Devon’s own Royal expert Jennie Bond has expressed her sadness over the debate on whether members of the Royal family should be allowed to wear uniforms to the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
Last week (April 9), Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, died peacefully aged 99 at Windsor Castle.
In a statement on their website, a spokesperson for the palace has confirmed that the funeral is set to take place on Saturday, April 17 at 3pm in St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
Despite the well-organised plans, it is understood the Queen has decided that senior royals attending the service should be in civilian clothing.
Her Majesty’s son and grandson had both enquired about the arrangements with the Duke of York wanting to appear in full Admiral uniform.
Meanwhile, Prince Harry had faced humiliation at being the only male member of the Royal Family in military apparel for the ceremony on Saturday.
Speaking to Sky News, Royal expert Jennie Bond expressed her sympathy for the Queen.
When asked what she thought about Harry and William not standing side-by-side at the funeral, Jennie said: ”I think it is sad, I think it is a lost opportunity.
”They all know that by not walking side-by-side, whatever the significance of that truly is, they must all know that it is going to draw speculation.
”The risk between them is very far from mended.
”My question to them is why not walk side-by-side.”
”You have to feel sorry for the Queen managing the sensibilities and sensitivities of her family.
“Over who should wear uniforms because it seems that the Duke of York wanted to wear an admiral’s uniform to which he is not entitled.
“Harry would be embarrassed at not being able to wear a military uniform.
“She had had to think about all these things
”The poor lady nearly 95, having just been widowed should not have to think about these things in my opinion.”
Harry lost his honorary military titles after deciding to step down as a senior working royal.
Reports had also suggested that the Duke of York, who spoke of his father as being “the grandfather of the nation,” was considering wearing an admiral’s uniform.
Andrew stepped down from royal duties over his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in 2019.
He was due to be promoted to Admiral in 2020 to mark his 60th birthday but this did not go ahead following the fallout from his disastrous Newsnight appearance.
The no-uniform rule has been described as “the most eloquent solution to the problem,” a military source told The Sun.
The decision is a break with tradition for ceremonial royal funerals and will contrast with the strong military presence which will be on show to honour Philip, who served with distinction in the Second World War.
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