‘Ideal for life in US’ Prince Harry was ’embarrassed’ by his privileged position in UK

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Prince Harry’s desire to “fit in like a regular bloke” may have made him an “ideal fit” for a life in the US, a royal author has claimed. Christopher Andersen, author of ‘Brothers and Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan’, also noted the Duke of Sussex may not have been the first member of his family to look at the US as a possible new beginning.

He told Vanity Fair: “Harry always seemed an ideal fit for life in America, and his marriage to Meghan sealed the deal.

“Harry has always seemed slightly embarrassed by his position at the top of Britain’s class system and would like nothing better than to fit in like a regular bloke — something his father, Prince Charles, was congenitally incapable of doing.”

Princess Diana had also looked at the US in a positive light, Mr Andersen claimed.

He said: “Diana always felt at a home in the US, where her openness, compassion, and charisma made her even more popular than she was in Britain.” 

Prince Harry was born third-in-line to the throne in the Royal Family but longed to live a more normal life than his fellow members of the Firm.

Appearing in May on The Me You Can’t See, the Apple TV+ series he co-created, Harry said: “I always wanted to be normal. As opposed to being Prince Harry, just being Harry.”

During his 20s, he found normalcy in the military, when he felt a “soldier first and a royal second”, according to royal biographer Duncan Larcombe.

Citing a senior royal source, Mr Larcombe wrote in his 2017 book Prince Harry: The Inside Story: “Harry may have accepted he was a royal, but as far as he was concerned, his military career had nothing whatsoever to do with his accident of birth. 

“Being a prince and being an officer in the British Army were, in Harry’s mind, two totally separate entities.

“This was one of the main reasons a military career was so appealing to Harry.

“As an officer, he could be normal.

“His grandmother may have been the head of the Armed Forces, but this didn’t make a jot of difference in his mind. 

“He was a soldier first, and a royal second.”

The Duke of Sussex was in the Army for 10 years and served two tours in Afghanistan.

He eventually left the Armed Forces in 2015 to take on full-time duties in the Firm, but made the support of veterans and service personnel one of the cornerstones of his work.

Harry remained a prominent member of the Firm until he stepped down with Meghan as senior royal at the end of March 2020. 

A few days prior, the Sussexes had travelled from British Columbia, where they had been since mid-November 2019, to California, to start their new life as non-working royals.

Free to pursue profitable ventures, they have since struck deals with streaming giants Netflix and Spotify and become “impact partners” of sustainable investment firm Ethic.

They are also pursuing individual projects, with Meghan investing in instant super latte firm Clevr Blends and Harry becoming chief impact officer at coaching firm BetterUp.

They are also continuing their charity work via the foundation they launched at the end of 2020, focusing on issues close to their heart. 

Among them, there are women’s rights, vaccine equity and support to wounded and sick veterans and military personnel.

Prince Harry spoke about enjoying a quiet life in the US with his family during the Sussexes’ landmark interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Asked by the journalist what “delights” him in his new life in the US, the Duke said: “This year has been crazy for everybody.

“But to have outdoor space where I can go for walks with Archie, and we can go for walks as a family and with the dogs, and we can go on hikes — we’ll go down to the beach, which is so close — all of these things are just… I guess, the highlight for me is sticking him on the back of the bicycle in his little baby seat and taking him on these bike rides, which is something I was never able to do when I was young.

“I can see him on the back and he’s got his arms out and he’s like, ‘Whoo!’ chatting, chatting, chatting, going, ‘Palm tree! House!’ and all this sort of stuff.”      

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