Prince Harry ‘heartbroken’ over lack of detail

Prince Harry 'heartbroken' over lack of detail

The Queen’s grandchildren stood vigil in her coffin at Westminster Cathedral. Video / @RoyalFamily

The Duke of Sussex joined William and the Queen’s six other grandchildren to hold a vigil over her coffin – but one important detail was missing.

Prince Harry was reportedly “heartbroken” after the Queen’s initials “ER” were removed from his military uniform – while his disgraced uncle Prince Andrew was allowed to keep his.

The Duke of Sussex joined Prince William and the Queen’s six other grandchildren to hold a vigil over Her Majesty’s coffin on Saturday night (Sunday morning New Zealand time).

He received extraordinary permission to wear his Blues and Royals uniform, including the medals he won during two trips to Afghanistan.

But one important detail was missing – the ER insignia which stands for Elizabeth Regina (Queen Elizabeth in Latin).

Prince Andrew – who is also no longer a royal official – was not only allowed to wear his uniform, but was also allowed to bear his mother’s initials during a vigil alongside the King, Princess Anne and Prince Edward at the last night.

Prince William and Prince Harry watch the Queen's grandchildren vigil around the coffin.  Photo/AP
Prince William and Prince Harry watch the Queen’s grandchildren vigil around the coffin. Photo/AP

Prince Harry was given permission to wear his Blues and Royals uniform, including the medals he won during two trips to Afghanistan.  But one important detail was missing.  Photo/AP
Prince Harry was given permission to wear his Blues and Royals uniform, including the medals he won during two trips to Afghanistan. But one important detail was missing. Photo/AP

Harry was so “devastated” by the ban on wearing the initials ER on his shoulder that he considered ditching his military attire for a simple morning suit, the Sunday Times reported.

Initials are to be used only by persons “in the service” of the monarch.

A friend told the paper: “He is heartbroken. Removing his grandmother’s initials seems very intentional.”

Prince Andrew wore his initials on his Royal Navy vice admiral’s uniform.

Prince Andrew (front) wore the initials ER at the Vigil of the Princes.  Photo/AP
Prince Andrew (front) wore the initials ER at the Vigil of the Princes. Photo/AP

The move could end any chance of her relationship with her father, the king and William improving.

There was a glimmer of hope that the rival brothers would put their differences aside following the death of their grandmother at age 96.

They banded together outside Windsor Castle as they found supporters alongside their wives Kate Middleton – the new Princess of Wales – and Meghan Markle, who disagreed.

Harry has also not been invited to a state event later on Sunday, which will see Charles and royals welcome world leaders to Buckingham Palace.

The brothers, however, spent a short time talking to each other on Thursday after a chance meeting.

William was returning from picking up his children from school when he passed Harry and Meghan at the Windsor estate, according to the Sunday Times. It is said that they stopped and talked briefly.

Kate also implicitly referred to Harry and Meghan while talking to a member of the public while watching floral tributes left at the Sandringham Royal Estate in Norfolk, South East England.

She said the royal family is “coming together and sharing each other’s pain and helping each other cope”.

William told another mourner that walking behind the queen’s coffin as it was carried in a carriage of arms from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, where she is lying in state, brought back memories of taking part in the procession behind her mother, the princess. Diana after her death in 1997.

“It brought back some memories. It’s one of those moments where you think: I’ve prepared for this, but I’m not ready.”

Prince Harry still plans to publish his memoir about life in the royal family later this year, with the palace worried about any bombshell similar to his and Meghan’s interview with Oprah last year.

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