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Prince Harry marks ‘upsetting’ decision to strip him of military titles and uniform by sporting sombre suit at Jubilee

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Prince Harry is being forced to abide by the royal ban on him sporting his military uniform at the Jubilee credit:Bang Showbiz
Prince Harry is being forced to abide by the royal ban on him sporting his military uniform at the Jubilee credit:Bang Showbiz

Prince Harry is marking the “upsetting” decision to strip him of his military titles and uniform by sporting a dark suit at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The 37-year-old former soldier’s controversial decision to step down as a senior working royal led to him being barred from holding royal titles, which included Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington in Suffolk and Commodore-in-Chief, Small Ships and Diving, Royal Naval Command.

He also had his role as Captain-General of the Royal Marines, bestowed on him by his late grandfather Prince Philip, taken from him as part of the ‘Megxit’ deal that saw him and his ex-actress wife Meghan, 40, quitting Britain for America.

The Prince was said to have urged the Queen, 96, to let him keep his titles, but the plan for him to be “half-in, half-out” of the royal family was vetoed.

Harry had also wanted to maintain the title of Captain-General of the Royal Marines but was unable to do so.

The moves were said to leave him devastated as he twice served in Afghanistan and supports wounded veterans through his Invictus Games event.

Harry and Meghan’s jubilee appearance is their first official engagement in more than two years.

Their daughter Lilibet – due to turn one on Saturday – has never been introduced to her royal relatives, despite being named in honour of the Queen, while the couple’s son Archie, three, has not been in the UK since he was six months old.

Harry’s lack of uniform was in stark contrast to the military-linked finery sported by senior royals and those involved in the Trooping of the Colour today. (02.06.22)

He has been allowed to wear his Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan and those for the Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilees at events since he was stripped of his honorary military titles.

Among the decorations on his military uniform were his Army Air Corps Wings, which he received in 2010 upon completion of advanced helicopter training.

He normally wore these on his left side, above the military medals.

The Queen was said to have long insisted it was not sustainable for Harry and Meghan to be “half-in, half-out” of the royal family after starting a new life in California.

A source told The Times in 2021: “There was no choice. The reality of not being able to have their cake and eat it is finally dawning on him. I am sure it is really painful for him. He is very upset to be in this spot.

“You cannot confuse representing the institution and the head of state with the sort of commercial operations that they intend to run.”

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