The huge tradition the Queen is breaking to 'spare embarrassment' for Prince Harry at Prince Philip's funeral

Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge 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.
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The huge tradition the Queen is breaking to 'spare embarrassment' for Prince Harry at his grandfather Prince Philip's funeral has been revealed.

Members of the royal family will break a huge tradition at Prince Philip's funeral by not wearing military uniforms - a decision taken by the Queen which is thought to 'spare embarrassment' for Prince Harry.

The Duke of Sussex, who served a decade in the army, was stripped of his royal title (opens in new tab) when he moved to LA and as he and his wife Meghan Markle stepped back (opens in new tab) from being senior working members of the royal family, and is therefore not entitled to wear a military uniform.

Prince Philip passed away (opens in new tab) on 9th April and to the upcoming funeral service, to be attended by 30 guests (opens in new tab), Prince Harry reportedly wanted to wear the Blues and Royals dress uniform he wore on his wedding day in May 2018. But as a former captain with the Household Cavalry, however, he is entitled only to wear a suit, with any medals he has been awarded in the course of his duties or by the Queen.

Prince Harry and Prince William

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Meanwhile, the Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Wessex and Princess Royal would have been, by convention for a royal ceremonial funeral, in full military uniform.

It's understood that Prince Andrew also requested to wear an Admiral's uniform after he put on hold a promotion from vice-admiral to clear name in the wake of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal. And while Andrew has not been stripped of his honorary military titles and remains a vice-admiral in the Royal Navy, the Royal Household was reportedly concerned that if Andrew were denied his request to go in uniform, he and Harry would be the only ones in civilian dress who had seen active service in the military.

A source told the Daily Mail, ‘There was the risk of real embarrassment.’

But to avoid Harry, 36, the embarrassment of being the only royal in a suit at his grandfather's funeral, the Queen is understood to have requested that none of the royal family wear their military uniforms, breaking the historical tradition.

Members Of The Royal Family Follow The Coffin Of The Queen Mother On The Mall As It Is Taken To Westminster Hall Where It Will Lie In State. Including L To R Prince Phillip, Duke Of Gloucester, Prince Harry, Prince Michael Of Kent And In Front Of Him, Princess Anne.

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Instead, all members of the royal family will dress the same - morning coats and black ties for the men, simple black outfits for the women - to the service held at Windsor Castle on Saturday, 17th April.

According to the Daily Mail, in an unprecedented about-turn, a last-minute decision, approved by the Queen, who will sit alone at the funeral (opens in new tab), has been made that no royals will wear military uniforms in order to present a united family front.

It is believed to be only the second time in more than a century that members of the Royal Family have not worn uniform to the funeral of a monarch or their spouse.

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 15 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.