Princess Anne to take over Prince Harry's military role: report

By Zach Harper

Princess Anne will inherit Prince Harry's title of captain-general of the Royal Marines, reports say – a move that would see her make history.

According to The Sunday Times, the Princess Royal will become the first woman to ever hold the role when the Duke of Sussex officially resigns from the position in the spring.

While this is history-making news for Anne and the Royal Family, it's hardly her first military role. The move, which The Sunday Times reports the Queen is expected to announce very soon, makes a lot of sense, since Anne is already associated with 65 different military organizations. Seven of those titles are Canadian. She also holds the rank of Admiral and Chief Commandant of Women in the Royal Navy. Anne is also married to Sir Timothy Laurence, who is Vice Admiral in the Royal Navy.

Prince Philip, pictured in 2013 was captain-general of the Royal Marines from 1953-2017. Photo: © Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Harry inherited the post of captain-general of the Royal Marines from Prince Philip in 2017. But since he and Duchess Meghan are stepping down from their senior royal roles, he must relinquish his military titles as part of an agreement the couple made with the Royal Family.

After the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their decision on Jan. 8, Harry attended talks at Sandringham on his and Meghan's future with Prince Charles, Prince William and the Queen.

Last month, Buckingham Palace released a statement about an agreement on the couple's futures. In it, it was revealed the Sussexes "will no longer receive public funds for Royal duties," will not use their HRH titles and Harry would relinquish his military titles.

This past weekend, it was revealed the Queen has asked Harry, Meghan and Archie to return to the United Kingdom for Commonwealth Day in March. It will be their last series of official royal engagements.

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