Prince Harry Has Changed Since Marrying Meghan Markle But Is the ‘Happiest He’s Ever Been’

Prince Harry has definitely shown growth and maturity over the years as he moved from party boy to young man — and is now married with his first child. Many royal followers believe that Harry has changed a lot, with one royal expert who has written about the Duke of Sussex since he was a teen noting that he’s “worlds away” from the way he used to be. Did his marriage to Meghan Markle change him?

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Prince Harry is on a ‘different planet’

Royal expert Duncan Larcombe, who has written about Prince Harry over the years, shared how much the Duke of Sussex has changed since he was a teenager.

Larcombe told Fabulous Digital: “He’s on a different planet from the Harry we’ve seen develop from a teen to an adult to an army officer to the most popular member of the royal family. It’s worlds away from how Harry has been for his life.”

He continued: “Harry is saying all the right things but saying them in a way that is so un-Harry, that perhaps people who have identified with him for years are thinking ‘what’s going on?’ ‘What’s gotten into Harry?’”

Prince Harry is the ‘happiest he’s ever been’

The change in Harry is a for the best, however, as his love for wife Meghan Markle is apparent, with Larcombe calling their romance a “true love story.” He added: “I think he’s the happiest now he’s ever been. He’s still caught in a whirlwind romance and when people do get married they do change.”

Larcombe pointed out that the “stark contrast” in the way Prince Harry used to behave certainly makes headlines, sharing, “Maybe he’s such a treasured figure in the public eye, maybe the public don’t want to see a change in him. But barely a day goes by that I don’t read something they’ve said or seen something they’ve done.”

He pointed to some of the changes, most notably the couple attempting to have some privacy, as Larcombe pointed out, “You can make a whole list of the points, from not revealing who the godparents are, not allowing a fixed point for the media at the christening…”

His concern is that “certain people are being given enough ammunition to fire against the two of them” believing, “If this carries on, the negative stories will continue. In a year’s time, it would be such a shame for them both.”

Prince Harry’s army friends have a laugh over their changed pal

While Larcombe is familiar with Prince Harry’s evolution over time, it’s interesting to note what some of Harry’s old army friends had to say about the way he’s changed. In response to rumors that Harry had a pedicure, for instance, one military source said: “Pedicures and massages? He’s changed!”

Another friend of the duke remarked: “Harry used to be a proper bloke — dodgy dress sense, liked a drink and didn’t care how he looked. In his Army days he would have laughed if someone had offered him a pedicure. Now he’s pontificating about saving the world and doesn’t smoke or drink.”