Prince Harry ‘Feeling Secretly Tortured’ and ‘Overwhelmed with Guilt’ After Royal Exit, Source Claims

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s decision to leave the royal family might have seemed drastic at the time, but the couple had experienced an overwhelming amount of media scrutiny. Moving away to Los Angeles took them far from the royal spotlight, but many have wondered how Prince Harry will adjust to this very different life.

Prince Harry tours The Silverstone Experience at Silverstone on March 6, 2020 in Northampton, England
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Prince Harry and Meghan felt they had no other option

In January, the Sussexes dropped a bombshell announcement that they planned to step back from their royal duties. While the news surprised many, Queen Elizabeth supported their decision and finalized plans for them to move forward with this new chapter.

Following the queen’s statement of support, Prince Harry shared how they felt the decision was their only option.

“The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly,” he explained during a speech at a dinner for supporters of Sentebale. “It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven’t always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option.”

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Prince Harry is ‘secretly tortured’ over the decision, book claims

Many royal experts have weighed in with their thoughts about how Harry might be finding his new life in LA with Meghan and their son Archie. A new book claims that he’s really struggling with the move and feeling guilty, however.

In the book Royals At War: The Inside Story of Harry and Meghan’s Shocking Split With the House of Windsor, authors Andy Tillett and Dylan Howard wrote about how Harry is “feeling secretly tortured.”

The timing of Prince Harry and Meghan leaving their royal life behind coincided with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which left the Sussexes as well as the royal family in lockdown. Harry’s father, Prince Charles, tested positive for coronavirus, which added another layer to the situation.

“On top of it all, he’s got cabin fever,” a source claimed (via The Sun), noting that Prince Harry is “overwhelmed with guilt.” The insider added, “It was far from an ideal situation. Harry’s gone from feeling excited about the move to feeling secretly tortured.”

Being away from his family during this trying time, the source said, “hit home for him that Charles and the queen aren’t going to be around forever.”

Of course, Meghan is providing the support Harry needs, with the insider explaining, “She’s assuring [Harry] that once things go back to normal, he’ll love their new life in LA. Meghan wants to take him hiking and talks about the local polo club and how much he’ll love surfing.”

The timing of their exit wasn’t ideal

When Prince Harry and Meghan announced their plan, the coronavirus outbreak wasn’t on anyone’s radar. The timing of their final move to LA came when social distancing was mandated and people had to quarantine in their homes.

This concerned royal commentator Angela Mollard, who explained during a Royals podcast why she was worried about Prince Harry.

“I really worry about Harry,” she explained, adding, “He is someone who is very connected to his family — it’s all he has ever known.”

Mollard said she was very concerned that leaving that all behind and being away from his family could have a negative impact on Harry. “Of all the times to move apart from the royal family, I can imagine that right now he feels tremendously isolated,” Mollard explained. “Everybody, of course, is isolated but he is not just isolated from his family, he is isolated on the other side of the world.”

“He is just with Meghan and their son, they will be having no contact with friends and he can’t engage with anything purposeful at the moment,” the expert added.