Prince Harry ‘struggled with life as a full-time royal’, expert claims

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Prince Harry “struggled” with life as a working royal and it was the arrival of Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex that was the “catalyst” that enabled him to eventually leave for the US, experts have claimed. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s relationship with the Firm has soured ever since their momentous wedding day back in May 2018.

Since announcing that they were to leave royal life behind in January 2020, Harry and Meghan have been highly critical of the Royal Family and how they feel they were treated.

In Channel 5’s new documentary titled ‘Harry and Meghan: What Next?’, royal experts say that Harry’s lack of enthusiasm for royal life started long before Meghan arrived.

Emily Andrews, a royal correspondent, said: “He struggled with being a full-time royal even before Meghan came on the scene, so when she came, she basically held up this vision of how life could be away from the Royal Family.

“She showed him a bigger, better, and brighter future, and he took that with both hands.”

The documentary shares insight into Harry and Meghan’s final few months as working royals, including the now infamous ‘Sandringham Summit’ during which Harry spoke with the Queen, his father Prince Charles, and Prince William about the Sussexes’ future.

Royal expert Daisy McAndrew claimed that Harry and Meghan were told firmly by the late Queen that their plan of being “half in” the Royal Family and “half out” was not workable.

She said: “Harry and Meghan were expecting an awful lot with what they were demanding at the Sandringham Summit. when they were laying out how they thought it would work and how they would be half in the Royal Famly and half out.

“That was cloud-cuckoo-land, and couldn’t be done. You are either in or you are out.

“It was definitely the Queen who said ‘no’ very, very firmly to her favourite grandson. And that must have been very hard.”

Expert Katie Nicholls echoed the assessment, adding: “I think this is the life that, actually, Harry has always wanted. Meghan has been the catalyst, she has enabled him to do this.”

Just prior to Harry and Meghan’s royal exit, the couple went on a trip to Canada, where they were said to have spent time considering their options.

Journalist and royal expert Camilla Tominey also claimed that Harry had voiced his concerns to his father.

However, Harry became frustrated when he was asked to put his plans in writing, fearing that this could make it easier for them to be leaked to the press.

Ms Tominey said: “Prince Harry wanted to say to his father ‘I need to change things, I need to discuss it with you’. And Harry was told to commit his ideas to paper, he responded: ‘Well if I do that it will just end up in the newspapers’.

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“Essentially, on one hand, you had a Royal Family feeling they were being bounced into a decision on the couple’s future, and the couple being very frustrated that palace machinery wasn’t quick enough to respond to their desire to change things.”

Richard Kay, a royal journalist, added: “What they were angling for was not just a different kind of royal life, but a different life. A life absent from the royals if you like, to break free from royal duty.”

Fast-forward to 2023, relations between the Sussexes and the royals have only worsened after Harry and Meghan’s Netflix series, the Duke’s bombshell interviews with CBS and ITV, and the release of his memoir Spare.

Attention is now turned to King Charles’ Coronation. It is still unknown whether Harry and Meghan will attend with reports claiming they have been invited.

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