The Royal Family will “regret” its bid to “humiliate” Prince Harry while he mourned the death of his grandmother, it has been claimed. Having stepped down as a working member of the Firm, the Duke was not permitted to wear military uniform at the state funeral of the Queen or at most other events during the official period of National Mourning.
The same was the case for Prince Andrew, who was stripped of his military titles during his since-settled case brought forward by US accuser Virginia Giuffre.
Both Dukes were, however, permitted to wear military uniform while holding vigil for the Queen’s lying-in-state.
Reports suggest Prince Andrew was ordered by the King himself to wear uniform for the vigil as a special privilege.
It could be presumed from this that the same was the case for Prince Harry.
But writer Jenni Murray said this was not enough, and that Harry should have been granted more special privileges.
She wrote in the Mail: “Charles is King. Within royal protocol, he has all the power.
“He could have allowed Harry, like his brother William, to wear the uniform of the regiment for which he fought so proudly during two terms of military service in Afghanistan.”
Prince Harry retired from the British Army in 2015 following a decade of service.
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Ms Murray wrote that, at the funeral “we watched [Harry] burn with embarrassment as he was forced to grieve, on public show, with his medals pinned to a morning suit”.
She added: “If Charles wants to see reconciliation between his two boys, he must welcome the prodigal son fully into the family and treat them both as equals.”
The commentator complained that the prince was not invited (or, according to some reports, was invited and then un-invited) to a lavish reception at Buckingham Palace.
The reason for this again was that Prince Harry, having stepped back from senior royal duties and moved to the US, is no longer a working royal.
Prince Andrew was also not present at this event.
Commentators are now questioning the possibility of a full reconciliation between Harry and the rest of the Royal Family, with the route being reportedly murky.