Prince Harry and Prince Andrew can’t greet Queen Elizabeth II in funeral procession because they aren’t royals

King Charles III, his siblings and two sons walked proudly behind Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin as they entered Westminster Abbey for her state funeral this Monday.

But Prince Harry and Prince Andrew, who no longer work royals, stood out in the procession after they were forced to wear black suits because they were denied the right to don their military uniforms.

The pair attracted more attention when the oak-lined coffin arrived at the historic church and hundreds of soldiers, along with members of the royal family, saluted Her Majesty.

Prince Harry and Prince Andrew were unable to participate in the gesture due to their status within the royal family and stood still with their hands by their side.

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Prince Harry retired from royal duties in January 2020 and chose to move to the United States with his wife Meghan Markle.

The Duke of Sussex has served on two trips to Afghanistan and is known for his services, which have earned him a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order Star and the Operational Service Medal.

He still holds the rank of Captain, but is no longer Captain General of the Royal Marines due to his cessation of duties.

Prince Andrew served in the military as a helicopter pilot during the Falklands War, but lost his military titles after outrage over his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.

Prince Harry and Prince Andrew were previously given special permission to wear their military regalia at a special state vigil for the Queen on Saturday night.

The father of two stood next to his brother Prince William in military garb with the Queen’s eight grandchildren during a 15-minute vigil around the Sovereign’s coffin in Westminster Hall during the cleanup.

Prince Andrew received the same treatment when he stood next to his siblings, all dressed in their military uniforms, at a wake the day before.

Despite being allowed to wear the military attire, Prince Harry had the Queen’s initials — ER (Elizabeth Regina) — stripped off the shoulders of his uniform.

The initials may only be worn by people serving in the military.

According to, the prince was “heartbroken” by the decision, which is said to have been exacerbated after Prince Andrew was seen wearing the initials.

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