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Meghan Markle’s tears for the Queen

Meghan Markle wept as she watched Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin being carried out of Westminster Abbey today after a remarkable funeral attended by the great and good from across the world. 

The Duchess of Sussex dabbed her cheek during the emotional moment as she stood beside Camilla, the Queen Consort, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and her children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Earlier, Meghan, 41, walked into the abbey in a sombre procession behind the Queen’s coffin. In front of her was Kate, the two eldest Cambridge children, and Prince Edward with Sophie, the Countess of Wessex.

Before the service, the duchess stood briefly beside Kate, George and Charlotte as she watched Elizabeth II’s coffin being placed on the altar.

She and Harry then took their seats on the second row alongside Princess Beatrice and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

On the front row alongside Charles and Camilla were the Princess Royal, her husband, Timothy Laurence; Prince Andrew; Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex; the Prince and Princess of Wales with George and Charlotte; Peter Phillips; and Zara and Mike Tindall.

Later, at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, Meghan and Harry were directed to their seats by the Princess of Wales as she, William, Kate and Charlotte stood aside to led them into their stall. 

The Duchess of Sussex was openly weeping during the state funeral and burial of her husband's grandmother in London today

The Duchess of Sussex was openly weeping during the state funeral and burial of her husband’s grandmother in London today 

After the service Meghan stood with other members of the Royal Family as they watched the Queen's coffin being taken away from Westminster Abbey on a gun carriage. At one moment, she appeared to wipe away a tear

After the service Meghan stood with other members of the Royal Family as they watched the Queen's coffin being taken away from Westminster Abbey on a gun carriage. At one moment, she appeared to wipe away a tear

After the service Meghan stood with other members of the Royal Family as they watched the Queen’s coffin being taken away from Westminster Abbey on a gun carriage. At one moment, she appeared to wipe away a tear

Meghan with Camilla, Queen Consort; Prince George; the Princess of Wales; and Princess Charlotte

Meghan with Camilla, Queen Consort; Prince George; the Princess of Wales; and Princess Charlotte 

On the day of Queen Elizabeth II's funeral, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex shed a tear

On the day of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex shed a tear

Meghan looks at the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in a Royal Standard and adorned with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre

Meghan looks at the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in a Royal Standard and adorned with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s orb and sceptre

The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and Queen Consort Camilla Parker-Bowles

The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and Queen Consort Camilla Parker-Bowles

The Duchess of Sussex was visibly upset during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

The Duchess of Sussex was visibly upset during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex standing together appearing emotional

Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex standing together appearing emotional

Meghan , Duchess of Sussex was seen wiping a tear away from her face

She appeared solemn during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex was seen wiping a tear away from her face during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

Meghan and Harry are sitting on the second row, directly behind King Charles III, the Queen Consort and Princess Anne

Meghan and Harry are sitting on the second row, directly behind King Charles III, the Queen Consort and Princess Anne 

Kate looked the picture of poise in The Queen's pearl choker necklace and delicate drop earrings, as she joined senior members of the Royal Family and visiting dignitaries at Westminster Abbey

Kate looked the picture of poise in The Queen’s pearl choker necklace and delicate drop earrings, as she joined senior members of the Royal Family and visiting dignitaries at Westminster Abbey

Prince Harry, and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, hold hands as they follow the coffin

Prince Harry, and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, hold hands as they follow the coffin


Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex follow the bearer party with the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it is taken from Westminster Abbey

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex follow the bearer party with the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it is taken from Westminster Abbey

Meghan and Harry singing during today's funeral service. Next to them were Princess Beatrice and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

Meghan and Harry singing during today’s funeral service. Next to them were Princess Beatrice and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi 

Britain's King Charles III, Britain's Camilla, Queen Consort, Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Britain's Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Britain's Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales, Britain's Catherine, Princess of Wales, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall

Britain’s King Charles III, Britain’s Camilla, Queen Consort, Britain’s Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, Britain’s Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Britain’s Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Britain’s Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Britain’s Prince William, Prince of Wales, Britain’s Catherine, Princess of Wales, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall

William, Kate, George and Charlotte stand aside and direct Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, to their seats

WINDSOR: William, Kate, George and Charlotte stand aside and direct Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, to their seats

A tear could be seen on Meghan's face as she wept

She appeared visibly sad on the day of the funeral for Queen Elizabeth II

A tear could be seen on Meghan’s face as she wept during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

