Prince Harry could face yet another “spat” with the Queen if he tries to keep his military titles, a royal expert has claimed.
The Duke of Sussex was stripped of several military titles thought to be very important to him following his split from royal duties with wife Meghan Markle.
But he is now said to be considering “fighting” to reclaim the titles, reports the Daily Star.
Such a move could bring about a major “spat” between the Sussexes and senior royals, according to an expert.
Before ‘Megxit,’ Harry held three senior titles: Captain-General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Force Commandant of the Royal Air Force Base Honington, and Honorary Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Naval Commands’ Small Ships and Diving.
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Speaking on the Daily Mail’s royal TV talk show Palace Confidential, royal correspondent Rebecca English said: “The military titles was the one issue after the Sandringham summit that was yet to be resolved.
“Obviously the couple were told they had to give up most of their royal links and patronages but Harry is very passionate about his work with the military.
“The Queen agreed to let him keep his three honorary military titles in abeyance until the 12-month probationary period was up.”
She added: “The Daily Telegraph was briefed by friends of Harry this week claiming he was determined to fight to keep these patronages.
“I’ve spoken to Buckingham Palace who are not commenting on the record but the definite guidance is they don’t feel their position has changed.
“It does need to be a clean break and Harry will have to relinquish those titles as well.
“It does seem like there could be another spat on the horizon and again that’s something the monarchy and also Harry and Meghan don’t need.”
The three military titles may not be all that Harry has to give up.
Royal expert Marlene Koenig has pointed out that Harry may not be in a position to continue using the Duke of Sussex title if he decides to apply for US citizenship.
He and Meghan initially shifted to Canada with baby Archie, where the American former actress filmed hit legal show Suits.
They moved to a pal’s multimillion-pound mansion in Los Angeles to be closer to Meghan’s mum during the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking to the Daily Express, Ms Koenig said: “He would literally have to give it up, even though there is no law preventing him from still being called Prince Harry, but when you become a US citizen, you have to renounce any titles or allegiance.”
“But, for example, there are two Americans who are peers,” she added. “One is the Earl of Wharncliffe and I’m sure he doesn’t use his title in everyday life, but I’m sure there’s nothing stopping him from using it.
“And there are at least two Americans who have inherited a baronetcy.
“You might not put that on your business card if you’re a carpenter but it’s not against the law.”
The Mirror has approached Prince Harry’s representatives for comment.
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