Prince Harry's 'painful' loss after stepping down as senior royal

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Prince Harry was stripped of his three honorary military titles following his decision to step down as a senior royal earlier this year, and it's looking likely this change will become permanent.

According to Finding Freedom authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, the loss of his connection to the armed forces was one of the most 'painful' losses for the Prince.

Prince Harry wearing a navy suit with a poppy
Prince Harry has been dealt a 'painful' blow in response to leaving the royal family. Photo: Getty

"As a retired serviceman, Harry would always be able to wear his medals, but no longer could he wear uniform as 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 Navy's Small Ships and Diving Operations. These roles had come to an end," they wrote.

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"That's been a tough pill to swallow, and the one that has been most painful to Meghan witness him go through," a source revealed in Finding Freedom.

The terms of Harry and Meghan's exit will be reviewed in March next year by the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William with the Queen as yet to decide who will take over Harry's roles.

Prince Harry in the armed forces
Harry had previously considered leaving the royal family because he loved life in the army so much. Photo: Getty

It's believed they have been left open in case Harry decided to return in 2021.

Royal historian Marlene Koenig told Express UK, there's no chance Harry will be allowed to keep the titles.

"When you leave the job you don't get to retain the perks," she said. "There are consequences to actions. He chose to leave, and he cannot fulfil the responsibilities, he's gone off to live in another country."

Koenig added, "You need someone who is there all the time and he can't do that. He has made the decision to leave and cease to be a working royal."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Trooping of the Colour
According to Finding Freedom authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, the loss of his connection to the Armed Forces was one of the most 'painful' losses for the Prince. Photo: Getty

Prince Harry served in the military for a decade and launched the Invictus Games in 2014, which "use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women".

Harry once considered leaving the royal family because he loved his life in the armed forces so much.

"I felt as though I was really achieving something. I wasn't a Prince, I was just Harry," he told Mail on Sunday in 2017.

"I felt I wanted out [of the royal family] but then decided to stay in and work out a role for myself."

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