Why Prince Harry Will Have to Wear a Suit to Prince Philip’s Funeral, Unlike Prince Charles and Prince William

The world is mourning the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Last week, it was announced that the Prince had died while in his home at Windsor Castle. While the funeral arrangements were being made, some royal fans wondered if Prince Harry would return to England to attend his grandfather’s funeral. Harry has now arrived in the U.K., sans Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and plans to attend Philip’s services, however he won’t be allowed to wear the traditional clothing that his brother, Prince William, and father, Prince Charles, will be donning.

Prince William and Prince Harry standing with their arms at their sides during the centenary commemorative service in Canada
Prince William and Prince Harry | Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Prince Philip’s death

On April 9, it was announced that the prince had died.

“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the royal family’s official Instagram account announced.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle,” the post continued. “The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss. Further announcements will be made in due course.

Prince Harry is in the U.K. but Meghan Markle will not attend the funeral

Things have been a bit tense between Harry and the rest of his family lately. In 2020, he and his wife announced that they would be stepping down from their roles as working members of the royal family. Then, in their recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, they revealed that the royal family had been less than sympathetic and refused to help Meghan when she went to them for help after having suicidal thoughts. The two also revealed that someone in the family had expressed concerns about how dark Meghan and Harry’s child, Archie, would be.

Now that Philip has died, the royals will reunite with Harry, however, Meghan will not be able to attend the funeral.

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“Prince Harry will attend his grandfather’s funeral on Saturday (following all U.S. and U.K. Covid-19 protocols in the process),” royal reporter Omid Scobie tweeted. “A source adds that Meghan, who is heavily pregnant, made ‘every effort’ to travel but didn’t receive medical clearance from her physician.”

Why Prince Harry’s funeral attire will be different than his family’s

When Prince Harry and Meghan decided not to return to the royal family after their year of trial separation, the pair were stripped of their royal patronages and charitable associations like The Royal Marines, RAF Honington, Royal Navy Small Ships and Diving, The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, The Rugby Football Union, The Rugby Football League, The Royal National Theatre, and The Association of Commonwealth Universities.

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According to Hello Magazine, since Harry lost his role as the Captain General of the Royal Marines, a position that he took over from Philip in 2017, he will not be wearing the uniform to the funeral. Charles, William, and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, are all expected to attend the funeral in their military uniforms.

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, is also expected to attend the funeral in normal clothing after stepping back from his role as a working royal due to his connection with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.