Queen Elizabeth II banned royals from wearing military uniforms at husband Prince Philip’s funeral – to save Prince Harry and Andrew the embarrassment of getting noticed, according to reports.
While male kings traditionally wear such uniforms at official events, California-based Harry, 36, had to give up his military appointments after resigning from his royal duties.
Meanwhile, his 61-year-old uncle Andrew was outraged by his plans to wear an admiral’s uniform despite being discharged from royal duties because of his ties to the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s sex scandal.
The 94-year-old queen has now decided that royals wear medal-covered mourning suits instead to keep their son and grandson – both military veterans – from standing out, The Times of London said.
“It’s the most eloquent solution to the problem,” a military source told The Sun.
Royal sources also told The Telegraph that “it’s getting more and more likely [that] All male family members are told to wear suits to avoid any embarrassment during the day. “
Andrew, who was made Honorary Vice Admiral of the Royal Navy on his 55th birthday, had already asked Schneider to make him a new uniform for his father’s funeral, sources told the Times.
Although Andrew was not stripped of his military appointments, the plan to promote him to admiral on his 60th birthday last year was postponed while he was still in the shadow of the Epstein scandal.
“Nobody thinks it’s the right thing,” Andrew told the newspaper that Andrew should wear military clothing at the funeral.
A source close to the Duke insisted on the newspaper that Andrew had “neither desire nor intention to distract” from the day of mourning.
“The Duke of York will do what is appropriate to the circumstances – he remains resigned from royal duties,” the source said.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment, the reports said.