Prince Andrew ‘tells Queen he wants to wear Admiral uniform at Philip’s funeral’

Prince Andrew reportedly wants to wear military uniform and leave Harry the only senior male royal in civilian clothes at Prince Philip's funeral.

The Duke of York stepped back from public duties amid a furore over his friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

But has now told the Queen he wants to dress in Admiral uniform for his father's funeral in Windsor Castle on Saturday, a Daily Mail source claimed.

Her majesty, 94, who returned to official duties four days after her husband of 73 years died last Friday, is set to make the decision over his outfit in the next 24 hours, it is reported.

Prince Andrew, 61, was made an honorary Vice-Admiral in the Royal Navy on his 55th birthday in 2015 and is known as the Queen's "favourite son".

He was due to be promoted to Admiral on his 60th birthday last year, but offered to defer the role until he cleared his name and returned to public life.

A source told The Mail: "People have opinions and there are ongoing discussions about the right course of action."

A source close to The Duke said: “The Duke of York is very keenly aware of Saturday’s funeral being a moment for the Duke of Edinburgh, HM and the nation. He has neither wish nor intention to distract from that.

"Speculation on what he may or may not wear is just that, speculation, and no matters of this nature have yet been decided upon.

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"The Duke of York will do what is appropriate to the circumstances – he remains stepped back from royal duties.”

Buckingham Palace declined to comment.

Prince Andrew was accused by one of Epstein's victims, Virginia Giuffre, of having sex with her twice when she was 17.

Andrew has strongly denied all accusations and has kept a low profile since being forced out of public life following a carcrash Newsnight interview in November 2019.

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But he surprised royal fans as he paid tribute to Prince Philip, describing the "huge void" his father's death had left in the Queen's life.

It was later reported that Andrew spoke out because he is increasingly confident he will be able to return to some of his royal duties in future, believing the public will soften their stance towards him as he grieves.

A source close to Prince Andrew told the Daily Mail: "He still harbours thoughts that he can make a comeback. He genuinely thinks that's possible."

  • Prince Harry will not wear his uniform to Prince Philip's funeral after losing titles

Prince Andrew's siblings Prince Edward and Princess Anne will both be in military dress – along with Prince William and Prince Charles who each hold honorary roles.

Harry, however, lost his military titles when he quit his royal duties last March along with his wife Meghan Markle.

The Duke of Sussex, is a former Captain with the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals).

But he will be only allowed to wear a morning suit with medals – unless officials can find a way round the issue.

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Prince Andrew joined the Royal Navy in 1979 as a Seaman Officer and finished his active naval career in 2001.

The rank of Admiral is the highest rank to which a serving officer in the Royal Navy can be promoted, although members of the Royal Family can be made Admiral of the Fleet, the Sun reports.

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