Prince Harry ‘lost much-loved military role because of US election comments’
Prince William looks set to take over as the Captain General of the Royal Marines – a title that Prince Harry has held since 2017.
The move to give Prince William the role was confirmed by senior Royal Navy source, the paper reports.
This comes as a new book, Battle of Brothers, purportedly exposes the damage Harry and Meghan’s decision to step down has had on the Royal Family and their relationships.
Biographer Robert Lacey suggest that things were so bad between the brothers that Prince William was too angry to eat with Harry alone before meeting with the Queen to discuss his decision.
And while the transition for the Duke of Cambridge to take the position is in process, there are concerns over forthcoming ceremonial events, say Royal Navy sources, because Prince Harry technically continues to hold the rank but under the terms of his agreement to step down, he is not allowed to commit to his military appointments “as they are a gift of the sovereign”.
The source added: “The Corps is, in effect, without a Captain General and we really must get on and fill this role.
“The decision has been made to invite Prince William to take over this important duty, largely on the basis that the Duke of Sussex has given no reason to believe that he will alter current arrangements. Quite the opposite, in fact.”
Yet the agreement also states, “No new appointments will be made to fill these roles before the 12-month review of the new arrangements is completed.”
It’s hoped that the new appointment is in place for June’s 260th anniversary of the Battle of Belle IIe, an important date in the Corps’ calendar.
Another factor is the transition which the 356-year-old Corps is currently undergoing.
Future Commando Force will see the Royal Marines stepping away from supporting the the Army, and return to their Second World War commando roots by becoming a fast-moving amphibious force.
Before the Duke of Sussex was appointed Captain General of the Royal Marines his grandfather, Prince Phillip, held the post holding the post for 67 years.
Having left the army in 2015, it was his first ceremonial military engagement, though he had stepped in for Prince Philip at the opening ceremony of a new amphibious centre for the Royal Marines four years previously.
In March, just before his move to Canada, he reportedly told the Commandant General Royal Marines, Matthew Holmes, that he was “devastated that I am having to step down,” adding: “I feel I’m letting people down, but I had no choice.”
The Royal Navy declined to comment.
Mirror Online has approached Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace for comment.
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