Prince Andrew barred by Queen from causing ‘distraction’ at Philip’s funeral with outfit

Prince Andrew wears military attire for 2019 royal engagement

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The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s third child stepped down from public duties in November 2019 “for the foreseeable future” after an embarrassing interview Newsnight where he discussed his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The father of Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice has rarely been seen since stepping down from the royal spotlight, but he spoke about Philip to reporters at a special service at the Royal Chapel in Windsor Great Park on Sunday. He described the Duke, who had died peacefully two days earlier at the age of 99, as “the grandfather of the nation”.

Andrew will be seen again attending Philip’s televised funeral on Saturday at Windsor Castle and his outfit has already been speculated due to his stripped back role in the Firm.

At the Queen Mother’s funeral in 2002, Andrew wore a Royal Naval Commander uniform, but is reportedly did not want to “distract” any attention from his father by being scrutinised for what he wears.

A source close to Andrew told MailOnline: “The Duke of York is very keenly aware of Saturday’s funeral being a moment for the Duke of Edinburgh, HM (Her Majesty) 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, the Queen is said to have now intervened by suggesting all senior male royals wear suits and ties rather than military uniforms.

A military source told The Sun: “It’s the most eloquent solution to the problem.”

Andrew joined the Royal Navy in 1979 as a Seaman Officer and finished his active naval career in 2001, before becoming a Vice-Admiral after he was awarded the rank on his 55th birthday.

An Admiral ceremonial day coat has three rows of lace on the sleeve, whilea Vice-Admiral’s two rows on it.

The Admiral’s shoulder rank board also has a crossed baton and sword with four stars emblazoned on it, but a Vice-Admiral has three stars.

Andrew is not the only member of the Royal Family that had raised speculation over his outfit for the ceremony.

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Prince Harry was stripped of his military titles after he quit as a senior member of the Royal Family last year.

He is now a former captain with the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals) and so will only permitted to wear a morning suit with medals.

Buckingham Palace has not confirmed what the royals will be wearing by issuing a statement that said: “Funeral arrangements are being finalised and we will announce them accordingly.”

Harry held the titles: Captain-General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Force Commandant of the Royal Air Force Base Honington, and Honorary Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Naval Commands’ Small Ships and Diving.

Harry and Meghan are said to have wanted to keep their roles with the military, arts, Commonwealth and sporting organisations.

A source said Harry and Meghan had “absolutely, no question” they wanted to retain the positions they had lost.

They said: “They do respect the decision but they always made clear they were committed to doing the roles.”

Meanwhile, Andrew spoke of his love for Philip at the weekend.

He said: “I loved him as a father. He was so calm…He was always someone you could go to and he would always listen.

“We’ve lost almost the grandfather of the nation.”

“I feel very sorry and supportive of my mother, who’s feeling it, I think, probably more than everyone else.

“The Queen, as you’d expect, is an incredibly stoic person. She described his passing as a miracle. She’s contemplating, I think is the way that I would put it.

“She described it as having left a huge void in her life, but we, the family, the ones that are close to her, are rallying around to make sure we are there to support her.”

Harry also said: “My grandfather was a man of service, honour and great humour. He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm – and also because you never knew what he might say next.

“He will be remembered as the longest reigning consort to the Monarch, a decorated serviceman, a Prince and a Duke.

“But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right ’til the end.”

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