Prince Harry is trying to come to terms with hidden heartbreak

Prince Harry has been struggling with one official detail of his exit from the Royal Family - and it's left him devastated. 

Since he joined the Army, the Duke of Sussex has proudly been a member of the British Armed Forces, and he has been a staunch supporter of all servicemen and their families. 

The royal spent ten years in the Army and served in two tours of Afghanistan, before leaving in 2015.

However, since then, he has held several ceremonial roles within the Armed Forces.

But when he was stripped of his official royal military titles by the Queen, following his announcement that he wanted to step away from the Royal Family, Harry just couldn't come to terms with what had happened. 

Harry was formally asked to step down from being the Captain General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Force Commandant of the Royal Air Force Base Honington, and honorary Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Navy’s Small Ships and Diving Operations.

Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie, co-authors of Finding Freedom, wrote how Harry is no longer allowed to wear his official military uniforms or be recognised by his former titles - although he can wear his medals.

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The writers said it was one of the hardest parts of stepping back from the Royal Family for Harry.

They wrote, "If his grandmother's validation of his experiences served as encouragement, the most demoralising aspect of the new deal was his being stripped of his honorary military appointments that had been awarded to him as a senior royal."

"As a retired serviceman, Harry would always be able to wear his medals but no longer could he wear uniform... These roles had come to ane end."

The last time Harry wore his military uniform was at the Mountbatten Festival of Music, back in March 2020.

Rachel Bowie, one of the hosts of the Royally Obsessed podcast, claimed Harry appeared to struggle at the event.

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She said he admitted,  “I’m devastated that I am having to stand down.”

Rachel added: “When they received a standing ovation, people thought Harry looked a little teary-eyed.”

It was a crushing blow for Harry, who helped found the Invictus Games - a sporting event for retired injured servicemen from all over the world, and he has fought to come to terms with it. 

"That's been a tough pill to swallow, and the one that has been most painful to Meghan witness him go through," a source claimed in Finding Freedom.

Also read: Prince Harry reveals exciting news about son, Archie

Speaking candidly in 2017, the royal told Mail on Sunday that his time in the army made him seriously consider a life outside of the royal family.

"I felt as though I was really achieving something. I wasn't a Prince, I was just Harry," he said at the time.

"I felt I wanted out [of the royal family] but then decided to stay in and work out a role for myself."

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