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Prince Harry Breaks Military Rules By Sporting A Beard While In Uniform

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Prince Harry Breaks Military Rules By Sporting A Beard While In Uniform

Prince Harry has reportedly broken military rules during Remembrance Sunday, sporting a beard at the Cenotaph.

Harry, who retired from service two years ago at the age of 31, appeared as a senior Blues and Royals officer, with facial hair, which is usually banned when in uniform, the Daily Mail reports.

A serving member in the elite cavalry regiment told the paper: "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."

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There are sometimes exceptions to a serviceman who has a beard while in military uniform, such as for religious beliefs or skin conditions.

It's a long standing tradition that soldiers don't grow beards for parades, which Harry's brother, Prince William abided by.

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Over the years, Prince Harry has made headlines for various things, such as his charity work and the Invictus Games, but also the odd controversy.

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A few months back he even went as far as claiming he thought about 'quitting' being a royal so he could lead a 'normal life'.

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Fortunately however the Queen convinced him not to trade in the palace for a terrace house, turning him onto charity work.

"There was a time I felt I wanted out," he said. "But then I decided to stay in [The Firm] and work out a role for myself."

He admits he 'kicked his heels' a bit, but his grandmother led him on the right path, which led, among many things, to him being in charge of a mental health campaign with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

"We are incredibly passionate with our charities and they have been chosen because they are on the path shown to me by our mother. I love charity stuff and meeting people," he added.

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He did feel though that during his time in the army he felt more ordinary as he was surrounded by different people, but felt a sense of achievement as they all worked together.

"Being in the army was the best escape I've ever had. I have a deep understanding for all sorts of people from different backgrounds and felt like I was part of a team," he said. "I also wasn't a prince. I was just Harry."

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Now though he is more than happy to help his brother, William, make sure the the monarchy lasts as long as possible, even if that means modernising it.

"There will be changes and pressure to get them right," he said. "Things are moving so fast, especially because of social media, so we are involved in modernising the Monarchy."

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Topics: military, uk news, Prince Harry, Beard

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