The Queen spares Prince Harry humiliation and ‘bans military uniforms for Royals’ at Prince Philip’s funeral

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The Queen has reportedly banned the Royal family from wearing their military uniforms at the late Prince Philip's funeral on 17 April.

Prince Harry could have been left red-faced if his brother Prince William, 38, and 72 year old father Prince Charles wore their uniforms without him after his honorary ranks were taken away.

When Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, made the decision to permanently step down from royal duties in February, Harry was stripped of his military title as Captain General of the Royal Marines, a role he took over from his grandfather.

Because of this, he will no longer wear his uniform to any official events, being the only senior male of the family to be in this position.


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According to The Sun Online, insiders involved in planning for the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral on Saturday said Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 94, was the one to suggest all senior male members of the Royal Family wear suits and ties instead.

"It’s the most eloquent solution to the problem," a military source told the publication, while a second insider said that "current thinking is no uniforms".

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It comes as brothers Harry and William are said to be putting their differences aside to come together and remember their late grandfather, a royal expert revealed.

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The Duke of Sussex returned to the UK from California, US earlier this week ahead of the funeral of Prince Philip.

It will be the first time Prince Harry will reunite with his brother face-to-face following his explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.

As Harry's arrival in the UK and the Royal Family's tributes to Prince Philip, who was 99 when he died last week, were discussed on Good Morning Britain, it was suggested the Duke of Cambridge was “taking a dig” at his brother in his statement when he highlighted Philip's length of service to the Queen and country and said: “I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job“.

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But, royal editor Omid Scobie has insisted this is not the case and the brothers are not focusing on their differences.

Speaking on GMB via video link on Tuesday 13 April, Omid, who is understood to be a close friend of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, explained he believes Harry and William's tributes to Philip were an expression of their “different personalities”.

Sharing his views on Prince William’s statement following Prince Philip’s death, Omid said: “He really is thinking about getting back to work.

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"I don’t think it was anything aimed at his brother.

“In fact I think across the board in the Royal Family right now everyone is really looking at putting differences aside to focus the one thing that matters and that’s focusing on Prince Philip’s life and legacy but also rallying around the Queen during her time of need.”

Omid, who co-wrote Harry and Meghan’s biography Finding Freedom, added: “I think if there’s anything that’s sort of beautiful about this week and in the days leading up to the funeral is actually seeing a family unified in a way that we haven’t seen in so many years.”

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