Prince Andrew reportedly told the Queen he wished to dress in Admiral uniform for Prince Philip's funeral - despite deferring the title after the Jeffrey Epstein sex scandal.

The Duke of York, who stepped back from public duties over his friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein 18 months ago, was made an honorary Vice-Admiral in the Royal Navy on his 55th birthday in 2015.

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.

Now, the 61-year-old prince has reportedly told the Queen and senior officials he wished to attend his father's farewell as an Admiral, the Daily Mail reports.

Her Majesty is expected to make a decision on Andrew's outfit in the next 24 hours.

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.

 

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

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

Buckingham Palace declined to comment last night, saying: "Funeral arrangements are being finalised and we will announce them accordingly."

Andrew's siblings Prince Edward and Princess Anne are both entitled to wear 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.

It means the Duke of Sussex, who is a former Captain with the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals), is only allowed to wear a morning suit with medals - unless officials can find a way round the issue.

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

The Navy established a policy in 2009 that means the prince is promoted in line with his still-serving peers to mark his continued contribution to the service.

 

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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.

And while Andrew has lost many of his charitable patronages, he has not been stripped of his military positions and titles yet.

An Admiral's ceremonial day coat has three rows of lace on the sleeve, but a Vice-Admiral's two rows.

The Admiral's shoulder rank board features a crossed baton and sword with four stars, but for a Vice-Admiral there are just three stars.

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.

Over the weekend, however, 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."

This article originally appeared on The Sun and is published here with permission.

 

 

Originally published as Prince Andrew's funeral demand to Queen



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