The Surprising Way Prince Harry Has Changed Since Marrying Meghan Markle

Marriage can certainly change some people — oftentimes those with a wilder streak in their youth will settl down when they tie the knot. Some believe that Prince Harry has changed significantly since he married Meghan Markle, with his wife recently accused of turning Harry into a hippie.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Commonwealth Day services.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Samir Hussein/WireImage

How has Prince Harry changed since he got married?

Prince Harry was once regarded as a royal wild child but has definitely matured over the years and now is a very polished prince.

According to The Sun’s former royal editor, Duncan Larcombe, he believes Markle has had a “substantial influence” on Prince Harry since they got married. Larcombe asserts that Prince Harry is now more of a “hippie” and is “under the thumb” of his wife.

According to Larcombe, he believes that Prince Harry’s speech at WE Day perfectly illustrates the prince’s “new age nonsense.” Larcombe told Fabulous Digital: “The extraordinary speech he gave made me think of the first time he went to Afghanistan in 2008, and he was wearing a hat and on the back of the hat was the slogan ‘we do bad things to bad people.’”

He continued: “The warrior prince’s transition to what we heard this week which was just stomach-churning mumbo jumbo really — described as hippie talk, and new age — it’s just so far away from how I knew him.”

Has Meghan Markle influenced Prince Harry’s outlook?

Larcombe further believes that Markle is responsible for Prince Harry’s changing viewpoints, noting: “The signs are that she is having a fundamental influence on him… the speech he gave wouldn’t have looked out of place in some kind of fundraising dinner in Hollywood.”

He added: “Who else could have possibly influenced Harry to say that. None of his old Etonian mates would speak in those terms, they wouldn’t even recognize him in that speech, it’s very different from his military background. It’s new age and right on, I believe the children are the future nonsense really.”

Markle accused of keeping a tight leash

Though Markle and Prince Harry are happily married, Larcombe believes the prince is “under the thumb” of his wife, sharing: “There’s an interesting dynamic with Harry because while he was branded the world’s most eligible bachelor with the gift of the gab, actually whenever he’s had a girlfriend he’s been very very much under the thumb. I don’t think any of his girlfriends have been as strong-willed as Meghan is.”

Larcombe shared how Prince Harry will continue to be under media scrutiny, explaining: “There’s going to be an increasing focus on his words and his actions — and he will get called out on it. It doesn’t matter how cross he gets with the media and how much he accuses segments of social media of being unpleasant and distorting the truth, the reality is it’s not gonna look good.”

Has Prince Harry changed for the better?

Despite his criticisms of Markle, Larcombe admits that the marriage is a good fit, sharing that Prince Harry is “happier than he’s ever been.” He added: “I think Harry for a long time has been a bit of a lost soul, he’s wanted a wife, he’s wanted a soul mate and he’s wanted children so Harry is now in many ways happier than he’s ever been.”