THE Queen is set to make the final decision on who takes over Prince Harry’s honorary military titles and patronages.
Royal insiders fear reigniting a brotherly row if William is handed Harry’s most treasured role of Captain General of the Royal Marines.
Princess Anne is widely expected to become the first female head of the marines, adding to her 33 honorary military titles.
While Prince Edward is ruled out as he quit the elite force after only three weeks of commando training in 1987.
Finishing touches are being put in place for the couple’s future life outside the Royal Family after a 12-month review was ordered.
Palace chiefs will make a public announcement several weeks before the March 31 deadline but their replacements will not be named until the summer.
A royal source said: “Ultimately, it’s the Queen’s decision. The posts are in her gift.”
William and Harry barely spoke after Megxit with the future king accusing his sibling of “betraying” the Queen.
Another source said: “Who takes over from Harry is a thorny issue in the family so giving the Queen the final say is the right thing to do.”
Harry is set to lose his Royal Marines title, as well as his roles as Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington near Bury St Edmunds and Commodore-in-Chief of Small Ships and Diving.
Duke not ‘fusspot’
HOSPITAL staff treating the Duke of Edinburgh are unlikely to find him an ideal patient, a royal author has said.
Penny Junor, 71, joked that medics probably “would not want him” on their shift due to his aversion to people fussing over him.
She said: “I think he can be quite blunt and I think if he felt people were fussing over him he could be quite outspoken about that.
“This is a man who doesn’t want any fuss made of his 100th birthday, so the fact he’s in hospital and getting some will really irritate him.”
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