Prince Harry and Andrew branded ‘shameful’ over uniform rows before funeral

Prince Harry and Andrew have been branded "shameful" following a row over the ex-working royals wearing military uniforms at Prince Philip's funeral.

Experts said the Queen had enough on her plate with the death of her husband of 73 years last Friday without their "unhelpful" "tantrums", the Sun reports.

Royal biographer Angela Levin said her majesty, 94, has got "much, much more to cope with than deciding on what male family members should wear for her for her adored husband's funeral."

Former BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt added it was "striking that Andrew thought he could use his father's funeral to advance his rehabilitation".

The Duke of York stepped down from official duties after a furore over his links to convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein for which he has denied all wrongdoing.

He reportedly told the Queen and senior officials he wanted to wear an Admiral's uniform and leave Harry the only senior male royal in civilian clothes during the ceremony in Windsor Castle on Saturday.

In a series of tweets Mr Hunt said: "Adapt to survive is a mantra that has, once again, served the royals well.

"Now, Harry won't be the loner in a suit and Andrew won't wear a uniform with extra lace. His attempts to accelerate his rehabilitation have stuttered."

Prince Andrew, 61, was due to be promoted to Admiral on his 60th birthday last year, but offered to defer the role until he cleared his name and returned to public life.

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A Daily Mail source close to The Duke said: “The Duke of York is very keenly aware of Saturday’s funeral being a moment for the Duke of Edinburgh, HM 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.”

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Another royal expert, Robert Johnson, said he hoped that Harry and Andrew would be allowed to wear their military uniforms to the funeral because they were "two guys who have served their Queen and Country on the front line".

Buckingham Palace announced earlier this week that: "Family will be wearing Morning Coat with medals or Day Dress.

"Members of the Royal Family will not be in military uniform."

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Insiders involved in planning for Saturday’s funeral claim the Queen personally stepped in to suggest all senior male royals wear suits and ties.

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

Another source confirmed last night that “current thinking is no uniforms”.

Harry, 36, was stripped of his three military titles when he quit royal duty with wife Meghan.

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