OPINION – While I don’t usually engage in ‘royals watching,’ or commenting on them, the fact that newly installed King Charles banned his disgraced brother Prince Andrew and wayward son Prince Harry from wearing their military uniforms at the Queens’ funeral caught my attention.
Apparently, this also caught the attention of a lot of people on the internet.
According to one military expert: “This decision will have been taken at the highest level,” meaning Charles himself. “There is no other way of looking at it but as a firm put down.”
The King’s decision means that both Prince Harry and Prince Andrew will be the only adult Royals in civilian morning suits for the huge ceremony, at Westminster Abbey, on Monday, September 19.
Some Harry fans were aghast that Charles would deny his son the opportunity to wear his uniform to his grandmother’s funeral after his well-documented 10-year army career, and especially considering the queen’s pride at her grandson’s service.
The Telegraph’s associate editor Camilla Tominey, called it a “petty” move.
The queen’s pride was evident in a photo taken during the Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, in 2006 where the queen is seen beaming at Harry.
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Unlike other uniform-wearing, bemedaled Royals, Harry actually saw active service during his two tours of Afghanistan from 2007 to 2008 and from 2012 and 2013 – something I always respected.
Less controversial was Charles banning Andrew from wearing his uniform, even though he also saw active service, flying helicopters in the 1982 Falklands war.
Andrew’s close ties to convicted billionaire sex trafficker Jeffery Epstein has made him radioactive among the Royal family, and the public at large.
Even though the Queen stripped them both of their military titles, Harry’s situation is different.
Harry had to give up his appointments when he voluntarily stepped away from his royal duties and moved to California with his whiny, woke, attention-seeking, ex-Hollywood wife, Meghan Markle.
While not as vile as Andrew’s actions, their constant attention-grabbing at the royal family’s expense has made Harry a bit of a royal pariah as well.
And rightfully so.
Harry is expected to soon publish his autobiography, and many worry that Harry will use the memoir to air more grievances against his family and father and his stepmother, Camilla, the Queen consort.
Harry’s behavior has been horrendous, and his wife’s, even worse.
Still, some argue that Harry is being treated unfairly, especially since Charles granted Andrew an exception to wear his Royal Navy dress uniform for a single event related to the funeral, a final vigil at Westminster Hall.
Andrew was reportedly given this one exception because he was the Queen’s son, and this small vigil is for the queen’s children only – Harry isn’t included.
So, while I may have preferred no exception be made to his uniform ban, there is some logic to that.
Do I think Charles was right to ban Harry and Andrew from wearing their uniforms for the funeral?
One is a worm, the other a weasel. Guess which is which.
Andrew disgraced himself and his family, especially his mother, through his connection to Epstein.
And Harry brought untold anguish to his grandmother, the queen, with his incessant whining and publicity seeking nonsense at the family’s expense.
Both lost their right to wear their uniforms. Charles did the right thing.