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Prince Harry heartbreak: Duke a ‘casualty of royal war’ – experts say he ‘looked burdened'


Prince Harry became a victim of the rift with the Royal Family despite being one of its main players, authors of Royals At War allege. In their book, Dylan Howard and Andy Tillett spoke to insiders who analysed the behaviour of the Duke of Sussex over the past months.

The last months of 2019, the authors’ sources noted, appeared to have been one of the most difficult periods for the Duke, with the book saying pressures “had apparently finally broken Harry” by December.

Among the key moments that led them to make this claim, insiders pointed out how the documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, laid bare many of the Duke’s feelings.

Following claims of a feud between the Sussexes and the Cambridges, which surfaced in early 2019, Meghan and Prince Harry opened up on their struggles in two tell-all interviews with ITV broadcaster Tom Bradby.

Prince Harry spoke about the lasting impact his mother’s untimely death continues to have on his life, branding it a “wound that festers”. 

The Duke said: “I think being part of this family in this role, in this job, every single time I hear a camera, every single time I hear a click, every single time I see a flash it takes me straight back, so in that respect it’s the worst reminder of her life as opposed to her best.

“Being here now 22 years later trying to finish what she started would be incredibly emotional, but everything that I do reminds me of her.

“But as I said, with the role, with the job, the pressure that comes with that, I get reminded of the bad stuff, unfortunately.”

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In his discussion with Mr Bradby, Harry also openly spoke about the feud with his brother Prince William, saying the brothers still love each other but are on “different paths”.

He said: “But, look, we’re brothers. We’ll always be brothers.

“We’re certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him and, as I know, he will always be there for me.”


Mr Bradby, who followed Meghan and Harry during their successful 10-day tour to Africa between September and October last year, himself noted how the couple “seemed a bit bruised and vulnerable”.

Similarly, royal author Penny Junor noted how different Prince Harry, usually a fun and positive character, had looked in the documentary.

She said: “Something’s wrong.

“He looked burdened and playing the victim, which does not sit comfortably with him.” 

A few weeks after the end of their tour to Africa, Meghan and Harry took a six-week break and flew to Canada to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day as a family.

Upon their brief return to the UK, Prince Harry and Meghan took the world by surprise and announced in January their decision to step down as senior royals.

In a bombshell statement shared on Instagram, the couple said they wanted to carve out a new progressive role within the Royal Family, which would have allowed them to be financially independent and pursue personal ventures while continuing to represent the Crown around the world. 

However, following negotiations with the Queen and senior aides, the Sussexes agreed to relinquish their rights to carry out royal duties, use their full titles and continue to retain their brand name, Sussex Royal.

Royals At War is published by Skyhorse Publishing and will be available online and nationwide on July 15.    


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