King Charles takes Harry’s old role instead of making ‘historic’ moment for Anne

King Charles has taken up one of the key royal roles that Prince Harry gave up when he quit royal life in 2020.

In doing so he passed up on the opportunity to give it to Princess Anne in what would have been a "historic" moment as the first female Captain General, according to a royal expert.

Harry was reportedly "devastated" at stepping down as Captain General of the Royal Marines in March 2020, a post he had held since 2017.

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"I feel I’m letting people down, but I had no choice," he told Royal Marines Commandant General Matthew Holmes at the Mountbatten Festival of Music two years ago.

Today (Friday, October 28), as the Royal Marines celebrates its 358th birthday, it's been announced that the King will step into the role, which has been vacant since Harry jetted off to the US with Meghan Markle.

According to royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams, Anne was rumoured to be in the running for the role. The King's sister already holds a number of honorary military positions throughout the commonwealth.

Fitzwilliams told the Daily Star: "There had been speculation that the Princess Royal might be the first female Captain General.

"It would have been historic, [but] he may give her other patronages."

He also noted that the King taking the role is actually the natural order of things.

He continued: "This has traditionally been a role that the monarch has undertaken, including the King’s grandfather and great grandfather."

Fitzwilliams was also keen to insist that we shouldn't read too much into the announcement with regards to the relationship between the King and Harry.

He added: "There is no connection between this announcement and any other.

"We should expect a number of similar announcements as the royals had some 3,000 patronages during the Queen's reign and she held over 500.

"Royal patronages are very highly valued."

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