Prince Harry breaks military rule during remembrance day parade
November 11 marks the day where we pay our respects to those who have given their lives in order for us to enjoy ours. Remembrance Sunday is observed by those countries in the Commonwealth and serves as a poignant reminder of those who have lost their lives while at war. It's a solemn day meant for reflection, so it seems a little bit sad that we're having to discuss Prince Harry doing something a little bit stupid during one of the parades in London.
Harry is the one Royal that most people can see themselves in. The 33-year-old seems relatively light-hearted and while being aware of his privileged position in society, Harry seems to enjoy himself and not take life too seriously. But while the prince, who is now sixth in line to the throne, seems like an all-round nice guy, he has managed to cause offence with his appearance during the Remembrance Sunday parade.
It's only been six weeks since the prince received a scolding for holding hands with his girlfriend Meghan Markle, something that Royals should never do. However, while that incident seemed pretty trivial, if not a bit ridiculous, the latest scandal could have been easily avoided.
Harry took part in the memorial service at the Cenotaph as a senior Blues and Royals officer. However, according to the Mirror, he broke the code of uniform by having a prominent beard on his face. While it may seem like a small thing to get annoyed about, a serving member of the cavalry regiment was less than impressed, saying:
"Prince Harry is letting us all down. There’s no place for beards in the Queen’s cavalry. He should have shaved it off for such an important day."
While the rules do seem a bit outdated, they still exist. Harry is in a position whereby everything he does is likely to be scrutinised and analysed by other people, so by failing to adhere to such a simple rule, he's ended up with a bit of egg on his face.
The British army forbids all beards unless the soldier is suffering from skin complaints or has strong religious beliefs that concern facial hair. While some other parts of the forces do allow for beards, it's a general rule that they shouldn't be worn during parades, especially on home turf.
As mentioned, it's not the first time Harry has landed himself in hot water over the breaching of Royal rules. A few weeks ago he was spotted in Toronto holding the hand of his new darling. Harry and Meghan were attending the Invictus Games and set chins wagging with their public displays of affection. While Harry and Meghan were open with their love, his brother Will and his wife Kate are less so, choosing to remain professional.
Myka Meier, the founder of Beaumont Etiquette, told People: "The likely reasoning is more that while travelling on a tour such as the India trip, technically the couple are working representatives of British Monarchy."
"The couple are likely to show very little PDA, if any, to remain professional during their designated roles abroad."
While Harry's mistake seems tiny in the grand scheme of things, he should be more aware of the pressures on him and try to make sure he causes no offence, particularly on an occasion such as this.