Prince Harry’s military uniform was missing the letters ‘ER’ – which refers to Queen Elizabeth II – as he watched over his coffin.
The Duke of Sussex joined his brother Prince William and the 96-year-old monarch’s six other grandchildren for the ceremony at Westminster Hall, where Elizabeth lay.
Harry was only allowed to wear his uniform for the emotional ceremony after a last-minute raid by King Charles III after days of backlash.
However, Prince William and Prince Andrew were both pictured wearing uniforms with the letters ‘ER’ – representing Elizabeth Regina [Queen in Latin]- on the shoulder.
Harry, who has served two frontline tours in Afghanistan, was wearing a uniform that did not bear the lettering when he arrived hours before the vigil, which was on Saturday evening September 17.
Newsweek understands that no explanation was given to the duke as to why the symbol was missing, but this is the latest in a series of unnecessary episodes at a time when the royal family is trying to outwardly demonstrate its unity.
Whether forgetfulness or insensitivity, any emotional impact of the missing symbol will be closely linked to the fact that Prince Andrew was not treated the same despite being charged in a civil lawsuit. of raping a 17-year-old sex trafficking victim of Jeffrey Epstein. The Duke of York denies the allegation.
From an olive branch, a potential new source of tension emerged one day before the Queen’s funeral on Monday, September 19.
Andrew and Harry were originally banned from wearing military uniform for the funeral itself, only an exception was made for Andrew during a service alongside Elizabeth’s other children at Westminster Hall on September 16, 2022 .
Harry, as a grandchild, was not invited and therefore unable to wear his own uniform, sparking fierce condemnation from the Palace that stretched to Piers Morgan, one of the most virulent of Harry and Meghan Markle.
Charles’ decision to go down was officially announced on Friday, September 16, hours before Prince Andrew was to step out in the robe of a Royal Navy vice-admiral.
Later in the day, however, new signs of tension emerged after confusion over Harry and Meghan would be invited to an evening reception for world leaders at Buckingham Palace on Sunday September 18.
The couple received an invitation but were later told the event was for members of the royal family only, although the palace press release referred to ‘members of the royal family’ without any caveats. concerning those who exercise official functions.
Had they left, it would likely have been an opportunity for the couple to meet President Joe Biden, who arrived in Britain with First Lady Jill Biden, and who paid tribute to Elizabeth at Westminster Hall on Sunday.
The uniform controversy arose when Prince Andrew paid tribute to the Queen on September 18, hours before the reception was due to start.
He said in a statement: “Dear Mom, Mother, Your Majesty, three in one. Your Majesty, it has been an honor and a privilege to serve you.
“Mother – of the nation, your dedication and personal service to our nation is unique and singular; your people show their love and respect in so many different ways and I know you seek to honor their respect.
“Mom, your love for a son, your compassion, your care, your trust that I will cherish forever. I have found your infinite knowledge and wisdom, without limit or confinement.
“I will miss your insights, advice, and humor. As our book of experiences closes, another opens, and I will forever hold you close to my heart with my deepest love and gratitude, and I I will gladly embark on the next one with you as my guide.
“May God save the king.”