The Daily Telegraph

Prince Harry allowed to wear uniform in vigil of the grandchild­ren

- By Victoria Ward

THE Duke of Sussex will wear military uniform as he mounts a vigil beside the coffin of his grandmothe­r alongside his cousins.

Prince Harry is understood to have been given special dispensati­on to wear his uniform after the Duke of York was told he could do the same as a “final mark of respect” for the most personal of gestures. The King, the Princess Royal, Prince Andrew and the Earl of Wessex will mount their own vigil at 7.30pm this evening, standing in silence at the four sides of the catafalque in Westminste­r Hall.

Tomorrow evening, members of the public queuing for the lying in state may also see all eight of the late Queen’s grandchild­ren form their own guard of honour. The Prince of Wales and Prince Harry will reportedly be joined by Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

An about-turn on the decision to allow the Duke of Sussex, as a nonworking member of the Royal family, to wear uniform for the occasion is said to have been made after palace officials intervened on his behalf. One royal source was last night quoted as saying: “Common sense has prevailed. It was a ludicrous situation given the Duke of Sussex has served his country and is a highly respected member of the Armed Forces with everything he has done for veterans.

“It is important that the Queen’s grandchild­ren are all made to feel welcome and comfortabl­e as they grieve their beloved grandmothe­r together.”

A royal source confirmed that the decision was made without interventi­on from the Duke, who was prepared to wear whatever his grandmothe­r had made plans for.

It was announced earlier this week that the Duke, who served for 10 years in the Army and undertook two tours of Afghanista­n, would be denied the right to wear uniform at all ceremonial events during the mourning period.

His spokesman said he would “wear a morning suit throughout events honouring his grandmothe­r”, insisting that his decade of military service “was not determined by the uniform he wears”. At the state funeral on Monday, both Prince Andrew and Prince Harry will be in morning dress. They also walked in suits during the procession from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminste­r.

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