Princess Anne ‘to be announced as First Female Chief of the Royal Marines in August’

Left: Prince Harry and right: Princess Anne

Prince Harry lost his role as head of the Royal Marines after retiring from a senior royal (Image: Rex / PA)

The first female commander of the Royal Marines is to be appointed, and Princess Anne is expected to be confirmed in August.

She has been officially approved by the Queen and is now listed for the role, reports the Daily Star.

Princess Royal – the queen’s only daughter – already holds military titles, including being an honorary admiral in the Royal Navy, a general in the army and an air chief marshal in the RAF.

Since 2020, there has been speculation that she could fill the role with the Royal Marines, who are currently vacant after Prince Harry resigned from his duties as senior royal.

Last year, royal insiders claimed that Prince William was not expected to get Harry’s military titles, which he greatly appreciated, for fear of creating quarrels between the two.

Prince Edward is also ruled out when he left the force after three weeks of command training in 1987.

Buckingham Palace has had to fill several honorary positions in the armed forces as Prince Harry and Prince Andrew both left their posts after leaving public office as royalty.

Prince Harry in military uniform

Harry is known for honoring his military honors (Image: Getty)

Princess Anne on the left, followed by Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, King Felipe of Spain and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands during the annual Order of the Garter in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in 2019

Princess Anne on the left followed by Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, King Felipe of Spain and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands during the annual Order of the Garter in St. Petersburg. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in 2019 (Photo: AP)

As well as the Marines, the Grenadier Guards, the Irish Rangers and the Yorkshire Regiment still need a replacement for honorary commander.

It comes after Prince Harry decided to move to the United States with his wife Meghan, where they are now raising two children in California. The couple has since criticized the royal family for allegedly lacking support for Meghan.

His uncle Prince Andrew stepped down from public duties following a disastrous interview with Newsnight about his friendship with pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein and accusations that the prince himself sexually assaulted Virginia Giuffre when she was a trafficked 17-year-old. Prince Andrew, Duke of York, has always denied these allegations.

In February, he agreed to pay an amount reported to be around £ 12 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the American woman.

Prince Harry’s aunt, Princess Royal, 70, who is married to Naval Officer Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence, is familiar with the armed forces, so it could be a safe choice for the palace.

She is already the leader of ten regiments, including King’s Royal Husars, Royal Scots, The Gurkhas and the Royal Army Veterinary Corps.

In the new role, she would be responsible for meeting current Marines and attending ceremonial events.

A senior Royal Marine source told the Daily Star that Princess Anne would fit “perfectly” because of her history of working with the Royal Navy.

He said: ‘Harry was only with us for a short time and we gave him his green beret, which concerned some people, and then he had to stand back from public life’.

Buckingham Palace has been contacted for comment.

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