Why Prince Harry will wear something different to Prince William for Prince Philip’s funeral

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It's been a sad few days for the royal family, who has rallied round the Queen following Prince Philip's death at the age of 99 on Friday. The Countess of Wessex opened up about Philip's last moments, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared a touching tribute and so did Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Now Prince Harry has returned to the UK, and it will be the first time he is reunited with Prince William since the start of the pandemic. They will both attend their late grandfather's funeral in Windsor on Saturday 17th April, which will only have 30 guests due to social restrictions.

Unlike most funerals, where guests are expected to wear formal dark clothing, a royal's funeral has to follow certain rules, including a strict dress code.

It is custom for royal men with military positions to wear their official uniforms at events, such as weddings or funerals.

However, since Prince Harry was stripped of his military roles, such as Captain General of the Royal Marines, when he stepped down as a working member of the royal family, he is not expected to wear a uniform.

Instead, he is likely to wear a normal suit, in contrast to his father and brother, who will wear their regimental outfits - though he will be joined by Prince Andrew, who also stepped down from public duties in 2019, following the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.

However, some royal experts are predicting Prince William might also wear a suit, to avoid further rifts from his brother.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.