On Saturday evening, Prince Harry wore his military uniform after obtaining special permission from King Charles III. He had been forced to wear civilian clothes at public events since the Queen’s death, as he was stripped of his military titles when he left royal office in 2020.
While Harry, 38, and his brother Prince William, 40, both wore the royal blue No. 1 uniform ‘at the King’s request’, the outfit Harry received from Buckingham Palace was devoid of of an essential part: the late queen’s royal symbol, her initials”RE“, relates Page Six.
William’s uniform, as keen royal observers have noted, featured the cipher on both epaulettes. This is not the case with Harry’s.
“He is heartbroken“, said a friend to the sunday Times from London. “Removing her grandmother’s initials seems very intentional.”
He was so”devastated“, according to the friend, whom the prince almost put on a morning suit to avoid”humiliation“.
An insider disputed the account, denying that another outfit was ever considered – but admitted that the “ER” had indeed been removed from Harry’s uniform.
The prince was initially banned from wearing his military attire. Harry, a decorated military veteran who served in Afghanistan, wore a morning suit as he walked behind the Queen’s coffin in a procession earlier this week.
It is in uniform that the Duke of sussex took part in a 15-minute guard of honor alongside his brother and the Queen’s six other grandchildren on Saturday evening.
Princess Anne’s children, Peter Phillips44, and Zara Tindal41, the daughters of Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice34, and Princess Eugenie, 32, and Prince Edward’s children, Lady Louise Windsor, 18, and James, Viscount Severn14, were also alongside the brothers.
On Friday, it was reported that King Charles III had rescinded the edict and allowed his son and disgraced brother Prince Andrew to wear their military uniforms during their wakes for Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall.