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Queen to decide if Harry can use HRH title at Prince Philip’s funeral

Prince Harry and William: Morton discusses Prince Philip’s funeral

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The Duke of Edinburgh passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle on Friday and his funeral is set to place on Saturday. Following news of his death, Prince Harry flew back to the UK, without his wife Meghan Markle, to attend the funeral.

When Harry and Meghan stepped down from their senior roles in the Royal Family, they gave up using their “HRH” titles.

It is believed he could be referred as simply as the “Duke of Sussex” for the service but it is up to the Queen to make the final decision.

According to reports, Harry – who was stripped of his military titles – will not be expected to wear his military uniform during the funeral.

On the other hand, Prince William could wear his military uniform at the service for his grandfather.

Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams said anything which would “distinguish” the brothers is likely to be avoided.

He said: “This is obviously very sensitive.

“Anything that distinguished the brothers in that way, which would be so obvious for anyone watching, would probably be avoided.

“The whole thing we do not want is any form of rift.

“I’d suggest it would be handled in such a way as it goes totally smoothly without a hitch, and there are no issues.

“My opinion is that they would do anything possible to make sure that the spotlight on this very, very important day is where it should be, and that’s on truly remarkable achievements of someone with superhuman energy who did so much for Queen and country.”

Earlier this year, it was announced Harry would be stripped of his honorary military titles.

He no longer holds the positions of Captain-General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington and Commodore-in-Chief, Small Ships and Diving.

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As a result, he is no longer allowed to wear the corresponding uniforms at official events.

Harry is allowed to wear his medals, however.

Prince Philip’s sad passing comes just weeks after Meghan and Harry’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

During the explosive interview, the couple made several shocking accusations about their time as members of the Royal Family.

The couple alleged there were “concerns and conversations” within the family before Archie was born about “how dark his skin might be”.

Both Harry and Meghan have refused to name the royal they allege made the comments.

However, Ms Winfrey revealed the couple told her it wasn’t either the Queen or Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince Philip’s funeral will take place at 3pm on Saturday, April 17.

The ceremony will be held at St George’s Chapel, on the grounds of Windsor Castle, and will be televised.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, just 30 people will be allowed to attend, socially distanced.

The list of guests has not yet been announced, though it has been confirmed Prince Harry will attend.

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