Prince Philip’s funeral is set to take place this coming Saturday, and while the royal family would typically be decked out in military uniforms for it, they will not be doing so this year for a reason that may surprise you.
Entertainment Tonight reported that that Queen Elizabeth has decided that none of the royals will be wearing military uniforms to avoid any “embarrassment” for Prince Harry, and for his uncle Prince Andrew as well.
Harry spent a decade serving in the military, rising to the rank of Captain and undertaking two tours of duty in Afghanistan. However, Harry had his honorary military titles removed after he stepped down as a senior royal last year, despite the fact that his grandfather Philip had passed him the role of Captain General of the Royal Marines.
Royal reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand wrote in their 2020 book “Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of the Modern Royal Family” that being stripped of his honorary military titles hit Harry the hardest of anything that happened after leaving the royal family.
“That’s been a tough pill to swallow, and one that has been the most painful for Meghan to witness him go through,” a source close to the couple was quoted as saying in the book. “It’s the one that made Harry emotional.”
As for Andrew, who is the 61 year-old son of the Queen and Philip, he was made an honorary Vice Admiral of the Royal Navy in 2015. However, he stepped down from official royal duties in November of 2019 after he was linked to the late billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. After a disastrous interview in which he denied that he participated in underage sex with one of Epstein’s alleged victims, Andrew announced that he would not be taking part in any royal duties “for the foreseeable future,” and he’s been laying low out of the spotlight ever since.
Philip died last Friday at Windsor Castle at the age of 99. His funeral will take place at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday, and it will open with a three-minute moment of silence before its preceded by a Ceremonial Procession inside the grounds of the castle. Buckingham Palace has announced that his coffin will then be carried in, “a purpose-built Land Rover — which The Duke was involved in the design of.”
Royal expert Katie Nicholl has said that Prince Charles, Prince William and Harry will be the ones to walk behind the coffin.
“We understand that just as they walked behind Diana’s coffin at her funeral, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry will walk behind Prince Philip’s coffin in what is going to be a very moving final farewell to the duke,” Nicholl told reporters.
Only thirty people will attend the funeral because of COVID-19 restrictions, with Nicholl saying “it’s a small guest list, which will comprised mostly of immediate family, some extended family and a few of Prince Philip’s closest aides. Had we not been in a pandemic … it would have been a bigger funeral than what we were expecting on Saturday.”