Prince Andrew wants to wear an admiral’s uniform to Prince Philip’s funeral regardless of withdrawing from the high-ranking Royal Navy place over his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, in accordance to a report Wednesday.
The scandal-scarred Duke of York, 61, requested that he be granted permission from Queen Elizabeth and senior officers to wear the military apparel to a ceremony laying his father to relaxation on Saturday, in accordance to the Each day Mail.
The royal matriarch, 94, is anticipated to decide by Thursday.
“Individuals have opinions and there are ongoing discussions about the correct plan of action,” an unnamed supply informed the outlet. “The Duke of York could be very keenly conscious of Saturday’s funeral being a second for the Duke of Edinburgh, [Her Majesty] and the nation. He has neither want nor intention to distract from that.”
In 2019, Prince Andrew stepped again from all of his 230 posts — together with the place of honorary vice admiral of the Royal Navy — after giving a disastrous TV interview about his ties to the late multimillionaire pedophile.
Andrew has been accused by one in every of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Giuffre, of getting intercourse along with her thrice — together with twice when she was 17 years previous — which he has denied.
If the duke just isn’t granted permission to wear the admiral get-up, which features a ceremonial day coat with rows of lace on the sleeve, he’ll probably solely be allowed to wear a morning go well with with medals, the outlet reported.
In the meantime, all of Prince Andrew’s siblings — Prince Edward, Princess Anne and Prince Charles — are anticipated to wear military garb to the occasion.
Prince Andrew’s request has not modified his choice to step again from the title of vice admiral, the unnamed supply mentioned.
“The Duke of York will do what is suitable to the circumstances — he stays stepped again from royal duties,” the supply mentioned. “Hypothesis on what he could or could not wear is simply that, hypothesis, and no issues of this nature have but been determined upon.”
Prince Andrew joined the Royal Navy as a seaman officer and served from 1979 to 2001. In 2015, he was made an honorary vice admiral of the service.
Buckingham Palace declined to remark Tuesday evening, saying solely that “funeral preparations are being finalized and we are going to announce them accordingly.”