Prince Harry Just Got A Major Royal Promotion Ahead Of Wedding To Meghan Markle

The 33-year-old has just received a royal and military honour, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Prince Philip.

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As we all know, weddings aren't exactly a cheap affair, with a recent survey estimating the average cost of a white wedding now amounting to a whopping £27,161.

So, it comes as no surprise that Prince Harry is looking to take on some additional duties in the royal family to help save up for his big day with Meghan Markle next May.

Well, sort of.

Earlier this week, the 33-year-old received news of a big promotion in the form of Captain General of the Royal Marines, taking over the role from his grandfather, Prince Philip, with Queen Elizabeth II's approval.

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'The Queen has been pleased to give her formal approval to the appointment of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales as Captain General Royal Marines,' Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

Receiving the honour, Harry told representatives of 163 states meeting in Vienna for the occasion, that he hopes to see the eradication of landmines throughout the world by 2025.

The Prince said: 'Twenty years ago this year, my mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, walked through a cleared minefield in Angola.

'She witnessed first hand the pain and suffering of those whose lives and limbs had been destroyed by landmines.'

Earlier this year, Philip announced his retirement, carrying out his final public engagement with the Marines - of which he's served in the honourable role since 1953 - so it came a fitting closure to the end of a busy year for the Royals.

In August, the Duke of Edinburgh attended a parade at Buckingham Palace to mark the Royal Marines 1664 Global Challenge, making it his 22,219th solo official engagement, carried out since 1952.

Congratulations, Harry!

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