Prince Harry's Beard Causes Military Controversy

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Some Britons have accused Prince Harry of breaking military rules by wearing a beard while on official duty in a British Army uniform.

According to Daily Mail, the 33-year-old royal was sporting a full beard at the Cenotaph, a war memorial in London,while honoring veterans at the yearly Remembrance Sunday service.

In contrast, Prince William and Prince Andrew attended the service while clean-shaven.

British Army rules do not allow beards except for religious or medical reasons. However, since Prince Harry left the military in 2015, the Ministry of Defense no longer obliges him to follow such rules.

Nevertheless, some in the forces were unhappy Prince Harry did not shave.

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"Prince Harry is letting us all down," a serving military member in the elite cavalry regiment told Daily Mail. "There's no place for beards in the Queen's cavalry. He should have shaved it off for such an important day."

"So disrespectful," added another person. "I'm sorry for every single one of those grieving families who have lost loved ones in wars protecting this country. He is laughing at them and dancing on their graves."

"Harry is a disgrace to the uniform, and to Britain," said a third. "He should resign from all Royal duties and go and live with his girlfriend in the US."

However, others defended the royal.

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"Why are some people so easily offended nowadays?" wrote one person in the Daily Mail's comments section. "I served 22 years and don't find it a problem. He did his time you can't take that away."

"It's sad that on today of all days, people have chosen to focus on something that is so insignificant compared to the remembrance of those who fought and died for our country," added another. "What a shallow existence."

Since leaving the military in 2015, Prince Harry has taken up his royal duties while performing charity work and helping veterans.

Many reminded critics of his good deeds, such as holding thee paralympic-style Invictus Games for injured and wounded serving and veteran armed forces members, People reports.

"Get a grip he served his country, in one way he is still serving it from a different stance ,but so bloody what if he has a beard????" wrote one woman under Forces Network's comments section. "Get a grip and try complaining about some more important things than a young man wearing a bloomin beard. And no i am not a veteran but my husband is and his opinion????? " if all they can think about on Remembrance Day is Harry's beard then they obviously didn't see much when they were in."

Sources: Daily Mail, Forces Network, People / Featured Image: DoD/Flickr / Embedded Images: E.J. Hersom/Wikimedia CommonsMilitary Health/Wikimedia Commons

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