Queen Elizabeth reportedly turned down Prince William's request to wear his preferred uniform on his wedding day, Prince Harry claimed.
The Duke of Sussex, writing in his book Spare, said that William had been left “frustrated” that he was not allowed to choose his own outfit for the occasion.
The Prince of Wales, 40, married Kate Middleton, 41, in Westminster Abbey on 29 April, 2011.
William had wanted to wear his Household Cavalry frock coat uniform for the occasion, Harry claimed, but the late Queen decreed he must wear the bright red uniform of the Irish Guards instead.
The Duke wrote in his book how, on the morning of the wedding, William looked as if he “hadn’t slept a wink” – his face gaunt and eyes red.
Harry said he wondered if it was because his brother was not allowed to wear his uniform of choice.
The Duke wrote: “He’d asked Granny if he could wear his Household Cavalry kit and she’d turned him down. As the Heir, he must wear the Number One Ceremonial, she decreed. Willy was glum at having so little say in what he wore to get married, at having his autonomy taken from him on such an occasion. He’d told me several times that he felt frustrated.”
Harry added that he told his brother he looked “bloody smart in the Harp of Ireland” but his comments didn’t “seem to make an impression”.
The Duke went on to say he didn’t feel smart or comfortable with the Blues and Royals uniform that protocol dictated he was to wear for the day.
With its huge shoulder pads and cuffs, Harry said he felt like a “kitsch version of Johnny Bravo”.
Harry’s memoir officially went on sale on Tuesday – with the English language edition selling more than 1.4 million copies on its first day of publication, making it the fastest-selling non-fiction book ever.
The autobiography has brought a new round of attacks on the Royal Family just weeks after his Netflix documentary series levelled a fresh round of damning claims against the monarchy.
The Duke does not hold back in the book – with criticism directed towards Prince William and Queen Consort Camilla – as well as father King Charles and sister-in-law Princess Kate.
Among the most explosive allegations in the book was one claim that William attacked Harry in a row over Meghan Markle.
Harry also claimed that the Prince and Princess of Wales encouraged him to wear his infamous Nazi uniform to a 2005 fancy dress party.
In one section, he alleged his father King Charles told his later mother Princess Diana that 'my work is done' after she gave birth to a 'spare' second son.
In another, Harry revealed he had killed 25 people while serving as an Apache helicopter pilot in Afghanistan.
The memoir also contains a number of intimate revelations about King Charles – as well as some illuminating insights into royal life.
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