Queen hands Royal Marines man key role in ‘deeply significant’ post-Megxit move
The Queen’s appointment has been described as ‘deeply significant’ move after Megxit (Image: Getty Images)
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The Queen has appointed a Royal Marines officer as her equerry, one of the most important positions in the royal household.
Major Tom White will take up the position, of the Queen's right-hand-man, next month in what has been described as a "deeply significant" move.
This appointment has reportedly given the Royal Marines a much needed boost after the Prince Harry walked away from his role as captain general of the marines earlier this year.
The Duke of Sussex's decision to step down as a Senior Royal and away from his post with the marines was described as a "huge disappointment".
Prince Harry, 36, had held the position since 2017, taking over from his grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh.
The Queen and her current equerry Lieutenant Colonel Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah
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Major White, who is in his thirties, joined the Royal Marines in 2007 and is a respected officer with a solid record of experience.
A senior marines source told The Sunday Times : "Tom's a superstar, and this is a deeply significant appointment by Her Majesty.
"We were delighted when Harry was appointed captain general. Him walking away was a huge disappointment.
Prince Harry's stepping down as the marines captain general was described as a "huge disappointment"
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"The Royal Marines have felt they've been handed from pillar to post but this is a proud moment."
White will be filling the shoes of previous equerry Lieutenant Colonel Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah, also known as TA.
The 41-year-old became the first black equerry appointed to the royal household in 2017.
A royal source told the publication: "TA is an exceptionally popular member of the household who will be much missed."