Prince Harry wears civilian clothes for Queen’s funeral as Meghan sits alongside

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Prince Harry was blocked from wearing a military uniform to the funeral   (Getty Images)
Prince Harry was blocked from wearing a military uniform to the funeral (Getty Images)

Prince Harry and Meghan looked sombre as they sat beside each other at the Queen’s funeral.

The Duke of Sussex wore civilian clothing at the event in Westminster Abbey, despite serving two tours in Afghanistan, because he is not a working royal.

It came despite the King giving him permission to wear his military uniform at a vigil held on Saturday evening.

The pair sat directly behind King Charles III and beside cousin Princess Beatrice and her husband Mapelli Mozzi.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at HM Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral

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The Prince and Princess of Wales, Prince George and Princess Charlotte were sat across the aisle.

Prince Harry’s decision to step down as a working royal meant he was stripped of his military affiliations and therefore not permitted to be in his uniform for the funeral service.

Prince Andrew wore civilian clothes for the same reason after stepping down from public royal duties over his friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Heads of state, prime ministers and presidents, members of European royal families and key figures from public life were among the 2,000 mourners at the historic gathering.

US President Joe Biden sat 14 rows back on the south transept behind the Polish leader and in front of the Czech Republic.

The First Lady Jill Biden was next to representatives from Switzerland.

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Leaders attending included Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as European leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

Invitations were not sent to Russia and Belarus amid diplomatic tension following the invasion of Ukraine. The Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, Myanmar’s military junta and Syria’s Bashar Assad were also excluded.

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Harry was allowed to wear his uniform on Saturday evening (Getty Images)

The Queen’s coffin has now been transferred to the State Hearse at Wellington Arch ahead of its journey to Windsor for a committal ceremony later this afternoon.

Members of the royal family watched on as the bearer party lifted the coffin from the State Gun Carriage and loaded it into the back of the vehicle.

Much of the procession party lined up in formation on the green next to the monument and stood in silence during the moving of the coffin.