The Duke of Sussex “devastated” after being prevented from having the initials ER on his uniform

The Duke of Sussex “devastated” after being prevented from having the initials ER on his uniform

The Duke of Sussex in Westminster Hall without his grandmother's initials on his shoulder.  The letters

The Duke of Sussex in Westminster Hall without his grandmother’s initials on his shoulder. The letters “ER” can be seen on the shoulder of the Prince of Wales – JESSICA TAYLOR / UK PARLIMENT

The Duke of Sussex was “devastated” after being denied the right to wear his grandmother’s initials ER on the shoulder of his military uniform, it has emerged.

On Saturday evening, Prince Harry organized a grim 15-minute vigil at Queen Elizabeth’s coffin with her seven cousins ​​in Westminster Hall.

He had been granted a special dispensation by the king to wear the number 1 Blues and Royals uniform, despite not being a royal worker.

But the apparent unity scene played at Westminster Hall belied the resentment behind the scenes.

The day before, the Duke had been stunned when he received his uniform from Buckingham Palace.

Opening the carefully tailored suits at Frogmore House, her home on the Windsor estate, she found that the initials ER on the shoulder pads were missing.

The aiguillettes – ornamental braided cord – which go hand in hand with the figure had also been removed.

Such decorations can only be worn by the ruler’s personal aides-de-camp.

The duke was appointed to the honorary role in October 2018 but was deprived of it in February 2021 when it was confirmed that he would not be returning to royal duties, meaning he did not have the right to wear them.

The Prince of Wales is thought to have removed his aiguillettes in an attempt to appease the Duke of Sussex, his brother - Getty Images

The Prince of Wales is thought to have removed his aiguillettes in an attempt to appease the Duke of Sussex, his brother – Getty Images

Nonetheless, it triggered a furious exchange of phone calls and messages that has not yet been resolved on Friday night.

Such was his frustration, that he is said to have considered wearing a morning gown to wake to avoid humiliation.

The duke was told it would be fixed upon his arrival at Westminster Hall, but when he finally emerged in public, he was wearing the uniform sent by the palace.

Meanwhile, the Prince of Wales, who also wore uniform No. 1 Blues and Royals, wore the late queen’s ER number but lacked her aiguillettes, despite the fact that he wore them on his uniform no. 1 of the RAF for the procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on Wednesday.

It is thought that he may have removed them for waking in an attempt to appease his brother.

Grandchildren of Queen Elizabeth II the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Sussex, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor, James, Viscount Severn, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips - PA / Ian McIlgorm / Mail on Sunday

Grandchildren of Queen Elizabeth II the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Sussex, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor, James, Viscount Severn, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips – PA / Ian McIlgorm / Mail on Sunday

As a result, experts admitted that he was not dressed properly, a detail that would not have escaped the late queen, an advocate of these things.

On Friday, Prince William told Commonwealth soldiers preparing for the funeral that his grandmother would “look down on Monday, hoping all was well.”

He said he thought the late queen would study military details and drills, something she had always loved to do.

The Duke of York, who was also granted a special dispensation to wear military uniform for a vigil at his mother’s coffin on Friday night, wore the cipher and aiguillettes.

Despite being stripped of his honorary military roles and patronage by the late queen in January, he remained in the position of aide-de-camp.

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