Did Prince Harry Hate Being Single Before He Met Meghan Markle?

Prince Harry has always been a bit wild and carefree. From his party days to his time in the Royal Army –the redheaded prince has always done things his own thing even when it has made the Royal Family glare at him in disapproval. Still, though he enjoyed his party days–the prince has always been a hopeless romantic. Before he met his wife, Meghan Markle, the prince had two serious girlfriends –Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas. Unfortunately, neither woman could deal with the scrutiny of being in the public eye. After Bonas broke things off with the Duke of Sussex in 2014, he was single for two years.

Did Prince Harry hate being single before meeting Meghan Markle?

Though he always appeared to be upbeat and joyful, Prince Harry was actually extremely lonely before he met Meghan Markle in 2016. Initially, when his older brother, Prince William married Duchess Kate Middleton in 2011, the trio was like the three musketeers. However, after the duchess gave birth to Prince George in 2013–Prince Harry was increasingly alone. According to royal expert Katie Nicholl who authored the book, Harry: Life, Loss, and Love, “Harry felt detached, lonely, and rudderless, and according to a friend he dreaded Sunday nights. He’d say ‘William’s got so boring,’ when in fact William was living the life I think Harry wanted for himself. I think he was worried he was going to be left on the shelf.”

Prince Harry envied Prince William and Kate Middleton’s relationship

With another relationship ruined because of his royal status –Prince Harry was becoming bitter especially because he could see how well his sister-in-law was handling everything. According to Nicholl,

Before Prince George’s birth, the trio had lived across the courtyard from each other and Harry was often at Nott Cott, as it was affectionately known. Harry had become very close to Kate, who helped to fill some of the emotional void in his life. Harry would often suffer really bad spells of loneliness. He was prone to bouts of feeling very low.

Can Meghan Markle handle the spotlight?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were set up on a blind date in the summer of 2016 by a mutual friend, and neither the prince nor the duchess had any expectations going in. However, Prince Harry later revealed that he knew Markle was the one, “the very first time we met.”

Though the Los Angeles native was used to a certain amount of notoriety, even she was not prepared for the onslaught of attention that came with being attached to the prince. She later told BBC, “There was a misconception that because I have worked in the entertainment industry that this would be something I would be familiar with. But I’ve never been part of tabloid culture. I’ve never been in pop culture to that degree and lived a relatively quiet life.”

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the focus on Markle and the Prince is slowing down anytime soon, but the parents-to-be are taking it all in stride.

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