapel where the funeral will be held.
There will only be 30 people present at the funeral in accordance with government Covid restrictions.
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