- The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, died on April 9, 2021
- Queen Elizabeth has now taken steps to make sure the focus at the funeral is on Prince Philip
- She banned military uniforms for royals at the burial so as to accommodate her son and grandson, Prince Harry and Prince Andrew
To save her son Prince Andrew and grandson Prince Harry from embarrassment at the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral, Queen Elizabeth has ordered her family not to wear military uniforms.
After resigning as a senior prince, Harry was deprived of his honorary ranks and faced the prospect of becoming the only member of the family to wear a suit during the funeral.
There was also a strong Navy displeasure at being drawn into a squabble about Prince Andrew supposedly wearing an admiral's uniform.
A royal source said:
“The Queen and the rest of the family want nothing to detract from what is most important, commemorating the Duke’s remarkable life."
Andrew was forced to step down from all royal duties following a disastrous appearance on BBC Newsnight in November 2019.
During the appearance, in which he revealed his relationship with the late convicted sex abuser Jeffrey Epstein, he was forced to step down from all royal positions.
On the other hand, both Harry and his wife gave up their His and Her Royal Highness titles after splitting from the Firm and agreed to stop using the term 'royal' in official correspondence.
In February 2021, they were stripped of their honorary titles by the Queen after confirming they will not return as working members of the Royal Family.
It may be that he is referred to as the Duke of Sussex for the funeral service, a title bestowed on him as a wedding present in 2018.
Just a few mourners from the royal family will be allowed to attend the service at Windsor Castle's St George's Chapel on Saturday, April 17.
According to laws enacted to combat the spread of the COVID-19, everyone attending a funeral must stand at least two meters away from anyone who is not a family member.
Funerals must have no more than 30 people in attendance, regardless of whether they are held indoors or outdoors, according to government guidelines that went into effect on Monday.
Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband and the Duke of Edinburgh, died on Friday, April 9, at the age of 99, days after he was discharged from hospital.
Legit.ng also reported that the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, has finally returned to the UK ahead of Prince Philip's burial.
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Harry was reportedly spotted alighting a British Airways flight from Los Angeles at Heathrow Airport on Sunday, April 12.
The 36-year-old is reported to have met police cars and security staff waiting for his arrival, hopped in a black Range Rover and left for the palace.
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