Prince Harry, 36, was stripped of his military titles after he stepped down as a senior working royal to move to LA 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 expert Richard Eden has revealed that Harry has a plan to keep his titles.
Speaking to Palace Confidential on MailPlus, Mr Eden said: “I’ve heard from friends of Prince Harry that he feels very strongly about his military titles.
“He plans to use the example of the Queen’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent who was allowed to keep some of his military ties even though he doesn’t have any official working role in the Royal Family.
“Harry thinks that why should there be one rule for the Queen’s cousin and another for him.
“He thinks it’s grossly unfair.”
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Royal commentator Hugo Vickers added: “I think Prince Michael is a very different example because he is still supporting the Queen.
“He is actually a member of the Royal Family and he is still appearing and doing duties.
“The real example was the Duke of Windsor who certainly had to give up all his military titles.”
He noted: “I can’t see what use Harry would be to the Royal Marines if he’s out in LA. If you want your Captain-General, you want him to be doing things and he frankly is not here.”
Some members of the public have called for Prince Harry to be stripped of his ducal title, but royal expert Marlene Koenig pointed out the Duke may automatically no longer be known as the Duke of Sussex if he chose to apply for US citizenship.
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.”