Prince Harry wants to retain his position as ceremonial head of the Royal Marines even though he quit as a senior royal, an ex-soldier claims.
The Duke of Sussex left his royal roles after a bombing announcement in January but has been granted a “review period” with the possibility of returning to military positions next year.
A former Invictus Games soldier, who asked not to be named, said: “We talked about the games, I was very respectful and asked him nothing about his new life or anything.
“He simply said he misses his role with the Navy and wants one day to return to the appointment.”
Of course, the chat happened shortly after the lockdown began.
Harry, 35, officially left military roles in February but is still “technically” the captain of the Navy, says the Department of Defense.
He with wife Meghan, 38, the Duchess of Sussex, and their son Archie, one, live in Los Angeles.
The queen is yet to appoint her replacement, but it is believed Princess Anne may land the esteemed naval role.
Another military source told the Daily Mirror: “Harry was a breath of fresh air, the boys could relate to him and he was a very popular figure who was interested in his job.
“When he wrapped it up, it was a shock.”
Prince Harry became captain general of the Royal Marinas in 2017 when Prince Philip resigned after 64 years in the ceremony.
Harry joined the Army in 2005, when he first participated in Sandhurst before being assigned to the Blues and Royals Cavalry Regiment.
In Afghanistan, he served with 40 commandos and built up a report with the Marines.
He later trained as an Apache helicopter pilot.
Buckingham Palace and the Department of Defense both declined to comment.