Prince Harry 'devastated' over brutal detail at vigil for the Queen

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As Prince William and Prince Harry united to hold a vigil for the Queen in Westminster Hall, eagle-eyed viewers noticed a tiny – but important – difference between the two brother’s uniforms.

The two brothers stood guard at the Queen's lying in state in Westminster Hall alongside their cousins on Saturday evening as a stream of mourners filed past after queueing for hours.

Harry, who saw action on the front line during two tours of duty in Afghanistan, has previously been denied the chance to wear his military uniform as he publicly mourns, because he is no longer a working royal.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrives to hold a vigil in honour of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall.
Prince Harry appeared at the vigil in military uniform, but his grandmother's initials were not on his shoulders. Source: Getty

But royal sources said the King decided his youngest son could wear uniform for the vigil.

Though the gesture appeared kind, a missing detail reportedly left Harry “devastated”.

His grandmother’s ‘ER’ initials were stripped from the uniform’s shoulders, while still appearing on both of his brother’s shoulders.

Before attending the vigil, Harry was reportedly considering wearing a morning suit to avoid the “humiliation”, The Times reported.

Prince William and the Duke of York both wore the Queen's initials on their shoulders.
Prince William and the Duke of York both wore the Queen's initials on their uniforms at separate vigils. Source: Getty

“He is heartbroken. To remove his grandmother’s initials feels very intentional,” a source told the publication.

On Friday evening, the Queen's children - Charles, the Duke of York, the Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex - took part in their own vigil.

An exception was made for disgraced Andrew, who is no longer a working royal, to be allowed to wear his military uniform as a "special mark of respect" for the Queen.

Prince Harry and Prince William stand next to the Queen's coffin
The two brothers appeared at the vigil with their cousins. Source: Getty

At the event, the Queen’s initials could be seen on his shoulders.

Despite being a former Army officer, Harry has been in civilian dress for official events, including walking behind the Queen's coffin on Wednesday.

William and Harry were joined in their silent tribute around the coffin by cousins Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and Lady Louise Windsor and her brother Viscount Severn.

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