Prince Harry banned from wearing military uniform to hand out awards to veterans

Prince Harry will not be able to wear his military uniform when he presents veterans with medals next week.

The Duke of Sussex, 37, will be attending a gala onboard a warship in New York to award five war heroes with medals.

But the war veteran, who served two tours in Afghanistan, can no longer wear his military uniform as he was stripped of his his honorary titles when he quit royal duty for a new life in the US.

Harry will instead have to wear black tie, but can pin his four medals on his suit at the gala a day before Veterans Day, the Sun reports.

Other veterans and servicemen on the are likely to be in full regalia at The Salute to Freedom gala onboard a warship at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on November 10.

The event will pay tribute to "those who have served in the US forces, defending America, with the awards honouring those who have "demonstrated courage and perseverance in the face of great danger or personal struggle".

The museum said: "The Intrepid Museum's Salute to Freedom gala recognises extraordinary leadership and honorus the brave men and women who serve in defence of our nation."

Susan Marenoff-Zausner, president of the Intrepid Museum, said: "We are extremely proud to bestow the inaugural Intrepid Valour Awards to five incredible individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty and persevered through extraordinary circumstances.

"It is a core tenet of our institution to be there for our service members and veterans, who are always there for all of us.

"One of the ways we fulfil this commitment is by offering meaningful programmes that help veterans reintegrate into civilian life and build connection and community, including ones that specifically address mental health.

"We are so grateful to Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex for honouring and amplifying the stories of these heroes and helping to raise awareness for mental health support for our men and women in uniform."

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Harry lost his titles after he and Meghan Markle, 40, announced in March last year they were abandoning their lives as senior royals.

They now live in a multi-million dollar mansion in Montecito, in California's Santa Barbara, with their kids Archie and Lilibet. They had first moved to Vancouver Island in Canada.

Harry had wanted to retain the honorary positions, including Captain General of the Royal Marines, but was unable to do so.

The Queen ruled that no military uniforms should be worn at the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral in April, reportedly to "spare Harry's blushes".

Harry was also pictured in a blue suit and medals last November when he laid flowers at the Los Angeles National Cemetery.

His request for a wreath to be laid at the Cenotaph in London last year was rejected.

Despite his Army record, he lost three honorary military titles including his treasured post as Captain General of the Royal Marines and is now a "civilian".

A spokesman for Prince Harry has been contacted for comment.

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