Prince Harry wants to retain his position as ceremonial commander of the Royal Marines despite his resignation as a senior king, an ex-soldier claims.
The Duke of Sussex resigned his key role following a bombshell announcement in January but has been given a “review” season, 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 polite and I didn’t ask him about his new life or anything.
“He just said he missed his job with the Marines and wanted to one day return to the appointment.”;
The chat is understood to have occurred shortly after the lock started.
Harry, 35, officially left military service in February but is still “technically” the Captain General of the Marines, the Ministry of Defense said.
He is joined by wife Meghan, 38, the Duchess of Sussex, and their son Archie, one, who lives in Los Angeles.
The Queen is still offering her replacement but it is believed that Princess Anne may have the prized role of the Marines.
Another military source told the Daily Mirror: “Harry was a breath of fresh air, the lads could relate to him and he was a popular figure who took a keen interest in his work.
“When he packed it, it was a shock.”
Prince Harry was made Captain General of the Royal Marines in 2017 when Prince Philip dropped 64 years later in a ceremonial role.
Harry joined the Army in 2005, first attending Sandhurst before being commissioned into the Blues and Royals regiment.
In Afghanistan he served alongside 40 Commando and established a relationship with the Marines.
He later trained as an Apache helicopter pilot.
Buckingham Palace and the Ministry of Defense both declined to comment.