As a non-commissioned member of the royal family, the Duke of York, disgraced for his role in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal that saw him stripped of his titles and banned from public life by the Queen, will not wear his armed forces uniform except for one formal event this week, writes dailymail.co.uk.
Royal sources have revealed that Andrew, a former Royal Navy officer who served in the Falklands War and retains the rank of vice-admiral, will be allowed to wear his uniform during his final vigil at Westminster Hall as a mark of respect for Elizabeth II.
The Sussexes’ friend and journalist Omid Scobie reported today that the Duke of Sussex, who has served twice in Afghanistan, has been banned from wearing his uniform to all formal events, including the parade in Westminster Hall.
“It is my understanding that Prince Harry, unlike Prince Andrew, will not be allowed to wear uniform during his final vigils in Westminster Hall. It’s certainly a huge blow for the Duke of Sussex, who has served for 10 years and said as recently as this morning that the Queen was his “commander in chief”, he wrote on Twitter.
MailOnline contacted Buckingham Palaceto officially confirm that Prince Harry has been banned from wearing the uniform.
Andrew has renounced his royal status and has lost all his honorary military posts, including Colonel of the Grenadier Guards. The decision came in the wake of his friendship with Mr. Epstein and allegations made by one of the pedophile’s “sex slaves,” Virginia Roberts, who claimed that Prince sexually abused her when she was still a minor under American law. These statements resulted in a scandalous US lawsuit and a multi-million dollar out-of-court settlement. The Duke of York himself has always denied these allegations.
Harry and Meghan were also stripped of their titles when the couple stepped down from their royal duties and moved from the UK to California. The ensuing Megxit saga, in which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex hurled a series of stunning accusations at the Royal House, including racist remarks about Meghan and her unborn son Archie by an unnamed senior royal, sparked a veritable civil war at the House of Windsor and plunged the monarchy into one of its biggest crises.
All other members of the royal family who hold royal duties will wear uniforms to five ceremonial events during the period of mourning.
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