Megxit Has Given Prince Harry the ‘Opportunity to Just Become Harry’ According to Lady Julie Montagu (Exclusive)
Megxit might be the best thing that has happened to Prince Harry. Julie Montagu, Viscountess Hinchingbrooke, who was born in America, believes that leaving the royal family has finally given Harry “an opportunity to just become Harry.” With Harry and Meghan Markle’s exit from the royal family finally official, here is a look at why he is enjoying more freedom than ever.
Julie Montagu knows exactly what Prince Harry is experiencing
Leaving the royal family was a huge step for Harry, who has never really known life outside of the royal spotlight. While few people can relate to the Duke of Sussexes’ plight, Julie understands the differences between British people and Americans like few people do.
Julie was born in Illinois and went to college at Indiana University. After finishing her degree in computer science, she re-located to London where she met her future husband, Luke Montagu.
After they dated for a few months, Julie discovered that Luke was actually Viscount Hinchingbrooke and that his father was also known as the Earl of Sandwich. The pair went on to tie the knot in 2005, a year after their first meeting.
At the beginning of her career, Julie ran a successful blog titled Flexi Foodie. She went on to write several cookbooks and agreed to star in a reality show called Ladies of London.
Julie’s career has drawn many comparisons to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, an American who also married into the British aristocracy. Not only has Julie given multiple interviews about the Sussexes, but she also commentated on their wedding for the BBC.
Julie will next be seen sharing her expertise as the host of An American Aristocrat’s Guide to Great Estates on the Smithsonian Channel.
What does Viscountess Hinchingbrooke think of Megxit?
Harry and Meghan’s decision to leave the ranks of the royal family shocked fans around the world. It was no secret that the couple found adjusting to life under the royal spotlight difficult, but few expected they would outright leave the monarchy.
Although the couple’s decision has been met with mixed responses, Julie believes Megxit might be the best thing to happen to Harry in a long time.
In a recent interview, Julie revealed that leaving the royal family has “given him the opportunity to just become Harry.” She also emphasized that Harry has not “closed the door” on his family.
But after witnessing what happened to his mother, Princess Diana, Prince Harry believed the only way to protect his family was to get out.
“Imagine what he has seen behind closed doors,” Julie added. “He had to think ‘Do I really want my son to go through this too?’”
Julie noted that she believes Harry’s relationship with Prince William will also benefit from Megxit and noted “time is a great healer,” which suggests some time apart will help mend the rift.
Julie Montagu believes Harry’s life will be drastically different
Having lived in America and the United Kingdom, Julie has a keen understanding of the differences between the two countries. While British people tend to be more reserved with their emotions, Americans have a reputation for being very open about how they feel.
In another interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Julie revealed this will be one of the biggest adjustments Prince Harry will have to make — but that does not make it a bad thing.
“I feel like he has found somebody that he can be emotionally open with and I think that’s a really good thing… Family becomes the most important thing,” she explained. “I always say whenever you meet an American, you know their life story within 24 hours… We’re very emotionally open, which I think for Harry is actually a really good thing.”
Harry has done a lot of great work in the field of mental health. In recent years, Harry has also opened up about the struggles he faced in the wake of his Princess Diana’s tragic death.
Julie argued that royal watchers will see a change in Harry’s demeanor now that he is living in Los Angeles. Harry will be allowed to open up about his emotions like never before, including discussing topics that are normally off-limits for members of the royal family.
Will Prince Harry and Prince William make amends?
With Harry undergoing some big changes, it is possible that time will heal his longstanding feud with William. And the road to making amends may have started with Archie Harrison’s birthday.
According to Express, Harry and Meghan initiated a video call with members of the royal family to celebrate Archie turning one year old. Royal insider Katie Nicholl revealed that Queen Elizabeth took part in the virtual chat, as did William and Kate Middleton.
“The Queen will wish him happy birthday this week via Zoom as will the Cambridge children,” Nicholl shared. “They haven’t seen their little cousin in months so they’ve been looking forward to seeing how much he’s grown.”
Prince Harry and Meghan moved to LA back in March and are reportedly looking to settle down in the area. In celebration of Archie’s birthday, the couple released a rare video of Archie enjoying some story time with Meghan.
Catch Julie Montagu, Viscountess Hinchingbrooke, on An American Aristocrat’s Guide to Great Estates when it premieres May 17 at9pm EST on the Smithsonian Channel.