Prince Harry can now wear military uniform to Queen’s vigil after being denied

Prince Harry will wear his military uniform this Saturday while attending a special vigil for Queen Elizabeth II, Page Six has confirmed.

A source exclusively tells Page Six that Harry – who was previously told he could not wear a military uniform – did not request a change.

“He was ready to wear just what his grandmother had planned. He’s focused on honoring her and that’s all. If they want him in uniform, I have no reason to think he will not oblige,” says our source.

a source told the Daily Mirror, who first reported on Thursday, that it was a “ridiculous situation” in the first place.

A source told the newspaper: “The Duke of Sussex has served his country and is a highly respected member of the armed forces for what he has done for veterans.” “It is important that the Queen’s grandchildren are made to feel welcome and at ease as they grieve their beloved grandmother together.”

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

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

It is not clear whether Harry will still be allowed to wear his military uniform for the funeral on Monday.

Earlier this week it was announced that Harry and his disgraced uncle, Prince Andrew, would be barred from wearing their military uniforms at the Queen’s funeral on 19 September.

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

Prince Andrew was forced to leave public life in 2019, following a disastrous BBC interview in which he defended his friendship with notorious financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and claimed he was accused of sexual abuse. Never met Virginia Giuffre. He later spent millions of dollars settling a civil lawsuit with Giuffre.

Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 in London, England.  The 100th birthday of the RAF, which was established on 1 April 1918, was marked with a centenary parade with the presentation of a new Queen's Colour and a 100 aircraft fly past 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 front-line tours of Afghanistan – was “saddened” by the decision.

Read Page Six’s up-to-the-minute coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s passing:

Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Andrew, Duke of York follow the coffin carrying Queen Elizabeth II during the Laying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II procession in London, England September 14, 2022 We do.  The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried in procession on the gun carriage of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, where she will remain in state until the 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 were previously both barred from wearing their military uniforms.

“Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex will wear a morning suit at all events in honor of his grandmother,” a Sussex spokesman said in a statement to Page Six on Tuesday.

“The decade of his military service is not determined by the uniform he wears and we respectfully ask that the focus be on the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

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