Prince Harry Realized There Was Something ‘Rotten’ About Being Royal, Biographer Says
In less than a year since announcing that he and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex were resigning from their roles as senior working members of the British royal family, Prince Harry is in a very different headspace.
The Duke of Sussex had gotten candid about how taxing it was to watch his wife endure constant bullying and scrutiny. This also came amid some confirmed tension between Prince Harry and Prince William. In fact, it has been reported that Prince Harry was struggling to find his place in the royal family for several years.
Now, the duke is living a carefree life as an independent citizen in California with Meghan and their son, Archie. However, one royal biographer believes Megxit happened because the prince had a revelation about what being royal truly means.
Prince Harry was apparently unhappy in the royal family for years
It’s no secret that Prince Harry’s teen years and early 20s were riddled with instances of rebellion. The red-headed prince often made headlines for some of his choices. However, he has since credited therapy for helping him to resolve lingering issues stemming from his mother, Princess Diana’s tragic death.
However, as he’s matured, the prince continued to resent the media’s intrusion in his life, especially after meeting Meghan. It didn’t help that his path became increasingly different than his brother, Prince William. As the future Crowned King, the older prince was suddenly on a very different journey than his brother.
“The truth is Harry had been unhappy for a long, long time,” a source told The Sun. “He wanted to move in the direction that they did and had been considering it for more than a year. Meghan supported Harry’s decision. But there was more than one occasion where she asked him if he was certain it was what he wanted. And she always made it clear she would support him in whatever he did.”
Prince Harry felt like the royal family was using him and Meghan Markle
After marrying Meghan, the prince hoped to build out his own household focusing on unique causes that he and the former actor were passionate about. Unfortunately, the structure of the royal family doesn’t really work that way.
Instead, many of the Sussexes ideas were reportedly shelved or put on hold in favor of things the Cambridges wanted to take on.
In Finding Freedom, Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie wrote, “He felt at once used for their popularity, hounded by the press because of the public’s fascination with this new breed of royal couple, and disparaged back within the institution’s walls.”
Prince Harry thought there was something rotten about being royal, biographer claims
Now, with a Netflix deal underway and a platform that isn’t censored by certain royal rules and regulations, the prince has been more outspoken than ever before. He’s urged Americans to vote and spoken up for Black Lives Matter and against racism and colonization.
Though many royal fans and the royal family are reportedly shocked by Prince Harry’s behavior, a royal biographer says this makes sense. In his new book, Battle of Brothers, royal historian Robert Lacey claims the royals got it wrong with their treatment of the Sussexes when they handled Meghan like a “routine royal.”
Lacey claims that the rift between Prince Harry and Prince William as well as watching Meghan endure all that she did helped shift the Duke of Sussex’s perspective on royal life.
“[Prince Harry ]realized there was something rotten at the heart of royalness that is not for him and so he found a new destiny,” Lacey claims.