For months now, people have been speculating about everything under the sun where the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is concerned. From the name of Meghan’s wedding gown designer to who will be Harry’s best man. But there hasn’t been much talk about this one controversial topic but with the wedding dead ahead, it is time to discuss it.
We’re talking about Prince Harry’s facial hair, of course. Ever since the prince left the military he has been sporting a short beard that flatters him very much, and it’s a safe bet that Meghan likes it, too. I don’t imagine she is the type of girl to suffer a scratchy beard that she doesn’t like without making her desires known.
And in light of all the heartache Meghan has endured in recent weeks, Harry does NOT want to be the cause of any more disappointment for his bride-to-be.
So, assuming that his bride-to-be is happy with the look, you would think that he has his decision. But, as with most things that have to do with royal protocol, there is a rule that might take precedence over either his or Meghan's personal preference. And it all has to do with what clothing he wears for the wedding.
Bustle explains, “In the end, it apparently all depends on if he chooses to wear his military garb on the big day. It is a tradition for the royal men in the family to wear their military uniforms during their nuptials.
Prince William wore the red garb of the Irish Guards, of which he is the Colonel; Prince Charles wore his full navy commander uniform when he got married to Princess Diana; Prince Philip wore his Captain General of the Royal Marines uniform when he married Queen Elizabeth.
Therein lies the conflict. If Harry decides to follow in the tradition laid out by his family predecessors, then he will don his uniform for the ceremony. "He has spent [ten] years serving in the military as part of the Army’s Household Cavalry’s Blues and Royals." The logical decision would be for him to "continue the tradition and wear his uniform after such a long career in the service."
But according to historian Hugo Vickers, "he might not be able to wear it unless he shaves his beard. Military tradition says that people wearing the uniform are not allowed facial hair unless there are extreme circumstances like religious reasons."
Hello! tells us that there may be a loophole. "Since Prince Harry technically not part of the force any longer (he retired in 2015,) those rules may not apply to him."
His grandmother the Queen reportedly told him to shave it off, with an insider at the time saying: "The rest of the family liked it. But the Queen soon let her displeasure be known.
"She doesn't mind royal men growing beards when they are away in the armed forces or out in the wilds like Harry was in the Antarctic, but she expects them to be clean-shaven when they get home."
HELLO!'s royal correspondent Emily Nash explained, "He is no longer serving, so is no longer tied by army rules on facial hair. He's had a beard throughout his relationship with Meghan, so it would be very odd if it disappeared on the big day!"
Once again, it’s going to come down to whether he would rather please the Queen or his wife-to-be. If you had to bet, what would you say?
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