Prince Harry’s Life Is ‘Challenging,’ Says Friend, But Here’s Why It’s Really Not

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have officially stepped down as senior members of the royal family. In January, the pair made this announcement and began the process of building a life as private citizens.

While this seems to be a decision that they both made for themselves for their family, a friend of Prince Harry’s recently said that life has been quite challenging for him. It’s easy to see why given how different things are now compared to the life he knew growing up. However, at the end of the day, the positive aspects of this new life actually outweigh the negative ones.

Prince Harry moved to North America earlier this year

Prince Harry during his visit to the Community Recording Studio in St Ann’s to mark World Mental Health Day
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When Prince Harry and Meghan revealed that they wanted to take a step back from the royal family, the couple also shared that they would like to spend more time in North America, where Meghan is from.

“We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages,” their statement read. “This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.”

True to their words, the Sussexes quickly began to set up a life in North America. From December to late March, Prince Harry, Meghan, and their young son resided in Canada, going back to the United Kingdom a few times for work and family reasons. Recently, they decided to move to Los Angeles amidst the coronavirus pandemic and are now reportedly living in a secluded house in Hollywood.

Jane Goodall says that Prince Harry’s life is now ‘challenging’

Anthropologist Jane Goodall is a friend of Prince Harry’s, and she revealed to the Radio Times that things are a bit tough for the Duke of Sussex at the moment.

When asked about whether Goodall has been in contact with Prince Harry, she shared: “I don’t know how his career is going to map out, but yes, I’ve been in touch, though I think he’s finding life a bit challenging just now.”

Earlier this month, a source allegedly told Us Weekly that Prince Harry is “overwhelmed with feelings with guilt” for being far away from Prince Charles and the rest of his family while Prince Charles is dealing with his COVID-19 diagnosis.

Additionally, other challenges that Prince Harry could be facing include trying to figure out life in a new country, learning how to be financially independent, and setting up a new career.

Why Prince Harry’s life is actually not that ‘challenging’

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Today, we are excited to be able to announce details for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s upcoming tour to Africa! • In just two weeks, Their Royal Highnesses will embark on this official tour focusing on community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS and the environment. This programme has been many months in the making, and The Duke and Duchess are eager to focus their energies on the great work being done in Southern Africa. From meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu to joining ‘Waves for Change’ on Monwabisi Beach, the South Africa programme will be educational and inspiring. The Duke is especially proud to continue the legacy left by his mother with her work in Angola as he joins Halo Trust again in an effort to rid the world of landmines. HRH will also travel to Malawi where he will check in on the British Army’s partnership with African Parks and will be working on the ground supporting local communities. The Duke is particularly proud to be able to deliver an exciting new initiative, a Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy three-country partnership which he designed and consulted with Governments in Namibia, Botswana and Angola to protect forest and wildlife corridors around the Okavango Delta. The Duchess will be working with local organisations to promote women and girls’ health and education, entrepreneurship and leadership. With such a textured culture and history, Their Royal Highnesses are grateful for the opportunity to connect with those on the ground in Southern Africa and to be inspired by the work being done and learn how they can be better supported. As President and Vice President of The Queens Commonwealth Trust and The Duke’s role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, The Duke and Duchess cannot wait to meet with young leaders mobilising change and adding to the beauty of these Commonwealth countries • “We look forward to seeing you soon!” • Photo ©️ PA images / Tim Graham – Getty Images / @Sentebale /@AfricanParksNetwork / @YouthAlert

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Adjusting to a new situation can be tough for anybody, though, in the grand scheme of things, a more private life in North America actually will offer him and his family a lot of benefits.

For one thing, they are now able to escape the British tabloids that have been making the Sussex’s life extremely difficult. Meghan has constantly been attacked by the British press since day one, and the situation got to the point where the Sussexes decided that they needed to sue a few news outlets for publishing false information and invading their privacy.

Of course, Prince Harry and Meghan will continue to receive a lot of press coverage even as they live in the United States, but their lack of royal status will allow them to escape the scrutiny that comes with being in the royal family.

Being financially independent also has many perks. The Sussexes will be allowed to have careers, compared to other royals who typically just do charity work and represent their country abroad. This means that Prince Harry and Meghan have more freedom to decide what kind of jobs they want to take on.

Additionally, with the right business moves, they have the potential to earn a lot more money than they could ever make as royals. In fact, some estimates suggest they duke and duchess can curate an empire worth a billion dollars.

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