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Royal Marines apologise after Prince Harry was pictured closing his own car door

The Royal Marines have made a tongue-in-cheek apology after Prince Harry was pictured closing his car door all by himself.

42 Commando Royal Marines posted the sarcastic message to Twitter after an article appeared in Metro noting how it is ‘not the done thing’ for royals to close the door of their vehicle.

They said: “We thought the visit had gone so well until we saw this report of an epic planning fail on our part.

“We can only apologise to the nation for letting you all down. You have a right to expect better Royal car door etiquette from your Commandos.”

The photograph was taken as the Duke of Sussex, Captain General of the Royal Marines, handed the regiment’s coveted Green Beret to soldiers in Devon on Wednesday. You can read more about this engagement by clicking here.

Similar stories were published in the media last year when the Duchess of Sussex closed her car door on an engagement, with many newspapers calling the move a ‘breath of fresh air’.

More often than not, so-called etiquettes only exist in the minds of those who want to believe them.

The photograph was taken as the Duke of Sussex, Captain General of the Royal Marines, handed the regiment’s coveted Green Beret to soldiers in Devon on Wednesday.

Harry, who took over as Captain General from the Duke of Edinburgh in 2017, acknowledged just what a special moment this was for the marines, saying ”this is an enormous privilege for yourselves to get the green beret. I am fully aware of how lucky I am to be wearing the green beret without doing what you’ve done”.

Harry was referring to the tough training needed to be presented with the beret. Marines have to complete a 32-week course culminating with that 30 mile march across Dartmoor, carrying 45 pounds of equipment. They have to finish that last stage in eight hours to succeed.

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