Prince Andrew has reportedly asked the Queen for permission to wear an Admiral uniform to Prince Philip’s funeral.
The Duke of York told his mother and Senior Royals that he wishes to wear the uniform when attending his father’s farewell, Daily Mail reports.
Despite the request, a Royal source insists the 61-year-old doesn’t want to ‘distract’ from the event.
A source told the publication: “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.”
But the Queen is yet to make a decision on the matter.
“Funeral arrangements are being finalised and we will announce them accordingly,” a Buckingham Palace representative commented.
Prince Andrew’s siblings, Princess Anne and Princess Edward, are said to be attending in military wear, alongside Prince Charles and his son, Prince William – as they each hold honorary roles.
Last year, Prince Harry lost his military titles when he decided to quit his Senior Royal duties.
What military rank is Prince Andrew?
In 2015, Prince Andrew was made an honorary Vice-Admiral in the Royal Navy on his 55th birthday.
However, he was forced to step away from his title and duties in 2019 after being associated with the convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein.
Prince Andrew’s Tribute to Prince Philip
Earlier this week, Prince Andrew paid a tribute to his father. But the BBC received over 400 complaints after it aired.
The Duke told the broadcaster: “The Queen, as you would expect, is an incredibly stoic person.
“She described his passing as a miracle and she’s contemplating. I think is the way that I would put it.
“She described it as having left a huge void in her life. But we, the family, the ones that are close, are rallying round to make sure that we’re there to support her.”
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