Prince Harry’s New Life in Los Angeles Will Be More Positive and ‘Optimistic,’ Royal Expert Shares

Prince Harry may still be adjusting to his post-exit life, but one expert with personal experience on the matter believes that Harry may find living in the United States a refreshing change of pace. Prince Harry left his royal family to live out of the spotlight with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and their new chapter is finally going to give them relief from the damaging public and media scrutiny.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the first day of Royal Ascot on June 19, 2018
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex | | Anwar Hussein/WireImage

Prince Harry and Meghan surprised the world with their announcement

In January, Prince Harry and Meghan stunned everyone when they announced their plan to step back from their roles in order to live a more quiet life away from the media’s negativity. The queen gathered Prince Harry, Prince William, and Prince Charles to iron out the details of the Sussexes’ royal exit and released a statement in support of their plan for a new life.

“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family. I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life,” the queen shared in her statement.

Prince Harry’s post-exit life may be enlightening

Prince Harry and Meghan made their way to Canada before moving to Los Angeles with their son Archie. It’s quite a departure from life in the royal family but aristocrat Lady Julie Montagu has some perspective to offer on how the move can be a positive experience for Prince Harry.

Illinois native Julie Montagu, who is married to Lord Luke Montagu, the future Earl of Sandwich, can attest to the differences between the U.S. and the UK. In an interview with Town & Country, Montagu shared how the Sussexes’ move will provide a more relaxed and open environment for Prince Harry. “I always say whenever you meet an American, you know their life story within 24 hours,” she explained.

That openness, she believes, will benefit Prince Harry. “He’ll be able to talk about his feelings, probably more than he was able to talk about over here,” she noted.

Montagu also shared how there’s a “cheery” energy among Americans that she believes Harry will take to. “That cheery, optimistic outlook on life is everywhere in America and it’s so contagious,” she explained.

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In Tembisa, Johannesburg, today The Duke and Duchess visited to meet young entrepreneurs at the YES hub – a hive for creativity and social enterprise. Their visit was an amazing tour of the ingenuity and opportunity – seeing businesses that varied from food to essential sanitary products for local women. During their visit, they were able to sample food from ‘Chef Mish’ – a local masterchef winner – which he makes at the site as part of his catering business and cafe. They then joined YES community members to take part in training and tests that will help them gain skills and find work. On the third stop today, entrepreneur Moss showed The Duke and Duchess the organic produce he's growing in the township with aquaponics – supplying local restaurants. And finally, The Duke and Duchess met the women behind the amazing Blossom Care Solutions – who are making 80,000 sanitary pads every month for women in their community. They are 100% compostable, and provide an essential low-cost product for women and girls. The Duchess has long campaigned on this issue and wrote in Time magazine in 2017, saying: “In communities all over the globe, young girls’ potential is being squandered because we are too shy to talk about the most natural thing in the world. To that I say: we need to push the conversation, mobilize policy making surrounding menstrual health initiatives, support organizations who foster girls’ education from the ground up, and within our own homes, we need to rise above our puritanical bashfulness when it comes to talking about menstruation.” • See our previous post to see The Dukes speech #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica Photo ©️ PA images

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A friend says Prince Harry is finding life in LA ‘challenging’

Though Montagu believes that the change of pace will be a positive move for Prince Harry, his friend, primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall recently shared how Harry is finding the transition challenging.

“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 right now,” Goodall explained in an interview with Radio Times.

Royal commentator Angela Mollard discussed her concerns about Prince Harry, given Goodall’s comment. “I really worry about Harry,” Mollard explained during the Royals podcast. “He is someone who is very connected to his family — it’s all he has ever known.”

She continued, sharing how the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is making the transition harder. “Of all the times to move apart from the royal family, I can imagine that right now he feels tremendously isolated,” Mollard said. “Everybody, of course, is isolated but he is not just isolated from his family, he is isolated on the other side of the world.”

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