Prince Andrew has demanded to wear full military attire during Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday, according to reports. The Duke of York has requested to attend as an Admiral, even though he only holds the rank of honorary Vice-Admiral. Royal Central said the decision will have to come down to the Queen.
They wrote that the rank he would be able to attend as will be confirmed within the next 24 hours.
Andrew was supposed to be made an Admiral in the Royal Navy to mark his 60th birthday last year.
However, the Duke had to turn down the promotion after stepping back from public life.
This was due to backlash that he received from a BBC Newsnight interview in which he broke his silence on his friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
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At the time, a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “By convention, the Duke of York would be in line for military promotion on his 60th birthday.
“Following the decision by His Royal Highness to step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, the Duke of York has asked the Ministry of Defence if this promotion might be deferred until such time that His Royal Highness returns to public duty.”
The Queen’s son stepped back from royal duties in November 2019.
He said he was withdrawing for the “foreseeable future” as the Epstein scandal had become a “major disruption” to the Royal Family.
The Duke of Sussex could end up in a morning suit with medals on it.
All of these decisions come down to the Queen, who is continuing to work even while she mourns.
A source close to The Duke told The Independent: “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.”