Meghan standing next to Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, Queen Consort Camilla and Princess Charlotte

Meghan standing next to Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, Queen Consort Camilla and Princess Charlotte

An emotional Prince Harry in Westminster Abbey for today's funeral alongside his wife, the Duchess of Sussex

An emotional Prince Harry in Westminster Abbey for today’s funeral alongside his wife, the Duchess of Sussex 

The Duchess walked into the service at Westminster Abbey today alongside the Countess of Wessex (pictured together)

The Duchess walked into the service at Westminster Abbey today alongside the Countess of Wessex (pictured together) 

The Duchess of Sussex, 41, walked into the historic church in a sombre procession behind the Queen's coffin. In front of her was Kate, the two eldest Cambridge children, and Prince Edward and his wife, the Duchess of Wessex

The Duchess of Sussex, 41, walked into the historic church in a sombre procession behind the Queen’s coffin. In front of her was Kate, the two eldest Cambridge children, and Prince Edward and his wife, the Duchess of Wessex

Meghan walking down the nave of Westminster Abbey during a royal procession behind the Queen's coffin this morning

Meghan walking down the nave of Westminster Abbey during a royal procession behind the Queen’s coffin this morning 

Meghan stood alongside the three Cambridges for several moments before taking a seat at the funeral next to Prince Harry

Meghan stood alongside the three Cambridges for several moments before taking a seat at the funeral next to Prince Harry

Prince George, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, in Westminster Abbey today

Prince George, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, in Westminster Abbey today 

The Duke of Sussex - who put aside his feud with his brother, Prince William, to walk alongside him behind the Queen's coffin - was wearing a civilian suit rather than uniform due to no longer being a senior royal

The Duke of Sussex – who put aside his feud with his brother, Prince William, to walk alongside him behind the Queen’s coffin – was wearing a civilian suit rather than uniform due to no longer being a senior royal 

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, stands next to King Charles, Anne, Princess Royal, and William, Prince of Wales, as they salute during the state funeral

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, stands next to King Charles, Anne, Princess Royal, and William, Prince of Wales, as they salute during the state funeral

The Sussexes, 38, live in California but have remained in the UK since the Queen’s death on September 8. They happened to be in the country for the WellChild awards when the news was announced.

The couple were without their children Archie, three, and Lilibet, 15 months, who are believed to have remained in California with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland. 

Before the service, the Duke of Sussex put aside his feud with his brother, Prince William, to walk alongside him behind the Queen’s coffin. 

Harry was wearing a civilian suit rather than uniform due to no longer being a senior royal. 

Today, the UK’s most important church, packed with 2,000 VIPs including prime ministers, presidents and the Royal Family, was serene aside from the sound of hymns and prayers in a funeral service Her Majesty had curated herself before she died.

The Queen made her final and saddest journey from Westminster Hall to the church where she married and was crowned as Britain mourned its longest-serving monarch and the royals bade goodbye to a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Her coffin was placed close to the altar with her crown, orb and sceptre on its top surrounded by flowers chosen by the King from gardens she loved. A card in the flowers on top of the coffin read simply: “In loving and devoted memory. Charles R.”

Meghan (left) standing outside Westminster Abbey alongside the Queen Consort, Prince George, the Princess of Wales, Charlotte and Sophie Wessex

Meghan (left) standing outside Westminster Abbey alongside the Queen Consort, Prince George, the Princess of Wales, Charlotte and Sophie Wessex 

The duchess and other members of the Royal Family gathered outside the abbey to watch the Queen's coffin depart

The duchess and other members of the Royal Family gathered outside the abbey to watch the Queen’s coffin depart 

Meghan - wearing a wide-brimmed hat - walking behind the Cambridges and Camilla, the Queen Consort

Meghan – wearing a wide-brimmed hat – walking behind the Cambridges and Camilla, the Queen Consort 

The Duchess outside Westminster Abbey following Queen Elizabeth II's funeral, which started in the late morning

The Duchess outside Westminster Abbey following Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, which started in the late morning 

The royal mother-of-two was elegant in a black ensemble with heels and a large hat as she arrived at the State Funeral earlier this morning

The royal mother-of-two was elegant in a black ensemble with heels and a large hat as she arrived at the State Funeral earlier this morning 

Meghan leaves the funeral in a car alongside Sophie, the Countess of Wessex

Meghan leaves the funeral in a car alongside Sophie, the Countess of Wessex

Meghan leaves the funeral in a car alongside Sophie, the Countess of Wessex 

Meghan wore a wide-brimmed hat and a black top for today's service, which millions are watching from around the world

Meghan wore a wide-brimmed hat and a black top for today’s service, which millions are watching from around the world 

The Archbishop of Canterbury hailed the Queen’s ‘abundant life and loving service’ as he delivered the sermon at her state funeral, adding: ‘She was joyful, present to so many, touching a multitude of lives.’

