Prince Harry Feels ‘Homesick’ and ‘Cut Off’ From Royal Family After Exit, Source Claims

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex made the bombshell announcement to leave their royal duties behind in order to pursue a more private life away from the spotlight. With their exit from the royal family official as of Mar. 31 and their move to Los Angeles, there have been concerns over how Prince Harry is adjusting to this new chapter in his life, given the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the distance from the royals.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Prince Harry reportedly is ‘homesick,’ according to a source

Given all that’s going on with the pandemic and the need for self-isolation, it’s not surprising to hear a source share that Prince Harry is “homesick” right now.

“Harry is feeling very far from home and homesick at the moment,” the source told ET. “It hasn’t helped that they are on lockdown in a place he doesn’t know and he is feeling cut off.”

The source added that “the time difference makes it difficult for him to speak to his family in the UK” though he “has been in regular touch” with Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles, and Queen Elizabeth.

A friend claims that Prince Harry is finding life ‘challenging’

In addition to the report that he’s missing home, Prince Harry’s friend, Dr. Jane Goodall, noted in an interview that Harry is “finding life a bit challenging.

It was uncertain if she was referencing the current pandemic which has many feeling isolated, however. “I don’t know how his career is going to map out, but yes, I’ve been in touch, though I think he’s finding life a bit challenging just now,” Goodall told Radio Times.

Another source shared with ET that it’s been a “stressful” transition for Harry to make from his royal life. “Things have been stressful for Prince Harry since his move,” the insider noted. “It hasn’t been easy.”

“We know he’s been concerned for family in the UK, naturally, but he wants to do what he thinks is best for his own family,” the source added.

One expert shares he may be feeling that his life lacks purpose

Royal commentator Angela Mollard did a deep dive into Goodall’s comment about Prince Harry finding life challenging, sharing during the Royals podcast that “she could be referring to coronavirus and lockdown.”

Mollard added that Goodall’s comment “suggests that the life that they’ve chosen for themselves, the fact they’ve broken away from the royal family at a time when the rest of the royal family are possibly, arguably, more purposeful and necessary than ever, it’s very difficult for Harry.”

“His whole purpose in life was to serve people — he did it in his particular way with great humor and innovation but the fact that he doesn’t have that purpose at the center of his life I think would be incredibly challenging,” the commentator shared on the podcast.

Mollard added, “He’s also in an area, like the rest of us, nobody can really see their friends, but he’s not even in the same country as his friends. He’s on a different time zone. He’s there with his wife, he doesn’t have established connections, she’s trying to get back to work… so I think Dr. Jane Goodall’s insight is absolutely fascinating.”