Prince Harry can’t wear military garb as he’s just ‘Californian in blue jeans’

Prince Harry can't wear military uniform at his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II’s vigil, despite serving two tours of duty in Afghanistan, because he is basically "a Californian man in blue jeans," one royal expert has claimed.

Harry will most likely don a simple suit at the Queen's final vigil in Westminster Hall, despite the fact that Prince Andrew will be wearing his military garb at other events as a 'special mark of respect'.

Working members of the Royal Family will be permitted to wear military uniforms at five ceremonial events – the Service of Thanksgiving at St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh, the procession to Westminster Hall and service of prayer and reflection, the Vigil at Westminster Hall, the state funeral at Westminster Abbey and the Committal Service at St George’s Chapel Windsor.

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But Harry cannot, after stepping back from royal duties in January 2020 before jetting off for a new life in the US with his wife Meghan Markle.

“What people might be thinking this morning, is why has Prince Harry been told he can, at no stage in this process, wear any military uniform or outfit,” GMB host Susanna Reid said, in conversation with Hugo Vickers, today (September 13).

Noting that “things can change”, Vickers responded: “You must remember that [Harry] was given the option to, you know, hold onto his various positions for a year, and decide what he wanted to do.

“After that he decided to stay on in California. And, you know, you can’t be captain general of the Royal Marines if you’re living in California and you’re a guy in blue jeans basically. You know, you can’t do both. You need to be visible, you need to be there,” Vickers added.

On the decision to let disgraced Andrew wear the military uniform: "I mean, he certainly won’t be wearing Grand Air Guards’ uniform, that’s for certain. He presumably will wear a naval uniform, because he served in the Royal Navy."

The hosts pondered on why exactly Andrew will be allowed this honour and Vickers responded: “I’m not convinced that we really know, to be honest."

“If you remember Prince Philips’ funeral, none of them wore uniform,” he pointed out, adding, “So that you’ve got this kind of uniformity, if you like, and they all wore mourning dress."

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