State trumpeters from the Household Cavalry sounded the Last Post following the Archbishop of Canterbury’s commendation over the Queen’s coffin and a blessing pronounced by the Dean of Westminster. Two minute’s silence followed across the country before Reveille was sounded by the trumpeters before the National Anthem was sung by the congregation.

King Charles III looked tearful at points of the service while his sister Princess Anne looked at him with concern and care before fixing her own stare on her mother’s coffin and crown. Prince Andrew looked moved – having been fighting back tears as the family marched behind the Queen’s coffin through Parliament Square.

King Charles III sat at the head of the family next to Princess Anne, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex behind him in the second row, after more than a week leading the monarchy and the nation in mourning his mother the Queen.

Meghan joined the Countess as she watched Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at the event alongside Kate Middleton

Meghan joined the Countess as she watched Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at the event alongside Kate Middleton 

Meghan joined the Countess and Kate, as well as Camilla, the Queen Consort, and Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Wales, during the procession today

Meghan joined the Countess and Kate, as well as Camilla, the Queen Consort, and Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Wales, during the procession today 

The Duchess chats to dignitaries at the Abbey's gates. During the service she sat next to Prince Harry on the second row

The Duchess chats to dignitaries at the Abbey’s gates. During the service she sat next to Prince Harry on the second row 

Harry and Meghan (pic), who live in Montecito, California, have remained in the UK since the Queen's death on September 8. They happened to be in the country for the WellChild awards when the news was announced

Harry and Meghan (pic), who live in Montecito, California, have remained in the UK since the Queen’s death on September 8. They happened to be in the country for the WellChild awards when the news was announced

Meghan and her husband were in Europe for a series of events before the Queen's death. They stayed to attend the commemorations

Meghan and her husband were in Europe for a series of events before the Queen’s death. They stayed to attend the commemorations 

An aerial photo of Meghan - underneath a wide-brimmed hat  - walking down the central aisle of Westminster Abbey prior to today's service

An aerial photo of Meghan – underneath a wide-brimmed hat  – walking down the central aisle of Westminster Abbey prior to today’s service 

Prince William, who marched with his brother behind the coffin, was on the front row next to Prince George, who was reading the order of service during the Archbishop of Canterbury’s sermon, before singing hymns, while Princess Charlotte was seen whispering to her mother, who with William decided to bring them to say goodbye to their great-grandmother. 

The King looked very emotional during the singing of the national anthem at Westminster Abbey. 

Charles remained silent during the song, while his siblings and members of the royal family sang along. 

Gripping his ceremonial sword, Charles looked downcast as he started straight ahead while a piper played Sleep, Dearie, Sleep. 

Britain's Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, walking outside Westminster Abbey, on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain's Queen Elizabeth

Britain’s Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, walking outside Westminster Abbey, on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth

The Duchess of Sussex walks through the gates outside Westminster Abbey before the State Funeral for Queen Elizabeth II

The Duchess of Sussex walks through the gates outside Westminster Abbey before the State Funeral for Queen Elizabeth II 

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is seen leaving the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is seen leaving the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey 

The Duchess of Sussex was pictured sitting in a car alongside her husband, the Duke, 38, and appeared to be wearing a large black hat with a wide brim for the occasion

The Duchess of Sussex was pictured sitting in a car alongside her husband, the Duke, 38, and appeared to be wearing a large black hat with a wide brim for the occasion

The Duchess of Sussex, 41, opted for traditional all black mourning attire as she paid tribute to her husband's grandmother in London today

The Duchess of Sussex, 41, opted for traditional all black mourning attire as she paid tribute to her husband’s grandmother in London today 

Prince Edward's wife Sophie and Meghan travelled together in a car down The Mall ahead of the Queen's State Funeral this morning

Prince Edward’s wife Sophie and Meghan travelled together in a car down The Mall ahead of the Queen’s State Funeral this morning 

Meghan was sitting alongside the Countess of Wessex as she was driven to the Queen's funeral in London this afternoon (pictured)

