Prince Charles’ heartbreaking decision to break tradition with suit at Diana’s funeral

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PRINCE CHARLES will reportedly be wearing a suit to his father’s funeral on Saturday instead of traditional military uniform but this is not the first time he has ditched a clothing tradition for a funeral.

Instead, Harry would wear a suit and would be able to wear his medals from his 10-year stint in the Army.

Meanwhile, Prince Andrew was reportedly unhappy as he about wanted to wear the uniform of an Admiral to the funeral, despite the postponement of his promotion to this rank last year in the wake of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, and his subsequent stepping back from duties.

It was reported that the Royal Navy were “displeased” with this idea.

The Queen’s decision to rule out any military uniform appears to have killed two birds with one stone.

However, this is not the first time royals have worn suits to a royal ceremonial funeral.

In 1997, most royals wore black suits to Princess Diana’s funeral, after her tragic death in a car crash in Paris.

The iconic image of Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry and Diana’s brother Charles Spencer walking behind the coffin is particularly striking in that they are all wearing dark suits.

However, Prince Charles did not wear black like everyone else, but instead donned a blue suit, not usually considered a mourning colour.

This was actually a very sweet gesture to the late princess as it was her favourite suit of Charles’, according to royal author Brian Hoey.

Mr Hoey claimed Diana even helped Charles choose the Savile Row ensemble and his wearing it was a symbol of respect and a nod to their 15-year marriage.

According to People at the time, he said: “She preferred him in blue than in black or grey.

“It was a lovely, silent compliment to her.”

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Prince Charles walking with his sons, father and former brother-in-law (Image: GETTY)

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Prince Charles donned a blue suit for Diana’s funeral (Image: GETTY)

The couple’s marriage was incredibly turbulent, with a large age gap, very different personalities and rocked with infidelity on both sides.

They finally separated in 1992 after years of unhappiness and then officially divorced in 1996.

Just one year later, Diana died, leaving behind her two sons, Prince William, 15, and Prince Harry, 12.

Despite the way their marriage ended, Charles was able to make this last gesture to Diana in respect of the many years they spent as man and wife.

Prince Philip, who died aged 99 last week, will be laid to rest at a scaled-down ceremony on Saturday with just 30 attendees.

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Prince Charles and his sons look at flowers for Princess Diana (Image: GETTY)

While the funeral will be televised, the event will not have the pomp and frills of other royal funerals due to the coronavirus crisis and the Duke of Edinburgh will not lie in state, as per his wishes.

It was initially thought that the senior members of the Royal Family would wear military clothing in line with their honorary ranks, as this is their usual formal dress, but they will be donning suits instead.

The Queen reportedly stepped in herself to make this executive decision.

A military source told The Sun: “It’s the most eloquent solution to the problem.”

Another source confirmed last night that “current thinking is no uniforms”.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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