Prince Harry wants to keep his position as ceremonial head of the Royal Marines, ex-soldier claims

Prince Harry allegedly wants to keep his position as ceremonial head of the Royal Marines despite quitting as a senior royal, an ex-soldier has claimed.

The Duke of Sussex, 35, decided to step back as a senior royal in January meaning he also left his royal roles, but a ‘review’ period may offer the possibility of a return to military positions next year.  

Speaking to The Mirror, an anonymous Invictus Games soldier claimed: ‘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.’

Prince Harry salutes as the Last Post is played as he joins British troops and service personal remaining in Afghanistan and also International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) personnel and civilians as they gather for a Remembrance Sunday service at Kandahar Airfield November 9, 2014 in Kandahar, Afghanistan

Prince Harry salutes as the Last Post is played as he joins British troops and service personal remaining in Afghanistan and also International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) personnel and civilians as they gather for a Remembrance Sunday service at Kandahar Airfield November 9, 2014 in Kandahar, Afghanistan

Prince Harry salutes as the Last Post is played as he joins British troops and service personal remaining in Afghanistan and also International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) personnel and civilians as they gather for a Remembrance Sunday service at Kandahar Airfield November 9, 2014 in Kandahar, Afghanistan

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend The Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall in London on March 7, 2020

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend The Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall in London on March 7, 2020

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend The Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall in London on March 7, 2020

Prince Harry backed plans to create a new multi-million pound museum honouring the Royal Marines in one of his last acts as Captain General of the unit.

The Duke of Sussex said the ‘rich and impressive history’ of the Royal Navy corps should be preserved and called for £5million to be raised to help launch the museum.

Penning a letter to support the project was one of Prince Harry’s last acts as Captain General of the Royal Marines before he revealed he and wife Meghan Markle would be stepping down from royal duties. 

Prince Harry was made Captain General of the Royal Marines in 2017, taking over from his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip – who had held the title for 64 years. 

Prince Harry visiting West Point Military Academy, America, in 2010

Prince Harry visiting West Point Military Academy, America, in 2010

Prince Harry with his regiment The Blue and Royals at the Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service in Berkshire in 2007

Prince Harry with his regiment The Blue and Royals at the Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service in Berkshire in 2007

Harry visits West Point Military Academy in New York in June 2010 (left) and with his regiment The Blue and Royals at a Remembrance Sunday parade in Windsor in November 2007 (right)

Harry in a Spartan armoured vehicle in February 2008 in Helmand province, Afghanistan

Harry in a Spartan armoured vehicle in February 2008 in Helmand province, Afghanistan

Harry in a Spartan armoured vehicle in February 2008 in Helmand province, Afghanistan

The rank is the ceremonial head of the elite unit, and Prince Harry was entitled to wear Royal Marines museum.

The royal, who is currently living in an ultra-luxury Beverly Hills hideout that belongs to Hollywood tycoon Tyler Perry with wife Meghan Markle and son Archie, joined the Army in 2005 – after attending Sandhurst and being commissioned into the Blues and Royals cavalry regiment.

He served alongside 40 Commando in Afghanistan and built up a rapport with the Marines – before training as an Apache helicopter pilot.

Harry, who announced on January 8 that he is stepping down as a senior royal, also joined wounded veterans for a 1,000-mile walk of Britain in 2015.

Buckingham Palace has been contacted for comment