Prince Harry Revealed That He Was ‘In a Rush to Making Something Of My Life’ Before Marrying Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle started dating in 2016, and they were on the fast track to marriage from the moment they met. Since then, the two have taken their royal duties in a whole new direction — meaning, they’ve ended them completely. But Harry was determined to be “something other than Prince Harry” per an interview in 2017, prior to marrying Meghan. And he also revealed that he was determined to “make something of my life” before it was too late.

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Prince Harry was once the right-hand man to Prince William and Kate Middleton

When William and Harry were growing up, they had a close bond because of everything they’d been through together. But their relationship as brothers reportedly wasn’t as close as some people might have thought. The two had wildly different personalities and interests, and they supposedly didn’t spend that much time together. But when William married Kate Middleton, the three became quite the trio.

Prince Harry was essentially the couple’s right-hand-man. William and Kate became the two most important people, since William is heir to the throne. And Harry was always with them, but he didn’t quite have an identity of his own — and he wanted one.

Harry said in 2017 that he was determined ‘to make something of my life’

Before marrying Meghan Markle, Harry interviewed with Newsweek in 2017 where he discussed some of his plans and ideas for the future in regards to the royal family. He didn’t say he planned to leave, but he did say that he was “in a rush to make something of my life” before time ran out. “I feel there is just a smallish window when people are interested in me before [William’s children] take over, and I’ve got to make the most of it,” Harry said.

Prince Harry wanted to leave his mark.

Harry’s words might have foreshadowed his plans to leave the family with Meghan. The two had been dating for a little while at the time, and he might have already been looking to break major barriers with her in order to become someone memorable prior to William’s kids gaining all of the attention.

Harry also hinted at leaving the family long before he and Meghan tied the knot

Though many people blame the couple’s departure on Meghan marrying into the family, Harry might have had those plans all along. The prince also revealed in his Newsweek interview that he had always wanted to be “something other than Prince Harry.” It might have been his way of hinting that, if given the opportunity, he’d step down from the role and do his own thing in life. And that’s certainly what happened.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left the royal family in March 2020 | Samir Hussein/WireImage

Harry never liked the spotlight growing up, and Meghan might have been the perfect person to help him escape it. The two moved to North America back in January, and they recently settled into Los Angeles, California, where Meghan was raised. They have since been living life much more privately — just what Harry might have wanted all along.