Prince Harry has told friends he misses the Army and believes his life has been “turned upside down”, according to reports.
A well-placed source told The Daily Telegraph the Duke of Sussex, who stepped down as a senior royal last month, has revealed to pals he is “really missing” his time as a soldier and his military appointments.
As part of the deal which saw the prince, 35, and wife Meghan Markle ‘abdicate’ to North America, the Queen stripped her grandson of his appointments.
These include Captain General of Marines, Honorary Air Commandant Royal Air Force Honington, and Commodore-in-Chief of Small Ships and Diving.
The source continued: “He was in a happy place when he was serving in the Army, then he met Meghan and since then life has been great. But I don’t think he foresaw things turning out quite as they did.”
However, they added Harry doesn’t blame Meghan, 38, with the couple and son Archie now living in Los Angeles, but has a sense he was potentially “better protected” in the forces.
During his military career, the duke, known as Captain Wales by his comrades, spent 10 years in the Army during which time he undertook two operational tours of Afghanistan and qualified as an Apache helicopter commander.
While serving, he also went on to found the Invictus Games, a competition for injured, sick and wounded Armed Forces personnel and veterans.
Harry’s military career came to an end in June 2015, but since that time he has remained a passionate advocate for the Armed Forces and has been bestowed a number of ceremonial military titles.
Speaking of the titles, he once said: “Luckily for me, I will continue to wear the uniform and mix with fellow servicemen and women for the rest of my life, helping where I can.”
His highest profile military title is as Captain General of the Royal Marines, a role he was handed by the Queen in December 2017, succeeding the Duke of Edinburgh.
As the ceremonial head of the elite unit, Harry was entitled to wear the uniform and insignia equivalent to a Field Marshal.
At some stage Harry will be entitled to a small Army pension, as a retired officer after ten years, which will amount to around £10,000 a-year, boosted by his qualification as an Apache helicopter pilot.
His promotion to Captain General came after he served alongside 40 Commando in Helmand Province and was later invited by the green berets to open a new base at Plymouth.
Since taking up the post Harry has visited the Commando Training base, joined them in action during war-games in Norway and spent a day with SBS special forces in their killing house at Poole, in Dorset.
But while it was a popular move with senior officers, ordinary marines said the prince liked wearing the uniform but did not want to get involved in the physical side of the corps that he represented.
One told the Mirror: “A lot of lads were not impressed that he was just given a beret and his commando badges yet he did nothing for them , not one run, nothing. He won’t be missed.
“His Dad who heads the paras underwent the jumps the course before the Army would let him wear wings, yet we just gave our beret and badges away”.