Prince Harry latest news: Duke’s military roles could be returned ahead of Megxit review | Royal | News (Reports)

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Prince Harry, 36, was stripped of his military titles after he stepped down as a senior working royal to move to California with his wife, Meghan Markle, 39. The Duke of Sussex held the titles: Captain-General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Force Commandant of the Royal Air Force Base Honington, and Honorary Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Naval Commands’ Small Ships and Diving. Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said “it is possible” the roles might be returned to Harry.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Fitzwilliams said: “They stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family because it was considered it simply wouldn’t work if they stepped back on a part-time basis which is what they personally preferred.

“The agreement was that they would keep their HRH titles but not use them and also they wouldn’t be able to use SussexRoyal.

“The agreement will be reassessed in a year, that is by the end of March next year.

“It will also involve Harry’s military links such as, Captain-General of the Royal Marines which he greatly prizes and they have been kept vacant.

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“It’s, therefore, possible that they might be returned to him.

“At the moment, he is in a position as a veteran and someone who founded the Invictus Games for wounded servicemen and women, he’s not able to wear the uniform.

“I think he really prizes his links with the military and clarity on these points is something we will get in due course.”

According to the book Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, Harry was devastated by the loss of the roles.

Mr Scobie and Ms Durand write: “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.”

Some members of the public have called for Prince Harry to be stripped of his ducal title, but expert Ms Koenig pointed out the Duke may automatically no longer be known as the Duke of Sussex if he chose to apply for US citizenship.

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Speaking to Express.co.uk, Ms Koenig said: “He would literally have to give it up, even though there is no law preventing him from still being called Prince Harry, but when you become a US citizen, you have to renounce any titles or allegiance.

“But, for example, there are two Americans who are peers, one is the Earl of Wharncliffe and I’m sure he doesn’t use his title in everyday life, but I’m sure there’s nothing stopping him from using it.

“And there are at least two Americans who have inherited a baronetcy.

“You might not put that on your business card if you’re a carpenter but it’s not against the law.”

US Constitution Article 1 clause 8 states: “No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.”

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