Meghan was sitting alongside the Countess of Wessex as she was driven to the Queen’s funeral in London this afternoon (pictured) 

King Charles III, Camilla, the Queen Consort, Princess Anne, and her husband Vice Admiral Tim Laurence, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince William, and Kate, Princess of Wales with their children Princess Charlotte of Wales, Prince George of Wales, Britain's Prince Harry, and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, David Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowden, Peter Phillips, The Duke of Gloucester, Prince Michael of Kent and the Duke of Kent follow the coffin

King Charles III, Camilla, the Queen Consort, Princess Anne, and her husband Vice Admiral Tim Laurence, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince William, and Kate, Princess of Wales with their children Princess Charlotte of Wales, Prince George of Wales, Britain’s Prince Harry, and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, David Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowden, Peter Phillips, The Duke of Gloucester, Prince Michael of Kent and the Duke of Kent follow the coffin

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top is carried by the Bearer Party into Westminster Abbey past the grave of the Unknown Soldier

The view in Westminster Abbey above the Queen -  where she married and was crowned more than 70 years ago

The view in Westminster Abbey above the Queen –  where she married and was crowned more than 70 years ago

The UK’s most important church, packed with 2,000 VIPs including prime ministers, presidents and the Queen’s family, was serene aside from the sound of hymns and prayers in a funeral service Her Majesty has curated herself before she died.

On an highly emotional occasion for Britain and the world, the Queen was carried in her oak coffin to the gun carriage used by her parents and was followed through Parliament Square by her son, the King, and her relatives including the Prince of Wales and Duke of Sussex. Andrew, the Duke of York, appeared to be crying. 

Outside the Abbey an estimated 2million people are in central London along procession routes and watching on big screens. 

King Charles III and members of the royal family follow behind the coffin

King Charles III and members of the royal family follow behind the coffin

The Queen's final journey down the aisle of Westminster Abbey

The Queen’s final journey down the aisle of Westminster Abbey

The wreath which adorns the Queen’s coffin includes flowers requested by King Charles. Cut from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove House, the flowers and foliage have been chosen for their symbolism

The coffin is placed near the altar inside Westminster Abbey, next to her grieving family

The coffin is placed near the altar inside Westminster Abbey, next to her grieving family

The Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Countess of Wessex James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor

The Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Countess of Wessex James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor

George, Kate and Charlotte sing hymns in the Queen's memory

George, Kate and Charlotte sing hymns in the Queen’s memory

Prince of Wales (C) attends with Britain's Catherine, Princess of Wales (R) and Britain's Sophie, Countess of Wessex

Prince of Wales (C) attends with Britain’s Catherine, Princess of Wales (R) and Britain’s Sophie, Countess of Wessex

The Prince of Wales and Prince George sat alongside one another at the funeral

The Prince of Wales and Prince George sat alongside one another at the funeral

United in grief: Warring brothers William and Harry are seen together before walking behind Queen’s coffin in historic procession to Westminster Abbey

By Mark Duell for MailOnline 

Mourning brothers Prince William and Prince Harry today walked together behind the Queen’s coffin in emotional scenes before it was carried into Westminster Abbey by the military bearer party for her state funeral.

The brothers, who again put aside their feud for a united front to remember their late grandmother, walked with King Charles III, Princess Anne and Prince Edward as well as other royals from the Palace of Westminster.

In the second part of the procession, as they entered the Abbey behind the coffin, Harry and William were then also joined by their respective wives – as well as two of William’s children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

At this stage, Charles and Queen Consort Camilla walked immediately behind the Queen’s coffin, followed by Anne, her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Andrew, Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

Also in this party were William and Kate, while George and Charlotte walked with their parents side-by-side in formation, followed by their uncle and aunt Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and other royal family members.

It marks the fourth time in just over a week that Harry and William have carried out an engagement together, with royal observers hoping that they are making first steps to put their troubled relationship behind them.

The brothers also followed behind the Queen’s coffin for a procession to Westminster Hall last Wednesday; a vigil over the coffin on Saturday; and a walkabout with Kate and Meghan outside Windsor Castle on September 10.

While William and Harry have put aside their disagreements for royal events in recent days, fears over the content of Harry’s upcoming memoir continue to cast a cloud over their relationship – especially following the bombshell interview he and Meghan gave to Oprah Winfrey in March 2021 when they accused an unnamed royal of racism.

Rumours of a rift between the brothers first emerged in 2019 when they divided their households following various disagreements about Harry’s role, but their feud deepened amid the fallout from the Megxit saga in 2020.

