Harry not allowed to wear military uniform at events mourning death of Queen - but Andrew can

·Breaking News Editor, Yahoo News UK
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The Duke of Sussex and Duchess of Sussex meeting members of the public at Windsor Castle in Berkshire following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday. Picture date: Saturday September 10, 2022.
The Duke of Sussex and Duchess of Sussex meeting members of the public at Windsor Castle on Thursday.(PA)

The Duke of Sussex will not be allowed to wear military uniforms to events commemorating the Queen, Yahoo News UK understands - even though Prince Andrew has been given permission to wear his at the final vigil in Westminster Hall as a "special mark of respect".

On Monday, it emerged that the Duke of York will be back in military uniform for the last vigil around the Queen's coffin while it sits in Westminster Hall.

He has not been granted permission to wear it for the state funeral or other ceremonial elements in the coming days.

Working members - which includes nether Andrew nor Harry - of the royal family will wear uniform when present at five ceremonial events during this period of mourning the Queen.

These are the Service of Thanksgiving at St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh, the procession to Westminster Hall and service of prayer and reflection, the Vigil at Westminster Hall, the state funeral at Westminster Abbey and the Committal Service at St George’s Chapel Windsor.

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The Princess Royal curtseys the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped with the Royal Standard of Scotland, as it arrives at Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, where it will lie in rest for a day.. Picture date: Sunday September 11, 2022.
The Princess Royal curtseys the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped with the Royal Standard of Scotland, as it arrives at Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh. (PA)

But as a non-working member of the royal family, the Duke of York will not wear uniform, sources said, except as a special mark of respect for the Queen at the final vigil in Westminster Hall.

Now, Yahoo News UK understands that the Duke of Sussex has not been given permission to wear his military uniform at any point. Neither Harry nor William are attending the vigil in Westminster Hall, which is only for the Queen's children - Charles, Andrew, Anne and Edward.

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It is likely to be a major blow to Harry, who served two tours in Afghanistan during a decade in the Army. He lost his honorary military titles after deciding to step down as a senior working royal in 2020

Andrew, the late monarch’s second son, stepped away from public life amid the fallout over his friendship with paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

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

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meeting members of the public at Windsor Castle in Berkshire following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday. Picture date: Saturday September 10, 2022.
Harry was stripped of his honorary military titles after he stepped down as a working royal in 2020. (PA)
The Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex viewing the messages and floral tributes left by members of the public at Windsor Castle in Berkshire following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday. Picture date: Saturday September 10, 2022.
The Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex viewing the messages and floral tributes left by members of the public at Windsor Castle. (PA)

In March, he paid millions to settle a civil sexual assault case with Virginia Giuffre, although the agreement made no admission of any guilt and Andrew maintains his innocence.

Andrew, a former Royal Navy officer who served in the Falklands War, has retained his rank as a Vice Admiral.