A top general expressed his disappointment at Prince Harry for turning his back on his military role because he quit his royal duties and moved to the U.S. with Meghan Markle.
Major General Julian Thompson said in an interview with Daily Mail that he does not want to lecture Prince Harry. However, Thompson admitted his frustration over the Duke of Sussex because he's no longer accessible to them and has been stuck in Los Angeles.
The general said that the royal doesn't seem to take his role seriously. The post of the Captain-General of the Marines has been vacant since Harry's step back early this year. The Queen has not assigned anyone else pending the Sussex pair's review with the senior royals in March 2021.
Sources told the Daily Mail that Prince Harry hasn't been in touch with Thompson's organization by email, phone or letter. The Duke of Sussex also failed to reply to the notes sent by Lord Dannatt of the British military community.
The group now wants a permanent replacement for Prince Harry, who actually inherited the nominal role from his grandfather, Prince Philip, in 2017. In a separate interview with Daily Express, Thompson said that they are eyeing Prince William to take the post his brother abandoned.
First Sea Lord Admiral Lord West also agreed that Prince William would be the perfect replacement. As the future King of England, the top officials said that they would be proud to have the Duke of Cambridge as their new Captain-General.
The Ministry of Defence does not want to comment on the gripes of the top officials against Prince Harry. The Duke of Sussex, however, continues to support ex-military personnel who are participating in the Invictus Games next year. According to Metro, Harry has restarted work for the organization as it plans to mount its event in the middle of 2021, after necessarily postponing this year's competition.
Meanwhile, the biography Finding Freedom from authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand highlighted how much it devastated Prince Harry to be stripped off of his royal roles when he resigned as a working royal. Sources said that this was the most painful blow to the Duke of Sussex because he loved his life as a former serviceman.
Aside from the Captain-General of the Royal Marines, Prince Harry was also the Royal Air Force Base Honington Honorary Air Force Commandant and the Royal Navy's Small Ships and Diving Operations honorary Commodore-in-Chief. He was in the military for a decade and had tours of duty in war-torn Afghanistan.