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Prince Harry ‘heartbroken’ after Queen’s initials were removed from uniform

The Duke of Sussex was “heartbroken” to find that Queen Elizabeth II’s initials “ER” had been removed from the shoulder of his military uniform when he was wearing it to guard, it has been reported.

Prince Harry gave his Blues and Royals uniform for the first time since 2020 at the request of King Charles III when he stood guard at his grandmother’s coffin on Saturday evening (September 17).

But the duke’s uniform was noticeably missing the late monarch’s initials, which appeared on the shoulders of the Prince of Wales and the disgraced uniforms of the Duke of York.

According to the Sunday TimesHarry was “devastated” by the change and considered wearing his mourning suit instead to avoid “humiliation”.

The newspaper quoted a source as saying:[Harry] is heartbroken. It feels very intentional to remove his grandmother’s initials.”

Harry was initially not expected to wear his military uniform as he was stripped of his military honors after he retired from royal life in 2020 and moved to California with his wife Meghan Markle and his children.

But the king backtracked on the decision after public criticism over the fact that Prince Andrew was allowed to wear his vice admiral uniform at the children’s vigil on Friday night (September 16).

Andrew was also stripped of his military honors in January after being charged with alleged assault by a victim of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, with whom the Duke was associated.

He denied all charges, claiming that he never met Virginia Giuffre, who had brought the case against him. Both sides reached a multi-million-pound settlement in February to prevent the case from going to civil trial.

Harry and Prince William had their cousins ​​watch around the Queen’s coffin while wearing their No. 1 Blues and Royals uniform.

They both wore their gold, diamond and platinum anniversary medals, while Harry also wore his Afghanistan service medal.

Harry, who served in the military for 10 years, rose to the rank of captain and served two voyages in Afghanistan during his time on the front lines.

The grandchildren’s wake marks Harry’s only opportunity to wear his military uniform.

He will be dressed in civilian clothes for other official events, including the Queen’s state funeral on Monday (September 19). He wore a mourning suit to march in the coffin parade from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on Wednesday (September 14).

The independent has contacted Buckingham Palace for comment.

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