Meghan pal claims Harry knew he would wear a suit in Philip funeral uniform row

Prince Harry did not want to wear ceremonial dress for his grandfather Prince Philip's funeral and he knew he would wear a morning suit from the very beginning, a royal expert said.

The Duke of Sussex and Prince Andrew have been branded "shameful" over an alleged row to wear military uniforms at the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral.

A report from the Daily Mail stated Harry had wanted to wear the Blues and Royals dress uniform he wore on his wedding day in May 2018.

The final decision announced by Buckingham Palace set all royal family members to wear Morning Coat with medals or Day Dress only.

Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie debunked the rumours of the alleged row and said it "just wasn't the case".

Speaking on Royally Obsessed podcast, Omid, who is also a close friend of Meghan Markle, said: "It was my first question to a source close to Harry before he had even come over [to the UK] – has much thought gone into dress for the occasion?

"I think pretty much from the get-go, everyone who was going was under the impression that it would be normal morning suits rather than military uniform.

"There was a story that Prince Andrew had wanted to wear a specific uniform – not just uniform – for a rank that he didn’t technically belong to.

"Of course, he’s sort of unofficially retired as a senior working member of the royal family, although he hasn’t lost his military honours.

"I don’t think there was anyone sort of rushing to want him to flex them on a day like Saturday (April 17)."

He went on: "I think many people wondered if it was Harry that had something to do with putting his foot down, saying that he wanted to wear ceremonial dress for the occasion, but it just wasn’t the case."

Omid also believed the dress code announcement was not made by Her Majesty but staff members from the Lord Chamberlain's office.

"I doubt that it would have come from the Queen herself," he explained.

"But whoever at the Lord Chamberlain’s office who would have dealt with that would have made it pretty clear that everyone does the same thing.

"I think it worked well. It felt like there was a uniform to the day anyway; those with military backgrounds had their medals and we saw the Royal Family members all pretty much in the same look for the day."

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