Prince Harry to quit British army after 10 years
Prince William’s new military position as a Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps “wouldn’t have gone down well” with Prince Harry, an expert has claimed.
“There were other appointments as well, like Kate getting military appointments, Sophie took over a role that Andrew fulfilled,” Daily Express Royal Correspondent Richard Palmer said on the Royal Round-Up podcast with Pandora Forsyth on Friday.
King Charles announced three new military appointments to his eldest son and heir last week – Colonel-in-Chief of the Mercian Regiment, Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps and Royal Honorary Air Commodore of Royal Air Force Valley.
Prince Harry once served in the Army Air Corps and many speculated he might have hoped to one day become the head of unit.
And the royal expert stressed that, while the Duke of Sussex may still have a very strong place for the military in his heart, he’s not so sure about the military’s respect for him as there are many divided opinions.
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He said: “There are some people who speak very highly of him and others who were critical of his decision to abandon the life of service to the nation.”
Richard added that the ties between the monarchy and the UK’s Armed Forces are very important – and that he doesn’t see that changing any time soon.
“The ties between the monarchy and the armed forces are really important, not just in this country, you see it in Europe, all of the constitutional monarchies expert the heir to serve some time in the military and I don’t think that’s gonna change in this country”, he said.
He mentioned the time when Queen Elizabeth II criticised the Blair government for not sending ministers out to see injured troops as the UK had forces fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The expert said: “What was interesting is that in many cases the troops didn’t want to see them because it was the same people that sent them out there and I think the monarchy provides for them a little bit of distance and something to focus on, to be loyal towards.”
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