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Tuesday June 25, 2024

Prince Harry expected to lose military title from Prince William

The Duke of Sussex underwent training to fly Apaches with the Army Air Corps

By Web Desk
May 26, 2024
Prince William has become the colonel-in-chief of the Army Air Corps
Prince William has become the colonel-in-chief of the Army Air Corps

Prince Harry anticipated losing a military title, but not surprised when he lost the title of colonel-in-chief of his former regiment to Prince William according to a royal commentator.

Earlier this month, King Charles passed on the blue beret and the duties of colonel-in-chief of the Army Air Corps to his eldest son, the Prince of Wales. 

The monarch had been associated with the group for 32 years, while Prince Harry trained to fly Apaches with the Army Air Corps. In 2010, his father awarded him his provisional wings before his deployment to Afghanistan.

For many years, Prince Harry was widely tipped to become their colonel-in-chief. However, his decision to leave royal duties with Meghan Markle in 2020 meant he could not have official military ties.

Therefore, Prince William has become the colonel-in-chief of the Army Air Corps, and not Prince Harry.

In 2020, royal biographers Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand opened up about Meghan and Harry's reaction to the duke losing his honorary military titles.

They wrote: "Harry's lifelong commitment to the military was why the Mountbatten Festival of Music three days later was a particularly difficult moment; he was set to wear his Captain-General of the Royal Marines uniform for the very last time.

"During a conversation backstage, on arrival, Harry told Major General Matthew Holmes: 'I'm devastated that I am having to step down.'

"'It was so unnecessary", Meghan later told a friend of the decision to strip Harry of his military honours.

"'And it's not just taking something away from him; it's also that entire military veteran community. You can see how much he means to them, too. So why? The powers [of the institution] are unfortunately greater than me.

"Though the evening served as a poignant tribute to Britain's Armed Forces, it also became a moment to thank the much-loved prince for his contributions to the military community."

Royal author Gareth Russell spoke exclusively to GB News regarding Harry's feelings after missing out on the title of colonel-in-chief of his old regiment.

He said: "The Duke of Sussex's wife has obviously indicated in private conversations on the record that the military does matter to him, and that losing the military posts was something that he felt very keenly.

"That being said, it's hard to imagine how anyone could have thought that the command of the regiment would go to anyone but the current Prince of Wales.

"So he may be upset but I don't think surprised."