'Heartbroken' Harry feared ultimate 'humiliation' as Queen's 'ER' initials stripped away

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The blow to the Duke of Sussex was further strengthened by the fact Prince Andrew, who has also stepped back from royal duties, was allowed to keep the royal cypher on his uniform during an earlier vigil held for the late monarch. 

Prince Harry is said to have considered wearing a mourning suit to avoid “humiliation” during the vigil held by the Queen’s grandchildren at Westminster Hall on Saturday night.

The Duke, stood opposite his brother, Prince William, at the foot of the Queen’s coffin during the sombre service.

The brothers both dressed in military uniform and were joined by cousins Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and Lady Louise Windsor and her brother Viscount Severn. 

Harry, who saw action on the front line during two tours of duty in Afghanistan, had previously been prevented from wearing his military uniform this week, following his decision to step down from royal duties. 

But upon request from his father and the new King, he was permitted to wear the livery for the vigil. 

The Duke of Sussex was, however, understood to have been devastated to find his beloved grandmother’s initials had been stripped from the shoulder of his uniform, The Sunday Times reports.

The late monarch’s “ER” initial remained on Prince William’s uniform. 

A friend told the newspaper: “He is heartbroken. To remove his grandmother’s initials feels very intentional.”

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