It’s been over one week since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex officially resigned from their posts of senior members of the royal family. Many of their admirers are heartbroken to see them forsake their royal titles, but what is it that breaks the former prince’s heart? Apart from snipping off the very identity he was born with, the one thing that is hurting him is losing his royal military titles.
According to The Sun, Harry said he was “devastated” to lose the position of Captain-General, and felt he had no say in the decision. An insider at the Mountbatten Festival of Music earlier this month told the paper, “He told people he regretted having to stand down and pretty much said the decision had been forced on him.”
“He was being apologetic and did not appear fully at ease,” the source continued. “He is a genuine guy and you could see he was upset and emotional as this was one of the last times he would be in uniform among his men and women.”`
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Another source said, “There was a sense this was Harry’s swansong and the ovation they got as a greeting was one of those spontaneous things. Everyone knew Harry and Meghan would bring sparkle to the occasion but it was also tinged by sadness.”
As per Marie Claire, Harry reportedly told senior military figures including the head of the Royal Marines, Major General Matthew Holmes, “I am so proud to have served as the Royal Marines Captain and am devastated that I am having to step down.”
He went on, “I feel I’m letting people down, but I had no choice.”
His military achievement and titles are a few things Harry is extremely attached to. In fact, he is more attached to his identity as army personnel than of a prince because it was the Army that offered him his first taste of life away from being a royal.
As per ITV, after completing two tours to Afghanistan he was more comfortable being Captain Wales [called by his comrades] than Prince Harry. “I’ve always been like that. My father’s always trying to remind me about who I am and stuff like that,” he said. “But it’s very easy to forget about who I am when I am in the Army.”
Also, he had once proudly told one fellow soldier, “I’ve got the best of both worlds. I get to do all this. I can fly helicopters. I can shine a spotlight on the work I want to do,” reports MailOnline.
There is no denying the fact that losing his hard-earned laurels must be tough for Harry, the army man but we can also hope that he finds comfort in his role as Harry, the father. After all, he took these tough decisions to safeguard his family the perils of being a royal.
March 31 was the last day of Prince Harry and Meghan Meghan as royals. A day before they bid a heartfelt goodbye to their 11 million Instagram followers and assured them that their work to make the world a better place will continue.
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As we can all feel, the world at this moment seems extraordinarily fragile. Yet we are confident that every human being has the potential and opportunity to make a difference—as seen now across the globe, in our families, our communities and those on the front line—together we can lift each other up to realise the fullness of that promise. What’s most important right now is the health and wellbeing of everyone across the globe and finding solutions for the many issues that have presented themselves as a result of this pandemic. As we all find the part we are to play in this global shift and changing of habits, we are focusing this new chapter to understand how we can best contribute. While you may not see us here, the work continues. Thank you to this community – for the support, the inspiration and the shared commitment to the good in the world. We look forward to reconnecting with you soon. You’ve been great! Until then, please take good care of yourselves, and of one another. Harry and Meghan
“While you may not see us here, the work continues,” they wrote. “Thank you to this community – for the support, the inspiration and the shared commitment to the good in the world. We look forward to reconnecting with you soon. You’ve been great! Until then, please take good care of yourselves, and of one another.”