PRINCE HARRY had to let go of his military appointments when he and wife Meghan Markle stepped down as “senior” members of the Royal Family last month. Here’s who has reportedly replaced the Duke of Sussex as captain-general of the Royal Marines.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down from their royal roles last month and are currently residing in Canada with their son Archie Harrison. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected back in the UK next month where Harry will attend a farewell engagement with the Royal Marines.
Prince Harry took over as captain-general of the Royal Marines two years ago.
The Duke inherited the role from his grandfather Prince Philip, who retired in 2017.
The 98-year-old Duke of Edinburgh held the role for 64 years before stepping down from royal duties.
Now, after the departure of Prince Harry, his replacement has reportedly been found.
Prince Harry REPLACED: The Duke will reportedly be replace by aunt Princess Anne (Image: GETTY)
Prince Harry REPLACED: Princess Anne will be the first female captain-general of the Royal Marines (Image: GETTY)
Prince Harry’s role as captain-general of the Royal Marines will be taken over by his aunt, Princess Anne, 69, the Sunday Times reports.
Princess Anne is the Queen and Prince Philip’s only daughter and is said to be her father’s first choice for the job.
The role would make the Princess Royal the first female captain-general of the Royal Marines in British history.
Princess Anne is already associated with 65 military organisations and is one of the hardest-working royals.
Prince Harry REPLACED: Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down as senior royals last month (Image: GETTY)
Harry’s aunt carried out 506 engagements in 2019, according to Tim O’Donovan, who compiles an annual tally from the Court Circular for The Times.
The new honorary role for Anne is likely to be seen as an inspiration for women considering signing up as marines.
Only one enrolled for the commando course last year, despite more than 1,000 having registered an interest and of the estimated 600 recruits for this year’s course, all are men.
Buckingham Palace released a statement in January about Meghan and Harry’s future after the couple’s shock decision at the start of the year.
The statement reads: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are grateful to Her Majesty and the Royal Family for their ongoing support as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.
“As agreed in this new arrangement, they understand that they are required to step back from Royal duties, including official military appointments.
“They will no longer receive public funds for Royal duties. With The Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations.
“While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty.”
Prince Harry REPLACED: Princess Anne holds 65 military appointments (Image: GETTY)
The Palace added: “The Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared their wish to repay Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their UK family home.
“Buckingham Palace does not comment on the details of security arrangements.
“There are well established independent processes to determine the need for publicly funded security.
“This new model will take effect in the Spring of 2020.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK