As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle transition to their new lives, other members of the royal family will have to pick up some of their old responsibilities. Case in point: Princess Anne, Harry's aunt, is reportedly set to become Captain-General of the Royal Marines, once Prince Harry gives up his military roles this spring.
According to the Sunday Times, Queen Elizabeth is expected to formally announce Anne's appointment soon. Harry will attend one last "farewell engagement" with the Royal Marines, when he and Meghan return to the U.K. in the coming weeks to take part in their final events as working royals. Anne will appear at the Royal Marines engagement as well.
When the princess takes over for Harry, she'll become the first woman to hold the position. Prior to Harry's tenure, which lasted a little over two years, Prince Philip had been Captain-General for 64 years. The long-serving royal only stepped back from the role in 2017, when he retired from his public duties at the age of 96. Per the Times, Philip was "particularly keen" for his daughter to get the gig.
Philip and Anne have often been said to share a close bond. "[Philip] always had more fun with Anne," Eileen Parker, wife of Philip's friend Mike Parker, told the Daily Mail in 2017. "Charles is more like the Queen, while Anne is very like Prince Philip."
If anyone can handle the extra workload, it's Princess Anne. The royal has a reputation for working hard, and is already associated with a whopping 65 military organizations.
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