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20th Sep 2022

Piers Morgan steps in to bat for Prince Harry in surprising show of solidarity

Jack Peat

The outspoken presenter has been a vocal critic of the Duke of Sussex in the past

Piers Morgan has thrown his support behind Prince Harry following the Queen’s funeral.

The Duke of Sussex wore a morning suit and his medals to the state funeral on Monday, therefore not joining his family in saluting the Queen’s coffin.

Despite serving in the Army for ten years and being deployed to Afghanistan twice, Prince Harry lost the right to wear his ceremonial uniform when he formally stepped back from the Royal Family and settled in California with his young family.

It meant the ER insignia was also removed from his military uniform for the vigil at Westminster Hall, despite Prince Andrew being allowed to wear his.

The decision reportedly left Harry feeling devastated, with a friend telling the Sunday Times: “He is heartbroken. To remove his grandmother’s initials feels very intentional.”

Touching on the move on his Uncensored show on Monday, Piers Morgan commented: “I thought that was churlish, if you’re going to let Prince Andrew have ER on his shoulder, then why wouldn’t you let Harry have it on his?”

Prince Andrew also lost the right to wear his uniform but was reportedly granted permission to do so as a ‘special mark of respect’ for his late mother, after stepping back as a senior royal, following accusations of sexual assault.

The Duke of York, who has always denied the allegations, reached an out-of-court settlement with accuser Virginia Giuffre to avoid going to trial.

The former Good Morning Britain anchor added: “It seemed a bit churlish – I mean, I’ve got no truck for Harry’s behaviour in recent years, but this was his grandmother, he did serve his country with great valour – two tours of Afghanistan – and we’ve already had the row about the uniform to start with, where Andrew was given dispensation to wear his, and then eventually Harry was allowed to wear his.

“But then to remove the ER and have it sent to him without the initials of his own grandmother, I just thought don’t be churlish – and actually, don’t fuel his own innate sense of victimhood.”

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