King Charles III, Prince William and other close family members failed to greet Prince Harry at Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral. Why?
Before the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022), King Charles III. (73), Princess Anne (72), Prince Edward (58) and Prince William (40) greeted outside Westminster Abbey in London. Prince Harry (38) was also in training with his father, brother, aunt and uncles. But while family members held hands in the hat in honor of the Queen, the Duke of Sussex and his uncle Prince Andrew (62) kept their hands down. Why?
Changed roles in the royal family
This is due to the changing roles of the two princes. Saluting is a military custom used by a soldier to show respect to a superior. With his retirement as a senior royal, Prince Harry also said goodbye to his military uniform and customs. For this reason, the former army officer could not salute next to his family members. Prince Andrew fell out of favor after his involvement in the Epstein scandal and also had to step down.
For this reason, the two princes – unlike other close family members – did not appear in military uniform for the state funeral. It was only following the royal grandchildren on Sunday at the Queen’s coffin that King Charles allowed his son to wear his military uniform. The same goes for Prince Andrew on Friday night, when he held a wake with the Queen’s children.