Expert predicts what the royal family will wear to Prince Philip’s funeral to ensure ‘show of unity’

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Prince Philip’s funeral takes place on Saturday, and there has been much speculation as to every detail of the event.

The ceremony will be held at St George’s Chapel, inside the grounds of Windsor Castle, and the Duke of Edinburgh has opted for a military funeral instead of a state one.

The 30 attendees have all now be named, and recent reports have revealed that the royal family will be wearing suits in lieu of military dress. But why exactly is this the case?

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Well, we spoke to royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams, who shared his insights on the matter.

He explained that the reason that suits will most likely be worn is so not to leave out Prince Harry and Prince Andrew who have both stepped back from royal duties.

Richard explained that the problem with the alternative “from a military standing point” would be that “they are the ones who’ve seen action.

“Whereas Charles, Wessex, William and Anne, through no fault of their own, have not.”

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The Duke of York took a step back from public life "for the foreseeable future" two years ago following his friendship with convicted convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle moved to Los Angeles in 2020, and he was stripped of his honorary military titles after his royal exit.

Richard went on to explain that, before this, Prince Andrew had been “a brave pilot in the Falklands, he was over twenty years in the Navy”.

Whereas Prince Harry has “served in Afghanistan.”

Richard believes the main motivation behind the choice is not to spare feelings, but instead to keep the spotlight on the Duke of Edinburgh.

He said: “This is an event that should be about one thing, and that is honouring a really great Briton, a truly remarkable public servant.

“What is important, as I see it, is that William and Harry wear something similar because otherwise they will differentiate which could cause a distraction.”

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Prior to Prince Philip’s death The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had given an explosive interview with chat show host Oprah Winfrey, which caused a rift within the family.

However, Richard added that as a result the rest of the attendees’ attire will not be in stand out clothing: “You simply don’t want debate or discussion or noticing that anything is unusual about the dress. It is not what Saturday is about.”

The clothing will instead be “a show of unity which will not cause undue comment. We have the highest profile royal family in the world.

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“That is a great advantage when things are going well, when thing aren’t the publicity, as we have recently seen, can be overwhelming and very difficult to cope with.

“There is no doubt at all that all you want is for the issue of dress to be resolved in a simply way so it doesn’t cause undue comment and individuals feel that it has been appropriately handled, and I am sure that it will be.”

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