Prince Andrew has reportedly requested to wear his admiral uniform for Prince Phillip’s funeral.
The news comes after it was recently announced that Prince Harry would not be in his uniform either.
Read on for all the details.
It was announced on the morning of April 9th that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, had sadly died.
He was ninety-nine-years-old.
It was no secret that the royal had been struggling with his health for quite some time…
And had undergone many surgeries over the years.
He had previously dealt with complications such as a blocked coronary artery and a bladder infection just days before his ninety-second birthday…
Resulting in the Duke undergoing exploratory abdominal surgery, which he swiftly recovered from.
And in 2015, he retired from public engagements entirely after becoming the longest-standing royal consort in British history.
But soon after, he fell victim to another health issue which involved hip replacement surgery.
Since then, he had been on a tragically rocky path.
However, things truly took a turn for the worst for the royal this year.
On the evening of February 16th, Prince Philip was rushed to hospital after feeling “unwell.”
The Sun reported that he would be spending “a few days” there.
But it was also reported that he was in “good spirits” after being taken to the King Edward VII Hospital in London.
The Duke made a brief recovery…
But from there, things were quick to worsen.
His health deteriorated rapidly…
And last week, we received the news we had all been dreading.
Buckingham Palace announced on Friday, April 9th, that Prince Phillip had tragically passed away at the age of ninety-nine.
He will be greatly missed by all those who know and love the royal family.
In their own statement, the royal family wrote this:
“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. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss. Further announcements will be made in due course.”
Though, of course, all eyes have been on one member of the family in particular.
As you will all be aware, Prince Harry is currently residing in California with his wife, Meghan Markle, and their son, Archie, so, therefore, will have dealt with the loss thousands of miles away from his family.
Almost immediately after Prince Phillip’s death was announced, Harry quickly made plans for his return to the U.K.
He arrived in Heathrow on a British Airways flight at around 1.15 pm yesterday, The Sun reported. He was reportedly met by security off the plane before being driven away in a black Range Rover.
Meghan hasn’t joined him, however, due to medical advice on flying while in her third trimester.
Harry is set to attend Prince Philip’s funeral, which will be taking place on Saturday, April 17th in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
However, it has recently emerged that Harry’s dress code will differ slightly from the rest of the family due to the loss of his military titles.
Harry infamously lost his role as Captain General of the Royal Marines, which he took over from his grandfather, as well as 2 other honorary military positions when stepping back from the monarchy.
This means he cannot wear the official uniforms at events, and will likely arrive at Saturday’s service wearing a suit like other former servicemen.
This will be in stark contrast to his father, Prince Charles, and his brother, the Duke of Cambridge, who are expected to attend in their regimental dress.
But now it seems as though people are calling for another member of the royal family to have his uniform dress code revoked.
It has been reported that Prince Andrew has “requested” that he wear Admiral’s uniform to the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
The disgraced royal was made an honorary Vice-Admiral in the Royal Navy in 2015 and was due to be promoted in 2020 for his 60th birthday but chose to defer the role until he resumes his duties again, which he stepped back from in 2019.
This move came after damaging accusations that he was linked to convicted sex offender, Jeffery Epstein.
But people aren’t happy at all upon hearing his latest “request.”
The Daily Mail reported that the Duke has requested to wear Admiral uniform to his father’s funeral.
A source also told The Independent: “The Duke of York is very keenly aware of Saturday’s funeral being a moment for the Duke of Edinburgh, HM, and the nation.”
“He has neither wish nor intention to distract from that. Speculation on what he may or may not wear is just that, speculation and no matters of this nature have yet been decided upon.
“The Duke of York will do what is appropriate to the circumstances – he remains stepped back from royal duties.”
However, it’s not confirmed if other members of the royal family will wear any form of military dress on Saturday.
In the end, it will be down to the Queen to decide who wears what so we’ll just have to wait and see.
Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.