Prince Harry is reportedly interested in returning to a role he had to relinquish after stepping down as a senior member of the British royal family.

The Duke of Sussex wanted to return to his role as the Captain General Royal Marines, a former soldier and friend has claimed.

“He simply said he misses his role with the Marines and would like one day to return to the appointment,” the unnamed former Invictus Games soldier told The Mirror.

The conversation took place shortly after lockdown began, the outlet reported.

Another military source said Harry’s departure was a “shock” to his colleagues.

“Harry was a breath of fresh air, the lads could relate to him and he was a very popular figure who took a keen interest in his job,” the source said.

Harry, who took over the ceremonial head role from Prince Philip in December 2017, left the appointment on March 31, his final day as a working member of the royal family.

He also lost his positions as Honorary Air Commandant Royal Air Force Honington and Commodore-in-Chief of Small Ships and Diving, while retaining his rank of Major and honorary ranks of Lieutenant Commander and Squadron Leader.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new roles would be reviewed in 12 months’ time.

The Sussexes’ website stated: “During this 12-month period of review, The Duke’s official military appointments will not be used as they are in the gift of the Sovereign. No new appointments will be made to fill these roles before the 12-month review of the new arrangements is completed.”

Harry’s military service began in 2005. He attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for training before being commissioned into the Blues and Royals cavalry regiment.

He also completed two tours in Afghanistan, for which he was awarded an Operational Service Medal.

>Harry and Meghan are now residing in California in the US.

This article originally appeared on Over60.