Prince Albert Told Prince Harry to ‘Do What You Have to Do to Ensure Your Privacy’

Prince Albert offered Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, advice about the media at the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final on Nov. 2, 2019. The 61-year-old Monaco royal told the Duke of Sussex he “sympathized” with him and gave him some words of wisdom at the match between England and South Africa. 

The event came about a month after Prince Harry announced he began legal proceedings against various tabloids for publishing private letters and voicemails belonging to his wife, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex. It also followed the couple’s 10-day royal tour of Africa, their first official trip abroad with their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. 

Prince Albert ‘sympathized’ with Prince Harry

What did Albert II, Prince of Monaco say to the Duke of Sussex? He told People they had a brief conversation at the match where they discussed the media and the environment among other things. We hope baby pictures of Archie were involved. 

“I completely understand his reasons,” Prince Albert told the publication in reference to Prince Harry’s lawsuit and the comments he made in the documentary, Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, where Markle confessed she’s “not OK” with all of it. 

Prince Albert and Prince Harry at the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex shakes hands with Albert II, Prince of Monaco at the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final on Nov. 02, 2019 | Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

In the documentary which aired in the U.S. on Oct. 23, 2019, Prince Harry revealed the sound of cameras clicking still brings back bad memories relating to his late mother, Princess Diana, who experienced intense scrutiny from the press, before her untimely death in 1997. 

Prince Albert also said he expressed his support and sympathy to the 35-year-old royal. 

He advised Prince Harry to ‘ignore it and move on’

The royal father of four shared more about his conversation with the Duke of Sussex.

“He has said he feels ‘bullied,’ and I can understand and sympathized with him over that,” Prince Albert said. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on Nov. 9, 2019
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Nov. 9, 2019 | CHRIS JACKSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

The royal made it clear the words they exchanged were brief because they had other things to discuss. Although Prince Albert did say he offered advice on handling the media and the pressure that comes along with it. 

“We didn’t talk about it that much, because we talked about environment-related issues — and the rugby too — but I sympathized with him, saying, ‘Just do what you have to do to ensure your privacy.’”

He explained the words he gave the Duke of Sussex stemmed from his personal belief on what to do when it comes to negative press. 

“Sometimes you just have to ignore it and move on,” Prince Albert said. “Sometimes you can ignore whoever is out there that’s being too inquisitive or too hard on you.” 

The best thing to do “is not to pay attention,” he added. 

‘You have to protect your personal life’

Similarly to what Prince Harry said in the documentary about protecting his family — “I will always protect my family and now I have a family to protect” — Prince Albert echoed the same sentiment. 

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Meghan Markle, Prince  Harry on Sept. 25, 2019
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry on Sept. 25, 2019 | Toby Melville – Pool/Getty Images

“You have to protect your personal life, your family and their intimacy as much as possible, whenever possible,” he said. “Especially when you’re a public figure with appearances to attend.” 

Although even he admitted the task is “harder to do than to say.” He continued saying it’s “especially difficult with the British press”  calling them “so inquisitive, so harsh.” 

Prince Harry and Markle are said to be taking a six-week break from royal duties, spending Thanksgiving in Calif. with Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland.