PRINCE Harry won’t be able to wear his military uniform at official events if stripped of his honorary titles in the Megxit review.
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Prince Harry, seen in his Royal Marines outfit, will not be able to wear his uniform if he loses the honorary positionCredit: AP:Associated Press
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 Megxit talks now the couple 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.
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”.
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.
Prince Harry will wear a suit with his medals like other servicemen if his honorary titles are taken away in the Megxit review
Prince Harry is seen here in his role as Honorary Air Commandant, inspecting a guard of honour during a visit to RAF HoningtonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The Prince, Commodore-in-Chief Small Ships and Diving, officially opened a Royal Navy baseCredit: Rex Features
Prince William is tipped to take on the Marines roleCredit: Reuters
It was claimed the couple themselves were unaware of what the Megxit details 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 multi-million pound deals with Netflix and Spotify – and will sit down with Oprah Winfrey in a tell-all interview to be aired next month.
And 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.
PRINCE Harry is expected to lose his honorary military titles in the Megxit review.
Currently, his honours include:
Captain General of the Royal Marines.
He is also honorary air commandant of RAF Honington in Suffolk and the 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 and the Queen’s diamond Jubilee medal
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.
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.
A source said: “There would always be a suspicion military titles and patronages could end up being used on a documentary or television show somewhere.
“Is this picture going to be used to promote something next time he has something coming out?
“There will always be that doubt. You can’t allow people to accuse you of doing it for your own interests. It’s unworkable.”
Meghan and Harry are raising their son Archie in AmericaCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have started a new life in the USCredit: Getty Images – Getty