But the death of the Queen has seen the rivals shelve their differences, with William and Kate joined in recent days by Harry and Meghan for the first occasions in more than two years since Commonwealth Day in March 2020.

Prince Harry stands while other members of the Royal Family salute ahead of the state funeral of the Queen this morning

Prince Harry stands while other members of the Royal Family salute ahead of the state funeral of the Queen this morning

Prince Harry and Prince Andrew stand while other members of the royal family salute towards the coffin in London today

Prince Harry and Prince Andrew stand while other members of the royal family salute towards the coffin in London today

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried into Westminster Abbey, followed by King Charles III and other royals today

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried into Westminster Abbey, followed by King Charles III and other royals today

Prince William and Prince Harry stand next to each other on the day of the state funeral for the Queen this morning

Prince William and Prince Harry stand next to each other on the day of the state funeral for the Queen this morning

Today, the royal family were among the 2,000 people gathered for the funeral, before a committal service at Windsor Castle. The service follows the Queen’s lying in state period at Westminster Hall, which ended at 6.30am.

The day marks the climax of the biggest security operation the UK has ever seen, surpassing the operation for the Platinum Jubilee weekend and the London 2012 Olympics, which saw up to 10,000 police officers on duty per day.

Uniforms and medals worn by senior royals 

The King wore his Royal Navy uniform and his son and heir dressed in RAF colours at the funeral of the Queen in nods to the branches of the armed forces in which they both served.

Both the Duke of Sussex and Duke of York, who also served in the military, were dressed in formal mourning clothes for the state funeral because they are no longer working members of the royal family.

The King

The King wore the Royal Navy No 1 tailcoat with sword, the collar of the Order of the Garter, Order of the Thistle Sash, Order of Merit neck order, Garter Star and Thistle Star.

He also wore full-size medals including the Queen’s Service Order (New Zealand), Coronation Medal, Silver Jubilee Medal, Golden Jubilee Medal, Diamond Jubilee Medal, Platinum Jubilee Medal and a Naval Long Service Good Conduct (LSGC) (three x Additional Service Bars).

Other medals included Canadian Forces Decoration (three x Additional Service Bars), The New Zealand Commemorative Medal, and The New Zealand Armed Forces Award.

Charles had a six-year military career, mainly flying for the Royal Navy.

Earl of Wessex

The Earl of Wessex wore the Blues Uniform with the rank of Honorary Royal Colonel of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry, with the Garter Star and Sash and the Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) star.

He also wore Silver, Gold, Diamond and Platinum Jubilee Medals, the New Zealand Medal and the Canadian Forces Medal.

Prince Edward did not serve in the military but spent a short time as a Royal Marines officer cadet after leaving university in the 1980s.

The Prince of Wales

The Prince of Wales wore the RAF No 1 uniform with the Garter Sash with RAF Pilot Wings and the Garter Star Chest Order.

He also wore the Gold, Diamond and Platinum Jubilee Medals.

William spent seven years in the military, including more than three years as a search and rescue pilot.

The Princess Royal

The Princess Royal wore a Royal Navy full ceremonial uniform in the rank of Admiral.

She wore full-size medals including the Queen’s Service Order, Coronation Medal, the Silver, Gold, Diamond and Platinum Jubilee medals, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (Royal Navy), Canadian Forces Decoration, Order of St John Service Medal and New Zealand 1990 Medal.

Anne wore a decoration of a thistle sash and thistle star, as well as the Most Noble Order of the Garter (Garter Star), the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle (Star), and the Royal Victorian Order (Knight Grand Cross).

She did not serve in the military but holds a number of honours and titles.

Prince Andrew and Prince Harry were both again banned from saluting during the procession to the Abbey today – while other royals including King Charles III, Prince William and Princess Anne all performed the gesture.

Members of the Royal Family saluted when the Queen’s coffin was taken into the Abbey. But Andrew and Harry simply stood still because they were not allowed to wear military uniform, as neither are now working royals.

It comes after Harry and Andrew were also prohibited from saluting at the funeral procession to Westminster Hall last Wednesday.  Andrew did also not salute at the vigil last Monday in Edinburgh for the same reason.

The decision to ban Harry and Andrew from wearing military uniforms in most events following the Queen’s death at Balmoral 11 days ago is a reminder of how both now have limited involvement in the Royal Family.

