Prince Harry today joined his brother William and King Charles during a procession that carried Queen Elizabeth’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminister Hall. While King Charles and Prince William wore ceremonial military uniform, Harry appeared in a “mourning suit”.
Prince Harry is not eligible to wear a military uniform as he and his wife Meghan Markle stepped down from royal duties in 2020. Harry and Meghan are currently non-working members of the royal family. William, who is devoted to his royal duties full-time, is now next in line to the throne.
Harry, the Duke of Sussex, will not be allowed to wear the military uniform at any of the five traditional events leading up to the late monarch’s funeral, including the final vigil to be held at Westminster Hall.
Harry’s rep said in a statement that the 37-year-old will wear a mourning suit to all events. “Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex will wear a mourning suit at all events in honor of his grandmother,” the spokesman said.
Rising to the rank of Captain, Prince Harry served twice in Afghanistan during his 10 years in the Army. He continues to work with other soldiers and assist wounded women and men.
Harry and Meghan gave Oprah Winfrey a bombshell interview in March 2021, in which Meghan opened up about her unhappiness and isolation during her time as working queen after marrying Harry in 2018.
Harry described feeling trapped by royal life and criticized his family for not supporting his wife.