Despite being born into outrageous money, fame, and titles, Prince Harry had to overcome many obstacles to reach maturity.
Harry, the second child of Prince Charles (now King) and Princess Diana of Wales, spent his whole childhood in the spotlight. He represented the royal family abroad and at home while serving in the military. Eventually, he fell in love with American actress Meghan Markle.
Harry was adored by British monarchy for the most of his life. Of late, however, his popularity has taken somewhat of a tumble, boosted in no small part by the tell-all interview he and Meghan had with Oprah Winfrey last year.
Few princes in British history have received as much unanimity of admiration as Princes William and Harry.
The brothers, who were primarily raised by their adored mother, Princess Diana, won the hearts of royal fans at an early age. Both developed into decent young men and made the promise to become admirable adults.
But while Prince William has done a fantastic job of playing his part without even erring by a half-foot, Prince Harry has, at least recently, been upsetting the apple cart.
However, it wasn’t until Harry and Meghan moved to the US and started spreading rumours that the oil really hit the fire. Harry and Meghan’s decision to step down from their responsibilities as official members of the royal family raised more than just a few eyebrows.
When Harry and Meghan got together for a candid interview with Oprah Winfrey, everything reached an iconic boiling point.
Harry asserted that his brother is trapped during one of his family-related assertions during the interview.
Harry replied to Oprah, “The answer to your question is no, [I wouldn’t have quit the Royal family].”
I couldn’t have done it because I was stuck and couldn’t see a way out. I didn’t realise I was trapped, but I was. However, it wasn’t until I met Meg and our worlds truly clashed that I realised just how systemically stuck my family and the rest of the world are.
They are trapped, my father and my brother. They are unable to escape, and I feel terrible sympathy for them.
Additionally, Harry and Meghan said that an unknown member of the royal family may have been racist toward their then-unborn son, Archie.
The accusations were so serious that the Queen was compelled to issue a statement refuting them.
There appeared to be a tentative ceasefire, but no one in the royal family is likely to ever fully pardon Harry for the remarks he and his wife made (irrespective of the truth to the claims).
Even said, there remains a remote possibility that Harry will rejoin the British people after the passing of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
The British monarchy will undoubtedly undergo a profound change as a result of the Queen’s death last Thursday, ushering in a new period led by her son, King Charles.
In light of this, despite the comments Harry has made about the royal family since taking his leave, some royal experts think he still has a chance to change his ways and rejoin the fold.
In any case, Harry is once again the focus of the media, which famously pursued his mother, Princess Diana, right up until her passing.
In some aspects, Harry’s character has been greatly influenced by his parents’ divorce and mother’s eventual passing. Speaking to Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast last year, he described growing up a prince as being “a mix between ‘The Truman Show’ and being in a zoo.”
He also spoke frankly about his mother’s issues with the paparazzi – both he and Meghan have cited the presence of the press as factors for their leaving the UK – and even reminisced on the final time he spoke with Diana before her death in Paris.
Harry told how weeks before his mother’s death, he and his brother William were vacationing in the Scottish highlands with their cousins. No matter how far away she was, Diana reportedly made it her duty to regularly check on her children. However, because Harry and William were still young, they frequently couldn’t wait for the call to end so they could get back to playing.
Harry was the second person to be called to speak to his mother on the day of her passing after William. He confessed that he was in a great hurry to cut short the phone call, never thinking for one minute that it would mark the last time he would ever hear his mother’s voice.
Harry made no effort to conceal how regrettable the length of his final talk with Diana made him feel, even though he couldn’t recall the specifics of it with clarity.
I probably won’t regret how brief that call was for the rest of my life, but I can’t really remember what I said, he said.
“I would have spoken to my mother the things I would have said if I had known that was the final time I would speak to her.”