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15th Apr 2021

Queen may ban military uniforms at Philip funeral to keep Harry and Andrew happy

Claudia McInerney

The Queen may ban Royal family members from wearing military uniforms at Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday

The Queen does not want anything to detract from Philip’s funeral and therefore may ban senior male members of the Royal family from wearing military uniform, it has been revealed.

Prince Harry, who recently flew over from the US to quarantine ahead of the funeral, was thought to be the only male member of the Royal family who would not be wearing military uniform, after having his military titles stripped in February this year.

Prince Andrew also stepped back from Royal duties, following his interview with on BBC Newsnight about his association with the convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein. This caused speculation to grow over the princes’ choice of attire for his father’s funeral.

According to the Mirror,  there was “serious Navy displeasure” mentioned in a row over Prince Andrew possibly wearing an admiral’s uniform.

As a result, the Queen reportedly told the senior male members of the Royal family to wear a suit and tie.

A military source told The Sun: “It’s the most eloquent solution to the problem.”

A Royal source said: “The Queen and the rest of the family want nothing to detract from what is most important, commemorating the Duke’s remarkable life.”

As a result of coronavirus restrictions, only 30 guests will be able to attend the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral on Saturday afternoon.

The funeral is set to take place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor at 3pm, where there will be a national minute’s silence before the service.

On the Royal family’s official website, it says: “Further details on the Funeral Service and the Order of Service will be released in due course.”