Prince Andrew needs to put on an admiral uniform to Prince Philip’s funeral regardless of withdrawing from the high-ranking Royal Naval place over his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, in keeping with a report Wednesday.
The scandal-scarred Duke of York, 61, requested that he be granted permission from Queen Elizabeth and senior officers to put on the army apparel to a ceremony laying his father to relaxation on Saturday, in keeping with The Day by day Mail.
The royal matriarch, 94, is anticipated to decide by Thursday.
“Individuals have opinions and there are ongoing discussions about the suitable plan of action,” an unnamed supply informed the outlet. “The Duke of York may 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 within 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 twice when she was 17 years previous, which he has denied.
If the duke shouldn’t be granted permission to put on the admiral get-up, which features a ceremonial day coat with rows of lace on the sleeve, he’ll possible solely be allowed to put on 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 put on army garb to the occasion.
Prince Andrew’s request has not modified his resolution to step again from the title of vice admiral, the unnamed supply stated.
“The Duke of York will do what is acceptable to the circumstances — he stays stepped again from royal duties,” the supply stated. “Hypothesis on what he might or might not put on 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 within the Royal Navy.
Buckingham Palace declined to remark Tuesday evening, saying solely that “funeral preparations are being finalized and we are going to announce them accordingly.”