King Charles Strips Prince Harry of Army Air Corps Title Amid Ongoing Rift

King Charles strips Prince Harry of his title as Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps, awarding it to Prince William instead. The move comes during Harry's brief UK visit, with the King reportedly declining to meet with him due to past controversies.

Bijay Laxmi
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King Charles Strips Prince Harry of Army Air Corps Title Amid Ongoing Rift

King Charles Strips Prince Harry of Army Air Corps Title Amid Ongoing Rift

In a move that has reportedly left Prince Harry in tears, King Charles has stripped his younger son of the title of Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps, awarding it instead to Prince William. The announcement came during Harry's brief visit to the UK for the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games, a deliberate timing that royal experts say was intended to have maximum impact.

Why this matters: This move highlights the deepening rift within the British royal family and has significant implications for the monarchy's public image. The decision may also have a lasting impact on the relationships between the royal family members and their roles within the institution.

Royal author and commentator Tom Quinn described the move as a"real kick in the teeth for the son who always felt marginalised and underrated. "He added,"What makes it much worse is that the role is being given to the very man who Harry sees as the cause of so many of his problems, his brother. "Quinn suggested that the announcement was timed to show Harry that he is no longer welcome in the royal fold.

The role of Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps was previously held by King Charles himself for 31 years when he was the Prince of Wales. Many had expected that Prince Harry, who served with the Army Air Corps in Afghanistan, would one day inherit the title and hold it with pride. Instead, it will be formally transferred to Prince William on May 13th, just days after theannouncement.

The move is seen as part of a larger effort by the royal family to cut ties with Prince Harry, who along with his wife Meghan Markle stepped back from royal duties in 2020. The couple has since been involved in various controversies, including an explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey and a Netflix documentary series. Harry's tell-all memoir "Spare", published in January 2023, contained criticisms of his father, brother, and Queen Camilla.

Adding to the tensions, King Charles declined to meet with Prince Harry during the latter's visit to the UK. Royal insiders claim the King wanted to avoid drama and is still seeking an apology from Harry and Meghan for past controversies. A source close to the King said, "He doesn't need the drama in his life. Harry and Meghan have brought him, and the rest of the family, nothing but worries over the past few years."

The King's recent cancer diagnosis has reportedly been a wake-up call, highlighting the importance of making a meaningful impact without family drama. Another insider stated,"Frankly speaking, Harry and Meghan are a painful distraction that he could do without. "As Prince William prepares to meet with the King at a joint Royal engagement on Monday, the contrast between the two brothers' positions within thefamilyhas never been more stark.