Prince Harry will have to endure a particularly personal loss as he steps down as a “senior” royal – the loss of his military titles and appointments.
As the deal about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s future is thrashed out between the couple, the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William, part of the deal will include the loss of his official military appointments.
These official military appointments include Captain General of Marines, Honorary Air Commandant Royal Air Force Honington, and Commodore-in-Chief of Small Ships and Diving.
He and the Duchess of Sussex will also lose their appointments as Commonwealth Youth Ambassadors.
From Spring, Harry and Meghan Markle will no longer be working members of the Royal Family, officially represent the Queen or use their HRH status.
The Sussex pair will also no longer receive public funds for their work and will return the Sovereign Grant funds used for refurbishments to their Windsor home Frogmore Cottage last year.
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The couple will keep their private patronages and are expected to remain President and Vice President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
The loss of these titles and appointments is likely to be a particularly difficult loss for the Prince Harry who often appeared at his happiest when serving in the army or spending time with fellow veterans.
While working as a royal, he has also showed his passion for the army when he founded the Invictus Games, a competition for injured, sick and wounded Armed Forces personnel and veterans.
During his military career, Harry, known as Captain Wales by his comrades, spent 10 years in the army during which time he undertook two operational tours of Afghanistan and qualified as an Apache helicopter commander
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While on his second tour of Helmand in 2012, it is thought the youngest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana found try contentment in living away from the pressures of royal life.
He once told a fellow soldier: “I’ve got the best of both worlds. I get to do all this. I can fly helicopters. I can shine a spotlight on the work I want to do.”
Prince Harry’s military career came to an end in June 2015, but since that time he has remained a passionate advocate for the Armed Forces and has been bestowed a number of ceremonial military titles.
Speaking of the titles, he once said: “Luckily for me, I will continue to wear the uniform and mix with fellow servicemen and women for the rest of my life, helping where I can.”
His highest profile military title is as Captain General of the Royal Marines, a role he was handed by the Queen in December 2017, succeeding the Duke of Edinburgh – but now that role will be given to another.
As the ceremonial head of the elite unit, Harry is entitled to wear the uniform and insignia equivalent to a Field Marshal.
He has held the role for just two years, greatly differing from the 64 years his grandfather retained the title.
Speaking about the loss of titles former Head of the Navy, Lord West said: “The whole situation is extremely sad, and I think it is unfortunate, after his splendid service in the military, that he will now no longer be involved with the military in the UK”.