Major blow for Prince Harry and Meghan

 

Prince Harry won't be able to wear his military uniform at official events if stripped of his honorary titles in the review of his royal exit.

The Duke of Sussex is said to be "upset" at the prospect of losing the titles, The Sun reports.

Harry's positions as Captain General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington and Commodore-in-Chief, Small Ships and Diving were taken away when he left the royals, pending the review.

And now The Sun understands they are unlikely to be restored in the looming talks now the and Meghan are firmly on the US celebrity circuit.

If Harry does lose his honorary titles, this means he will not be able to wear the corresponding uniforms at any official events in the future.

The titles he earned during his ten years in the Army are not affected.

This means that future events, he will dress like other former servicemen, wearing a suit and medals like he did for the cemetery visit in the US for Remembrance Day.

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Prince Harry was last seen in his Royal Marines outfit just before quitting the UK, donning the distinguished red uniform for the Festival of Music in March last year.

And Prince William has today reportedly been tipped to take on his younger brother's Marine role.

Patronages such as the Rugby Football Union and National Theatre, which the couple were granted as working royals, are unlikely to be returned - even though Palace insiders point out they have so far fulfilled a promise to "uphold the values of Her Majesty".

The Queen has reportedly ordered emergency meetings with royal aides to draw up new plans over which family members will take over the honorary royal roles currently held by her grandson and his wife.

Harry and Meghan - who this week announced they were expecting another baby - are reportedly "resigned" to losing their roles.

The couple have around 18 royal and private patronages but have not returned to the UK for 11 months.

It was claimed the couple themselves were unaware of what the details of their new status would be - awaiting confirmation from the palace on whether they will be able to keep their royal patronages and charities.

A series of announcements were expected from Buckingham Palace before March 31; the deadline set last year for a 12-month review of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's decision to quit The Firm.

Since leaving the UK, the couple have settled in the US and signed multimillion pound deals with Netflix and Spotify - and will sit down with Oprah Winfrey in a tell-all interview to be aired next month.

Harry and Meghan have been told Oprah can "ask anything she wants" during the "intimate" 90-minute chat scheduled for March 7.

Several major American broadcasters were hoping to land the couple's first major interview since quitting the Royal Family.

The Queen is said to have every faith Harry and Meghan will honour royal protocol during the TV interview.

Despite this, Mirror reports say the Duke and Duchess did not inform the Queen or other senior royals of their decision to proceed with the broadcast.

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The news was said to have sent shockwaves through the palace, and insiders had described the "nervousness" of senior royals at the upcoming interview - largely owing to bombshell tell-all interviews in the past.

Harry is also set to star on James Corden's The Late Late Show after filming Carpool Karaoke on an open-top bus.

It was reported this week that one of the reasons behind Harry potentially losing his honorary military roles was the fear they would be used to promote his Netflix documentaries and US talk shows.

 

 

HARRY'S HONOURS

Prince Harry is expected to lose his honorary military titles in the review.

Currently, his honours include:

  • Captain General of the Royal Marines
  • Honorary air commandant of RAF Honington in Suffolk
  • Royal Navy's commodore-in-chief of Small Ships and Diving

The royal also currently wears:

  • The Star of the Grand Cross Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Corps badge of the Royal Marines
  • Shoulder straps featuring silver-embroidered rank badges
  • Army Air Corps wings

His medals include:

  • The Knight of the Commander of the Victorian Order
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  • Queen's golden Jubilee medal
  • Queen's diamond Jubilee medal

The article originally appeared on The Sun and is published here with permission.

 

 

Originally published as Major blow for Prince Harry and Meghan


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