Prince Harry wants to keep his position as ceremonial head of the Royal Marines despite quitting as a senior royal, an ex-soldier claims.
The Duke of Sussex left his royal roles after a bombshell announcement in January but has been given a “review” period, with the possibility of a return to military positions next year.
A former Invictus Games soldier, who asked not to be named, said: “We spoke about the Games, I was very respectful and did not ask him anything about his new life or anything.
“He simply said he misses his role with the Marines and would like one day to return to the appointment.”
The chat is understood to have happened shortly after lockdown began.
Harry, 35, officially left military roles in February but is still “technically” Captain General of the Marines, said the Ministry of Defence.
He with wife Meghan, 38, the Duchess of Sussex, and their son Archie, one, are living in Los Angeles.
The Queen is yet to appoint his replacement but it is believed Princess Anne may land the prized Marines role.
Another military source told the Daily Mirror: “Harry was a breath of fresh air, the lads could relate to him and he was a very popular figure who took a keen interest in his job.
“When he packed it in, it was a shock.”
Prince Harry was made Captain General of the Royal Marines in 2017 when Prince Philip stepped down after 64 years in the ceremonial role.
Harry joined the Army in 2005, first attending Sandhurst before being commissioned into the Blues and Royals cavalry regiment.
In Afghanistan he served alongside 40 Commando and built up a rapport with the Marines.
Later he trained as an Apache helicopter pilot.
Buckingham Palace and the Ministry of Defence both declined to comment.