The Queen is understood to have told her family to forgo wearing military uniforms to save her son Prince Andrew and grandson Prince Harry ’s blushes at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral. Harry faced being the only member of the family to be wearing a suit after he was stripped of his honorary ranks when he quit his role as a senior royal.
It was reported there was also “serious Navy displeasure” at being dragged into a row over Prince Andrew possibly wearing an admiral’s uniform. He was forced to step back from all royal roles following his disastrous appearance on BBC Newsnight in November 2019 exposing his relationship with the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
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.” Both Harry and his wife gave up their His and Her Royal Highness titles after splitting from the Firm and agreed to stop using the term 'royal' in official correspondence.
In February, they were stripped of their honorary titles by the Queen after confirming they won't return as working members of the Royal Family - something which was said to have upset Harry. It may be that he is referred to as the Duke of Sussex for the funeral service, a title bestowed on him as a wedding present in 2018.
If his grandmother does not grant him special dispensation to use the HRH title, then a clear distinction will be drawn between him, his brother and his dad. On Saturday only a handful of mourners from the Royal Family will be permitted to attend the event at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Because of laws in place to battle the spread of coronavirus anyone attending a funeral must stay at least two metres apart from anyone not in the same household. Under government guidance which changed from Monday funeral ceremonies must have no more than 30 people attending, whether indoors or outdoors.