Prince Harry spent ten years in the Army, but he was stripped of his honorary military titles in 2020 after he and his wife Meghan Markle announced they were stepping down as senior working royals and moving abroad.

His uncle the Duke of York, who was forced to stand down from public life in 2019 over the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, is the only other royal banned from wearing military uniform at the ceremonial events and funeral.

It comes after an extraordinary row over the decision to remove the Queen’s initials from the shoulder of Prince Harry’s military uniform laid bare the depth of his rift with the Royal Family.

The prince was said to have been left ‘devastated’ after receiving his ceremonial dress of the Blues and Royals from Buckingham Palace without the distinctive EIIR cipher on the shoulder.

He wore the uniform to Saturday night’s vigil over the Queen’s coffin alongside the monarch’s seven other grandchildren. Such was his despair, Harry is even said to have considered wearing a morning suit as they were leaving in order to avoid the ’embarrassment’.

William and Harry, both dressed in military uniform, stood at either end of the coffin on Saturday night. They were joined by cousins Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and Lady Louise Windsor and her brother Viscount Severn. 

Harry, who saw action on the front line during two tours of duty in Afghanistan, had previously been told he would have to wear a morning suit as he is no longer a working royal and has been stripped of any honorary military appointments.

However, his father, King Charles, granted permission for his son to wear his old uniform at the vigil inside the Palace of Westminster as a show of respect and unity to the late Queen.

It is understood that no personal slight was intended, and The cipher was removed simply because Harry is no longer an aide-de-camp (ADC) to the Queen after quitting royal duties and handing back his military appointments.

A Personal Aide-de-Camp is an appointment bestowed only on members of the Royal Family holding military rank, including the Prince of Wales.

Nowadays, it is an honorary role with few duties or responsibilities, although historically it would have signified close proximity to the monarch. Harry was awarded the honour in 2018 and it was seen as a sign of his growing responsibility within the monarchy.

But following his acrimonious decision in 2020 to quit as a working royal and seek his fortune in the US, the Queen insisted he withdraw from all responsibilities and appointments. It means he is simply no longer entitled to wear the insignia of an ADC on his uniform.

Much has been made of the fact that the shamed Duke of York was seen in his ADC insignia at Friday night’s vigil by the Queen’s children. 

Andrew was permitted to wear it because, unlike Harry, he did not give the honour back when he relinquished his military associations in January. A spokesman said it was a personal appointment by the Queen.

Questions will undoubtedly be raised, however, as to why Harry was forced to hand the honour back, when his uncle was not.

On Saturday, Prince William was wearing the Blues and Royals, No.1 Uniform, the Garter Sash, the Garter Star, Golden, Diamond and Platinum Jubilee medals and RAF Pilot Wings.

Harry was wearing the Blues and Royals, No.1 Uniform, KCVO Neck Order and Star, Afghanistan Operational Service Medal, Golden, Diamond and Platinum Jubilee medals and Army Pilot Wings.

Harry, however, wore civilian dress for today’s funeral.

Andrew stepped down from public life after the furore over his friendship with paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

He went on to pay millions, with no admission as to liability, to settle a civil sexual assault case to a woman he claimed never to have met.

In January, ahead of his legal settlement, the Queen stripped him of all of his honorary military roles, including Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, and he gave up his HRH style.

Andrew, a former Royal Navy officer who served in the Falklands War, retained his rank as a Vice Admiral, and is expected to wear the coinciding uniform.

Virginia Giuffre, formerly known as Virginia Roberts, sued him for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was 17 after she was trafficked by Epstein. Andrew denied the claims.

At the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April 2021, the dress issue was dealt with by the Queen who decided that no members of the royal family should wear uniform.

The Daily Mail revealed that Andrew had demanded to be allowed to wear his uniform as an honorary vice-admiral of the British royal navy.

Around the time of the Philip’s funeral, Andrew even went to his mother to ask her to back him in the uniform row as she prepared to say goodbye to her beloved husband.

After the Mail’s story broke, it was announced that senior royals would wear morning suits in order to deflect the row. It was a break with tradition but seen as the most eloquent solution to the problem.

Andrew 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.

Today, the Queen’s coffin was taken in a grand military procession from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey for the funeral at 11am.

The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex ahead of the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey today

The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex ahead of the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey today

Members of the royal family march ahead of the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey today

Members of the royal family march ahead of the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey today

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex take part in the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II today

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex take part in the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II today

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