Harry subtle ‘dig’ at Royal Family for stopping him wearing military uniform
Prince Harry made a subtle 'dig' at the Royal Family's decision to block him from wearing military uniform after he and Meghan Markle stepped back from The Firm.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said in January 2020 that they would like to "step back as 'senior' members" of the British royal family, split their time between the United Kingdom and North America, and become financially independent.
Harry gave a speech yesterday (September 16) at the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games – the sporting competition he started for wounded servicemen and women, with comment on wearing the uniform.
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The Duke appeared to reference how after he left the Royal Family in January 2020 and formally returned his royal patronages and honorary military appointments to the Queen.
He said: "So many of you have told me that hit you right here. For many of you the uniform you’ve been wearing this past week will give you a new story to tell.
"And for others it may give your old uniform new meaning.
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"But I’m here to remind you that after all of this, you don’t need to rely on a uniform, nor should you feel lost without one. Because everything you need is already within you."
Until February 2021, Harry held the honorary ranks of Captain General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Commandant, RAF Honington, and Commodore-in-Chief, Small Ships and Diving, Royal Naval Command.
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He had served in Afghanistan twice as part of a distinguished 10-year military career but was not allowed to wear military uniform at the Queen's final vigil, however disgraced Prince Andrew was.
For Prince Philip's funeral in 2021, the Queen decided to resolve the tensions around which royals would wear uniforms by making them all wear civilian dress.
Harry added in his speech: "Next year – we’ve got a lot to look forward to – The Invictus Games Foundation 10-year anniversary – yes, 10 years. And then it’s off to Vancouver Whistler 2025.. bring it on."
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