The Royal family was out in force at the Remembrance Sunday service at
the Cenotaph in London yesterday. Prince Charles led
the nation in honouring the country's dead soldiers, and he was
joined by sons Prince William and Prince Harry after they missed the festival of Remembrance to watch some rugby.
But it's Harry, 33, who has stolen the
headlines after he was criticised for not
being clean shaven at the event.
might have left military service two years ago to concentrate on official Royal
duties and charity work, but he wore the Blues and Royals officer uniform to
attend the memorial. However, the British Army forbids all facial hair, so many
people were shocked to see him sporting a full beard which they believe does not comply with
the British Army only allows a soldier or officer to grow a beard if they have
a skin complaint or are a practising Sikh.
member of the cavalry regiment said on twitter: ‘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.'
fans of Prince Harry took to social media to defend him against criticism,
saying there are much larger issues to deal with in the world than a bit of
tweeted: ‘I can't believe Prince Harry is getting grief because he wore a beard
at the Remembrance Service. You'd think Britain would have more to worry about.'
and the Prince Charles were clean shaven for the service, which is seen as one
of the most important dates in the Royal diary.
while Harry's beard might be unprecedented, a spokesman for the Ministry of
Defence said it doesn't actually break military protocol - and he's not actually the
first Royal to do so.
spokesperson told MailOnline: "Prince Harry is
no longer a serving officer and therefore does not have to comply with any of
these regulations. He is, however, a member of the Royal Family and at times
his duties require him to don the uniform of a tied or associated regiment and
does so with a beard, as did his great-great-grandfather before him."