Queen procession: Harry and Andrew do not salute The Cenotaph
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Piers Morgan, 57, admitted he isn’t Prince Harry’s biggest fan and has regularly criticsed his behaviour in recent years, but today defended his right to wear military uniform at the Queen’s ceremonial occasions. In doing so, however, he couldn’t resist branding the 37-year-old royal a “selish brat”.
In his latest column, he began by telling reders that he believed his behaviour since quitting Britain and royal duty had been “appallingly selfish, greedy, and damaging to the monarchy”, but said he’d never begrudge him for his service in the military.
Harry has served ten years in the army and has toured Afghanistan twice.
The prince will not be wearing the uniform due to him no longer being a working royal.
It’s been said however that The Duke of York is repotedly allowed to wear his uniform, despite also not working, “as a special mark of respect” for the late monarch.
Piers wrote in The Sun: “There are times when such protocol and rules need to be torn up, and common sense applied, and this is one of them.
“Especially when Harry’s disgraced uncle Prince Andrew will apparently be permitted to wear HIS uniform at Her Majesty’s lying-in-state vigil which starts today.
“There won’t surely be a single person in Britain outside of Andrew himself who thinks it’s OK for him to be treated better than Harry?”
Prince Andrew, a former Royal Navy officer who served in the Falklands War, was stripped of his honorary military titles, HRH status and royal patronages this year as he faced a civil sexual assault case brought by Virginia Giuffre.
He has vehemently denied all the allegations and the case has been settled out of court.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Sussexes has clarified what Prince Harry will be wearing to honour the Queen.
They said: “Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex will wear a morning suit throughout events honouring his grandmother.
“His decade of military service is not determined by the uniform he wears and we respectfully ask that focus remain on the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”
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Queen Elizabeth died aged 96 surrounded by her loved ones on Thursday.
Following her death, Prince Charles was appointed to King Charles III.
Today, a ceremony will be held in Westminster Hall to mark the arrival of Her Majesty’s Coffin.
As the late monarch travelled from Buckingham Palace, Charles and his three siblings walked behind the coffin.
Brothers Prince William and Prince Harry also walked side by side in a momenty of unity.
Both Prince Andrew and the Duke of Sussex wore suits with medals, while their family members wore military uniform.
From 5pm, the Lying-in-State will formally open.
The state funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey, on September 19.
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