Prince Harry recreating Princess Diana misery as Duke regrets interview just like she did

Prince Philip: Prince Harry may have 'regrets' claims Myers

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Harry and his wife Meghan Markle rocked the world when they opened up about their life in the Royal Family to the US TV legend, but the timing of the broadcast was unfortunate because Prince Philip was in hospital at the time. The Duke of Edinburgh had heart surgery and was being treated for an infection during his month-long hospital stay earlier this year. He returned home to Windsor Castle but sadly died on Friday aged 99.

Harry has returned to the UK for his funeral on Saturday, where he will come face to face with his family members for the first time since the divisive interview.

According to one insider, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have regrets over the timing of the interview and “wished things could’ve been different”.

They told the source they had no control over the timing of the broadcast and felt they needed to have their say, according to Heat Magazine.

They also emphasised that their “love and respect” for both the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh was “never in doubt”.

Harry’s feelings heartbreakingly echo what Princess Diana felt after her bombshell interview with BBC Panorama’s Martin Bashir.

Diana, who tragically died in a car crash in Paris in 1997, opened up about the difficulties in her marriage to Prince Charles in a TV interview two years before her death.

She famously spoke about her husband’s infidelity ‒ “there were three of us in this marriage” ‒ and other troubling topics like her mental health and the alleged lack of support from other royals, a topic which also came up in Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview.

However, Diana “deeply regretted” delving into everything even before it was broadcast, according to her former private secretary Patrick Jephson

Diana only told her private secretary about the interview a week before it was due to air and he claimed she was already beginning to question whether she had done the right thing and was worried how the world would react.

Mr Jephson said: “I think the scales fell from her eyes and suddenly what had been a rather subversive or daring scheme ‒ or however [the BBC] had dressed it up for her ‒ it suddenly in the cold light of day didn’t look like such a good idea.”

He added that, in particular, she regretted portraying herself as “a victim” when she was “a much stronger person”.

He said: “She was in a position to be a healer, rather than a victim. She could have appeared from a position of strength.

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“I found it frustrating professionally and I think she regretted it as well, portraying herself as a victim and asking for sympathy. She missed an opportunity to cement her position.”

He added: “I think by the time of the broadcast, she deeply regretted it, not least because it did nothing to advance her cause.”

Veteran royal reporter and editor Robert Jobson and Diana’s friend Simone Simmons backed up the claim that Diana regretted her decision.

Both highlighted Prince William’s reaction to the interview as a significant contributor to this regret.

Diana’s mother ‘terrified’ she’d make same mistakes says expert

Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams issued a warning to Harry ahead of the interview that he might start to feel the same as his mother.

He told Express.co.uk “It is supposed to be a no holds barred interview and the vast majority of viewers will want to know why they stepped back subsequently to step down as senior royals after less than two years.

“Since what they reveal is supposed to be so dramatic, he could regret it.”

Now it appears this may have come true, however Harry’s feelings were more to do with the timing of the interview rather than its content.

Broadcasting the interview while Philip was in hospital will have added to the stress the Queen is under, despite Harry insisting he loves and respects Her Majesty.

Harry always got on well with his grandfather and will be mourning his death like the rest of the family.

However, his decision to do the interview has strained his relationship with his family more than ever, and it may be somewhat awkward at their reunion this weekend.

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