Prince Harry is “cursed with charisma but hates being a prince,” says author Diana
Diana, the Princess of Wales’ biographer, spoke to The Mirror’s podcast, Pod Save the Queen, about Prince Harry, explaining that he is cursed with charisma but hates being a prince
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Prince Harry’s life since he and Meghan stepped down from their roles as senior working royals has been far from uneventful.
The couple recently returned to the UK to take part in some celebrations of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and have been spotted attending the Trooping the Color parade and Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral.
While Harry had previously returned from California for the funeral of his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, and the unveiling of a statue of his mother in the sunken garden of Kensington Palace, the reception the couple received from the crowd was mixed.
The Mirror royal podcast, Pod Save the Queen, spoke to biographer Andrew Morton about his 25th book, The Queen, and he shared his thoughts on The Duke of Sussex.
Explaining how he believes Prince Harry is “cursed with charisma but hates being a prince,” Morton went on to discuss the similarities between Harry and his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales.
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Speaking about Prince Harry’s plans for his departure, Andrew Morton told Pod Save the Queen: “They were thinking about living in New Zealand and they even spoke to the Prime Minister of New Zealand about it – so they had all sorts of plans and thoughts for their future.
“It didn’t work out because when it comes down to it Prince Harry is cursed with charisma but hates being a prince and I think he saw Meghan as a way out.
“They didn’t have to leave the royal family the way they did, but they did.”
The author continued: ‘In the late 1940s, after marrying, the Queen and Prince Philip lived in Malta for a while as he continued his career in the Royal Navy and many thought he would join him as First Lord of the Admiralty was such a star.
“You didn’t think for a minute that George VI. would die so soon and figured they would spend about 20 years on the fringes of the royal family.
“So the Queen has always been very understanding for anyone who wants to retire for a few years and just enjoy family life because you’ve been a king for a long time.”
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Elsewhere in the interview, Andrew Morton explained how similar Prince Harry’s style to royal engagements was to that of his late mother.
He said: “Prince Harry was and is a natural, he and his wife have charisma and there is no denying that.
“People react very positively to her when they meet him. There’s obviously a lot of negativity surrounding their behavior and policies, but Harry has always been someone to connect.
“And when I see Harry kneeling with his arm around some child, I just watch Diana. It takes you back 25, 30 years.”
While Prince Harry and Meghan’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey saw the couple deal the biggest blows to the royal family, Harry has previously openly expressed his thoughts on The Firm and his position on a number of occasions.
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Back in 2017, the prince spoke to journalist and biographer Angela Levin and revealed that he had considered stepping down from his role before, but had not remained faithful to the queen.
He said at the time: “There was a time when I felt like I wanted to get out, but then I decided to stay in and work out a role.
“We have an incredible passion for our charities and they were chosen because they are on the path my mother showed me. I love charity things and meeting people.”
He continued, “I’m committed to living a relatively normal life and if I’m lucky enough to have children, they can have one too. We don’t just want to be a bunch of celebrities, we want to use our role for good.”
“We want to ensure the monarchy endures and are passionate about what it stands for. We think the British public and the whole world needs institutions like these – but things cannot go on as they were under the Queen.
“There will be changes and pressure to get them right. Things move so fast, especially because of social media, so we’re involved in modernizing the monarchy.
“We are not doing this for ourselves, but for the good of the people and the monarchy we represent. There is so much negativity in the world – we as a family are trying to bring something positive.”
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