Prince Harry’s beloved Army role ‘offered to William’ after leaving Royal Family
Prince William is "keen" to take over brother Prince Harry's beloved Royal Marines role, ahead of the Queen's Sandringham review, a Royal Navy source has claimed.
The Duke of Sussex was appointed Captain-General of the Royal Marines in 2017 when his grandfather, Prince Phillip, stepped down after holding the post for 67 years.
Having left the army in 2015, Prince Harry was a perfect fit for the role until he swapped royal life for peace with wife Meghan Markle, leaving the ceremonial job open.
In March, just before his move to Canada, the Duke of Sussex reportedly told the Commandant General Royal Marines, Matthew Holmes, he was "devastated that I am having to step down," adding: "I feel I’m letting people down, but I had no choice."
Under the terms of an agreement he signed with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry is not allowed to use his military appointments "as they are a gift of the sovereign," despite technically holding the rank of Captain General.
The agreement also states "no new appointments will be made to fill these roles" before a 12-month review of Prince Harry and Meghan's choice, set for next spring.
However, a source reportedly told the Daily Express last night the Corps is eager to fill the role and the "decision has been made to invite Prince William to take over this important duty".
A senior Royal Navy source told the publication: "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."
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The source also said Prince William can "offer the Corps exactly what it needs at this point in its history".
He added: "Our understanding is that he is keen to take up the appointment, but he has yet to be briefed by his military advisors (a team of retired senior officers from the Household division), a necessary requirement when gauging whether he should take up such a commitment.
"Clearly, such appointments are for life and need serious consideration, especially as he will one day be king.
"Should Prince William choose to decline, it may well signify the end of an historically important royal historical link with the Royal Marines."
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