Reason Prince Harry and Prince Andrew did not salute as they passed the cenotaph during Queens procession

As the Queen’s coffin made its way to Westminster Hall from Buckingham Palace with the Royal Family in tow, many noticed that Prince Harry and Prince Andrew failed to salute during the late monarch's coffin procession.

It’s since come to light that the two royals were reportedly forbidden from saluting, and were told to bow their heads to show their respect instead.

This comes because Harry and Andrew were not in military uniform, unlike the likes of Princess Anne, Prince William and King Charles III.

The pair wore morning suits for the sad affair rather than uniform as they are no longer working royals.

In addition to this, Prince Andrew was stripped of his military titles last year but retained his rank as a Vice Admira.

In light of the Duke of Sussex being banned from wearing his military uniform, fans of his hit out at the odd rule and insisted that the 37 year old had “every right” to wear one as he served his country for ten years.

One person wrote passionately on Twitter: "#PrinceHarry has earned his medals. He served for 10 years, undertaking two tours in Afghanistan. He now serves those troops across the world with the #InvictusGames. He deserves to wear his uniform with pride."

While another chimed: "Harry has every right to wear his military uniform. Megan didn't refuse to go to Balmoral when the Queen died, she wasn't invited. And they have no need to apologise to William and Kate."

Another referenced his emotional tribute to his grandmother, saying : "’To meeting you for the first time as my Commander-in-chief’. They can spitefully deny Prince Harry the right to wear his uniform, but not many other royals can properly call The Queen commander-in-chief. 2 tours to iraq and Afghanistan and founder of #InvictusGames," with a praise hands emoji.

Harry went on to release a statement addressing the matter, and insisted that his service isn’t defined by wearing a uniform.

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A spokesperson for the Duke of Sussex said, as per Omid Scobie's Twitter: “[Prince Harry] will wear a morning suit throughout events honouring his grandmother.

"His decade of military service is not determined by the uniform he wears and we respectfully ask that focus remain on the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

While Harry spoke out on the matter, his uncle, Prince Andrew, has not.

Before her passing, Andrew’s thought to have expressed his desire to become a working royal again to the Queen, but the decision will now be left in his brother, King Charles III’s hands.


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