Major Glenn Haughton is alleged to have had an affair with a junior soldier’s wife
The Armed Forces’ ‘mental health champion’ is being investigated over claims of an affair with the wife of a junior soldier who approached him for help.
Married father-of-two Major Glenn Haughton, 49, is alleged to have begun an inappropriate relationship with the woman in a breach of the military’s Values and Standards policy.
The junior soldier is understood to have introduced himself to Major Haughton in his capacity as ‘mental health champion’ – a new role created by the Ministry of Defence in a bid to remove the stigma surrounding issues such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Major Haughton, of the Grenadier Guards, also met the soldier’s wife and, according to an internal MoD document seen by the Daily Mail, they became ‘inappropriately involved’.
Since joining the Army as a teenage private soldier in 1988, Major Haughton has enjoyed a glittering career and carved out a uniquely influential role across all three services.
Influential: Major Haughton (left) with Sajid Javid and military figures at an awards night in London in 2019
Major Glenn Haughton, 49, is being investigated over claims of an affair with the wife of a junior soldier who approached him for help
He has also promoted mental health campaigns alongside Prince Harry and fronted Army promotional drives to stamp out racism and prejudice in the ranks. But following claims that he abused his position, he has stepped down as ‘mental health champion’ and as the Armed Forces’ first ever Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chiefs of the Defence Staff (SEAC).
As SEAC his role was to raise welfare issues on behalf of junior troops and to explain to them the intentions of senior officers in a language they understand. In interviews in 2020 he explained what he brought to these positions.
He said: ‘Having been a soldier for over 30 years I have something in common with the enlisted personnel in the forces.
‘I travel around and listen to what people have to say. I can then feed back unfiltered information to the senior levels of defence in the hope of making things better for our personnel.
‘Wellbeing is right up there on my list. I’ve just been appointed as mental health champion, communicating and promoting mental health and wellbeing across the armed forces.
‘I have faced my own battles with mental health. I know how to stay strong and pull together in the most challenging of times.’
Major Haughton has also promoted mental health campaigns alongside Prince Harry (pictured together in 2016) and fronted Army promotional drives to stamp out racism and prejudice in the ranks.
Asked to describe his own style, Major Haughton added: ‘Politely forcible, honest, frank, positive, upbeat, engaging and approachable with a sense of humour.’ The shocking details about his alleged misconduct are included in an official Ministry of Defence document seen by the Mail.
It said: ‘Major Glenn Haughton (SEAC) is being investigated for a breach of Values and Standards after allegedly becoming inappropriately involved with the wife of a junior NCO [Non-Commissioned Officer] who had approached him in his role as mental health champion.’
The Army describes its Values and Standards as the ‘moral principles which define who British soldiers are as individuals and what the British Army stands for as an organisation. Standards are the authoritative benchmarks against which we judge our conduct.’
In May, the Mail reported how Major Haughton quit Twitter after abuse by online trolls, many believed to be fellow soldiers. He said the experience had left him ‘suffering poor mental health’.
He announced his decision on the social network to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, saying: ‘I have witnessed and been on the receiving end of some shocking behaviour from people that should know better.’ At the time, defence officials said they were trying to identify any service personnel involved in harassing Major Haughton online. He had 32,900 followers.
The controversy surrounding Major Haughton comes as campaigners say the suicide rate among serving and retired personnel has risen sharply.
He joined the Army in 1988 as a teenage private soldier and was deployed to the first Gulf War on New Year’s Eve 1990. He later served as Regimental Sergeant Major of the Grenadier Guards in Afghanistan. Having worked with Prince Harry at mental health events and at the Invictus Games, Major Haughton vigorously defended the Duke of Sussex when he decided to step back as a senior royal.
Last night the Army said: ‘We do not comment on internal investigations or the health and wellbeing of individual personnel, but we can confirm that breaches of Values and Standards are treated very seriously.’