To add insult to injury, Harry was “devastated” to find out his uncle, Prince Andrew, still wore the initials on his uniform
LONDON, UK: Prince Harry is reportedly outraged after losing the Queen’s ‘ER’ initials from the shoulder of his military uniform as he held a vigil over her coffin.
The 38-year-old Duke of Sussex is reportedly “devastated” after Prince Andrew was allowed to keep the royal cypher and is said to have considered wearing a morning suit to avoid the embarrassment as the monarch’s eight grandchildren attended a ceremonial honor guard for him they performed at Westminster Hall on Saturday 17 September. William and Harry stood at either end of their beloved grandmother’s coffin and were joined by cousins Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and Lady Louise Windsor and her brother Viscount Severn.
Harry, who has served on two assignments in Afghanistan, was also barred from wearing a military uniform earlier this week as he was no longer a working royal. However, King Charles gave him permission to wear the livery for the somber vigil at the Palace of Westminster. The Sunday Times reported that the Duke was said to be devastated to find his grandmother’s initials removed from the shoulder of his uniform. Meanwhile, the cipher has been retained on Prince William’s uniform.
Harry’s disappointment reportedly stems from the fact that Andrew, who is also no longer a working king, kept the initials on his Vice Admiral’s uniform when the Queen’s children held a vigil on Friday 16 September. It is worth noting that the Duke had previously carried the cipher, as he was a personal aide-de-camp to the Queen. However, he was forced to relinquish the title after stepping down from royal duties and moving to California with his wife Meghan Markle.
The ‘ER’ cipher is traditionally worn only by those “in the service” of the monarch and thus the absence of the initials could simply be attributed to dress codes, as opposed to an apparent snub. However, it is understood that Harry was deeply hurt by the decision and, as mentioned, was considering wearing a morning suit to avoid embarrassment. “He’s heartbroken. Removing his grandmother’s initials feels very deliberate,” a friend of the prince told The Times on condition of anonymity.
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This comes amid hopes of a reconciliation between the estranged brothers following the Queen’s death. It was a poignant moment as the princes walked side by side behind their coffin as it was brought into the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday September 14. The scene was reminiscent of the siblings walking behind the coffin of their mother Princess Diana at her funeral in 1997. However, on a tour of Windsor Castle on Saturday, William and Harry formed an unexpected united front with their respective wives as they greeted civilians who paid their respects to the late monarch.
However, sources close to the brothers said there had been “no meaningful reconciliation” so far. A source close to Harry recently said that being back in his brother’s company has been “awkward” and “difficult” at times this week. Additionally, the reconciliation at this point could be far-fetched with Harry’s forthcoming memoir and the Sussexes’ Netflix documentary in the works, the Daily Mail reported.