Prince Harry ‘determined to keep military titles’ despite leaving UK in Megxit
Prince Harry is "determined to keep his military titles despite leaving the UK," it has been claimed.
The royal will fight to keep the honorary roles he was forced to give up when he quit the royal family in Megxit last January.
He has made clear in his recent legal action against the Mail on Sunday newspaper that he considers his military links crucial to his reputation and future.
The Duke of Sussex's three titles – Captain-General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington and Commodore-in-Chief, Small Ships and Diving, Royal Naval Command – are one of the few remaining issues to be resolved following his and Meghan Markle's decision to quit the royal family just over a year ago.
When he and the Duchess of Sussex, 39, moved to the US he agreed to give the titles up pending a review of their position in March 2021.
It is claimed they remain the one aspect of his former life that Harry, 36, is desperate to cling on to.
A pal said: "His military work is one of the most important things to him. Of course he wants to keep them."
It is believed that Harry will have no choice but to give up the titles because he was no intention to return to the royal family.
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The Queen made it clear at the Sandringham summit last January that he could not opt for a "one foot in, one foot out" approach to official duties and her attitude is not thought to have changed.
Harry spent 10 years in the Army, rising to the rank of Captain and serving two tours in Afghanistan. He also set up the Invictus Games for injured veterans.
When he moved to California he did so with the intention of regularly travelling back and forth between the US and the UK, according to one friend, but the coronavirus pandemic shelved those plans.
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Harry's commitment to the military was at the heart of a legal action against the Mail on Sunday, who claimed he "had not been in touch since his last appearance as an honorary Marine in March".
The Duke was left "personally affronted" by the articles in the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline published last October.
He won "substantial damages" which he will donate to the Invictus Games Foundation.
Harry said the offending article would have caused "huge damage" and "serious harm" to his reputation, particularly in the eyes of military and ex-military personnel who might believe he had "snubbed and turned his back on his comrades".
A spokesman for Harry has been contacted for comment.
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