Prince Harry “devastated” on losing his royal military titles after he left British royalty to move to US with Meghan

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.

A per Marie Claire,  the former prince has been stripped off of his military titles and he feels “devastated” over this decision. The titles that Harry had to give up are Captain-General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Force Commandant of the Royal Air Force Base Honington, and Honorary Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Naval Commands’ Small Ships and Diving. Military appointments are considered official royal duties, ITV explains, Harry could not hold the roles without being a working royal, reports ITV.
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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.”`

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.”

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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.”

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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.

“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.”