Princess Anne set to take over from Prince Harry as Captain General of the Royal Marines

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PRINCESS Anne is set to take over from Prince Harry as Captain General of the Royal Marines. 

Other patronages he held will be “shared out” among working royals, experts said last night.

Princess Anne will take over from Harry as Captain General of the Royal Marines

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Princess Anne will take over from Harry as Captain General of the Royal MarinesCredit: AFP or licensors

The Princess Royal, 70, is likely to become the first female Captain General after Harry was forced to give up the role.

Royal sources said it would be “provocative” if the post were given to his brother William, 38.

Harry, 36, is said to “bitterly disappointed” at losing the role, among a host of other positions.

Royal author Phil Dampier said: “The Princess Royal is a good fit for the Marines and I think she is highly likely to be offered the role. 

“She is widely respected and trusted, and is already associated with the military.

“She also has the gravitas and experience needed for the position.

“Prince William could be offered the role, but I think it’s unlikely as it would be seen as provocative to take it from Harry and give it to him. 

Prince Harry has had to give up many royal patronages and military honours

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Prince Harry has had to give up many royal patronages and military honoursCredit: PA:Press Association/PA Images

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“Prince Andrew is out of the picture and Prince Edward left the Navy, so isn’t in contention.”

Mr Dampier said other patronages would now be shared among royals — but added the Queen lacks options due to Prince Andrew’s links to paedo Jeffrey Epstein.

He said Prince Edward, 56, and his wife Sophie Rhys Jones, also 56, may need to “step up”.

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