PUBLISHED: 23:07, Sat, Oct 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 23:07, Sat, Oct 3, 2020
The move, confirmed by senior Royal Navy sources, anticipates that the outcome of Harry’s 12-month review will find “no reason to alter current arrangements”. The Duke of Sussex was appointed Captain General of the Marines in 2017 when his grandfather Prince Philip stepped down after holding the post for 67 years.
The decision to formally replace him will come as a blow to Harry who is said to have hoped to resume his ceremonial duties despite moving to the US with wife Meghan.
It comes as a new book, Battle Of Brothers, claims to expose the depth of Royal Family anger after Harry and Meghan’s decision to step down.
The Duke of Cambridge was so infuriated that he refused to dine with Harry alone before a summit with the Queen, it was claimed.
The Queen also felt the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were “erratic and impulsive” in making their departure, the book by royal biographer Robert Lacey said.
Prince Harry is devastated to lose his military roles (Image: GETTY)
While William currently holds titles across the Armed Forces, his only major command appointment is as the Colonel in Chief of the Irish Guards. And the Marines feel the future king will be a boost for morale and recruitment.
A source said: “The Duke of Cambridge has been approached with a view to taking on the role of Captain General.
“ There is a real sense that, should he accept, he would offer the Corps exactly what it needs at this point in its history.
“Our understanding is that he is keen to take up the appointment.”
In March, Harry reportedly told the Commandant General Royal Marines, Matthew Holmes, he was “devastated” at having to step down, adding: “I feel I’m letting people down, but I had no choice”.
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