King Charles replaces Prince Harry as Captain General of the Marines

28 October 2022, 15:04 | Updated: 4 November 2022, 10:05

The Palace has announced King Charles take over the role of Captain General of the Royal Marines the day after the details of the Duke's tell-all autobiography SPARE were released.
The Palace has announced King Charles take over the role of Captain General of the Royal Marines the day after the details of the Duke's tell-all autobiography SPARE were released. Picture: Alamy / LBC

By Chris Samuel

Buckingham Palace has announced King Charles take over the role of Captain General of the Royal Marines the day after the details of the Duke's tell-all autobiography SPARE were released.

There had been speculation about which member of The Firm would be handed the position, with Anne, Princess Royal tipped for the role.

The Duke lost his military titles, which also included Commodore-in-Chief of Ships and Diving, and Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington, in February 2021 after he and wife Meghan Markle announced their intention to step back as working royals the year before.

In a statement marking the Corps of Royal Marines's 358th anniversary, the King said he was "exceptionally proud" to assume the role.

Read more: Prince Harry's tell-all memoir will be called 'Spare' and released on January 10, publisher reveals

Read more: 'You're not trying!' Hospital patient takes on Sunak over nurses' pay as he U-turns on £10 missed appointment charge

He said: "The Royal Marines have a distinguished and unparalleled history, both on land and at sea. I draw immense inspiration from your courage, determination, self-discipline and a remarkable capacity to endure in the most extreme environments.

"I feel greatly honoured to become part of the Corps Family and very much look forward to meeting many of you in the near future. In the meantime, this comes with my heartfelt and special wishes for a very happy 358th birthday."

In a statement marking the Corps of Royal Marines's 358th anniversary, the King said he was "exceptionally proud" to take on the role.
In a statement marking the Corps of Royal Marines's 358th anniversary, the King said he was "exceptionally proud" to take on the role. Picture: Alamy

The monarch then quoted the Corps's motto: 'Per Mare, Per Terram', which is Latin for "By Land and By Sea".

Yesterday it was revealed that Prince Harry's memoir SPARE - an apparent reference to the phrase 'heir and spare'.

The book has been billed as "his story at last", and also delves into his "personal journey from trauma to healing".

"With its raw, unflinching honesty, SPARE is a landmark publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief," a description of the book reads.

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Capitol

Supreme Court to rule if Trump can be prosecuted in election interference case

Richard Lewis has died aged 76.

Curb Your Enthusiasm star Richard Lewis dies aged 76 after suffering heart attack

Obit Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis, humorously morose star of Curb Your Enthusiasm, dies aged 76

Robert Brown's lost his bid for parole.

BA pilot Robert Brown who bludgeoned wife to death with claw hammer loses bid for early prison release

Film Oscars-Guide

Everything you need to know about this year’s Oscars ceremony

It is understood that RedBird IMI is offering to help pay the £1.16 billion in debts that the current owners, the Barclay family, owe to Lloyds Bank.

Foreign governments must be banned from owning British newspapers, says former Tory cabinet minister

Creech was due to be taken to the execution chamber where he would be strapped down onto a medical table.

Death row execution abandoned after officials 'unable' to give lethal injection - with inmate's death warrant to expire

Mexico volcano

Flights cancelled as Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano erupts

Lee Anderson

Police 'looking into hate speech complaint against Lee Anderson' after MP said Sadiq Khan was controlled by Islamists

New data suggests fewer children are starting their education school-ready.

‘Things are poorer than ever before’: Headteacher says as poll finds fewer kids starting education are school-ready

Israel Palestinians

Food aid reaches north Gaza for first time in weeks, Israeli officials say

The raid also found Class A drugs in the London property, with one of the men later arrested on suspicion of drug supply.

Duo suspected of running smuggling ring through UK airports arrested after 'booking 27 migrants onto 11 flights'

Ben Jamal said James Cleverly's comments were 'absurd'

Palestine protest leader says James Cleverly's call for activists to end Gaza marches is 'absurd'

The 31-year-old criticised the script he was given, branding it as "15 pages of AI-generated gibberish.

'The script was 15 pages of AI-generated gibberish': Willy Wonka actor breaks silence on disastrous event

Child rescued

Helicopter’s thermal imaging camera helps find child in Florida swamp

Congress Senate

Mitch McConnell to step down as US Senate Republican leader in November