Prince Harry wanted “the best of both worlds” and will be “devastated” to have lost his military titles, a royal expert has claimed.
Buckingham Palace confirmed on Friday, February 19, that the couple would not return as working members of the Royal Family.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped back from The Firm just over a year ago, and the drastic decision formed part of the Megxit review.
Harry will lose the following military appointments – Captain General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Force Commandant of the Royal Air Force Bas Honington, and honorary Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Navy’s Small Ships and Diving Operations.
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams believes the decision will have taken a heavy toll on the prince.
He told the Daily Star: “We knew that they weren’t going to return as working royals, and it’s worth remembering that they stepped down pretty abruptly, rather brutally, last January – which caused a crisis for the Royal Family.
“That should be borne in mind. It’s essentially very sad because Harry will be devastated by the loss of his military titles, there’s no doubt about it.”
A spokesman for Harry and Meghan released a brief statement after the palace’s announcement.
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Part of it read: "We can all live a life of service. Service is universal."
Mr Fitzwilliams added: “I think you can read an awful lot into the statement the Sussesesx put out – that they are undoubtedly bitter, they’re unhappy.
“They were a year ago and unfortunately they still are.”
Asked whether Harry wanted the best of both worlds – retaining his military titles while not being a proper working royal – Mr Fitzwilliams responded: “It was hard to be absolutely certain about this because…we’ve had so many rumours about them.
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“I think that he wanted to do that. Whether he thought he could, very possibly, but he can’t.
“So now we know, and at least the break has been made, but they’re still members of the Royal Family and there's the statue unveiling of Diana in June.
“The whole point is to look forward, they’ve a lot to look forward to.”
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Harry is reportedly determined to get back to the UK for the unveiling of a Princess Diana statue.
The Duke has pledged to be at Kensington Palace for the event on July 1, according to the Daily Express.
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