Prince Harry Says He Initially Wanted to Quit the British Royal Family in His 20s
Prince Harry resigned from his role as a senior working royal over a year ago. Since then, the prince has been settling into his new life in Santa Barbara, California. Not only have he and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex purchased a house, they’ve also signed deals with Netflix and Spotify, and the prince has taken on a new job.
Meghan and Harry left the royal fold because they felt stifled by the traditions of royal life. Now, in this new chapter of their lives, the pair are talking candidly about their experiences and using their voices to speak up for change.
Though people were stunned when the pair announced their resignation in January 2020, Prince Harry reveals that he initially wanted to leave the royal family when he was in his 20s.
Prince Harry revealed why he quit the British royal family
During a wide-reaching interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021, Prince Harry explained why he and Meghan decided leaving the royal family was the best choice for them. He described the constant racism and sexism that Meghan endured from the British tabloids. He also explained that he was left out in the cold when he begged his family for help and support.
“I think it’s frustrating for them to see that it’s a racial conversation about the royal family when all they wanted all along was for the royals to intervene and tell the press to stop with the unfair, inaccurate, false stories that definitely have a racial slant,” Gayle King explained on CBS This Morning.
Prince Harry was particularly hurt by his brother Prince William and father, Prince Charles, for their lack of support. “There’s a lot to work through there,” Prince Harry explained to Oprah about his relationship with his father. “I feel really let down because he’s been through something similar.”
Prince Harry has no regrets about his tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey
The stunning interview that Meghan and Prince Harry gave Oprah sent shockwaves across the globe. Queen Elizabeth II issued a statement saying that the Sussexes’ grievances with the royal family would be handled privately. Meanwhile, Prince Charles and Prince William scrambled to save face by making sure they were seen around Black people to combat claims of racism.
Despite the frenzy, Prince Harry has no regrets about the sit-down with Oprah.
“He knew what he was doing,” royal biographer and expert Ingrid Seward told Page Six. “I can swear to you that, and he wanted to rock that boat. Quite why, I don’t understand, but he did want to. And then he did, and I don’t think he’s surprised by the repercussions or that he regrets it for a moment.”
Prince Harry says he wanted to quit the royal family when he was in his 20s
Now, Prince Harry has explained that his exit from royal life was a long time coming. He initially wanted to leave in his early 20s, during the height of his “bad boy” phase.
“It’s the job, right? Grin and bear it. Get on with it,” Prince Harry explained on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast via Daily Mail. “I was in my early twenties, and I was thinking I don’t want this job, I don’t want to be here. I don’t want to be doing this. Look what it did to my mum, how am I ever going to settle down and have a wife and family when I know it’s going to happen again. I’ve seen behind the curtain, I’ve seen the business model and seen how this whole thing works and I don’t want to be part of this.”
Prince Harry explained that therapy and helping others helped him push forward when he found royal life very taxing.