Prince Harry, in uniform, joins Prince William in Vigil for the Queen

He may be low in sixth in line to the throne, but all eyes were on him Prince Harry This afternoon when she and her brother William came together to lead the surveillance at their coffin by the Queen’s eight grandchildren on Saturday afternoon.

The gesture represented a gender-blind update on the so-called “Vigilance of the Princes” established after the death of George VI, and was the latest determined attempt by the palace to show unity between the brothers.

Widely interpreted as an attempt to show that Harry was not being abused by the Crown, he was allowed to wear his military uniform Not being an active member of the Services.

Harry was initially told that he would not be allowed to wear the uniform at any nearby events. death of his grandmother, but on Friday the rules were amended to allow them to wear uniforms for surveillance. He is expected to wear a morning suit at the Queen’s state funeral on Monday.

Grandsons of the late Queen Elizabeth II (L to R): Lady Louise Windsor; Princess Beatrice of York; Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex; Prince William, Prince of Wales; James, Viscount Severn; and Princess Eugenie of York.

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Legally in the UK, only serving members are allowed to wear the uniform, although exemptions may be granted.

However, the palace was determined not to suggest that such a pass be extended to Harry, who eventually issued a statement that appeared to acknowledge that fact and draw a line under it. It said: “Prince Harry will wear a morning suit to all events in honor of his grandmother. The decade of his military service is not determined by the uniform he wears and we respectfully ask that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s life and legacy be Be focused.”

Inevitably now the question will be asked why Harry, who sees active service in Afghanistan, cannot wear the uniform on Monday.

Harry and William were joined by the Queen’s six other grandchildren; Andrew’s children Beatrice and Eugenie, Anne’s children Zara and Peter, and Edward’s children Lady Louise and Viscount James.

In the few surreal scenes, the public, many of whom appeared disoriented after facing up to 15 hours of queues to see and pay respects to the coffin, continued to record past while the grandchildren waited 15 minutes. kept watch.

Harry looked sad, standing with his head bowed.

She and William stood at opposite ends of the coffin, facing outward. None of the grandchildren made eye contact with anyone else during surveillance or entering and exiting Westminster Hall.

royal biographer and writer Christopher Anderson told The Daily Beast: “Harry admitted that when he walked behind his mother’s coffin – through a ‘tunnel of sorrow’ – as Early Spencer called it – he wondered why people were crying in the streets When they never knew Diana. Harry has said in the past that just living in London is ‘triggering’, so in a way, he’s going to be suffering from PTSD symptoms over the next few days. People for William and Harry It will be much more difficult than imagined, because, at a certain level, they will feel relieved from their mother’s tragic death and its aftermath.

Beatrice and Eugenie released a statement shortly before the vigil began in the form of an address to their ‘Granny’.

“You were our parents, our guide, our loving hand on our back carrying us into this world. You taught us so much and we will cherish those lessons and memories forever. For now dear Granny All we want to say is thank you. Thank you for making us laugh, for joining us, for taking heather and raspberries, for marching soldiers, for our tea, for the rest, for the joy. You, you Being that, will never know the impact you have made on our family and so many people around the world.”

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