Prince Harry was 'frustrated' with royal life long before he met Meghan, royal pros claim

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex tours The Silverstone Experience at Silverstone on March 6, 2020 in Northampton, England.
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Royal commentators claim Prince Harry was already feeling frustrated with his royal life long before he met Meghan Markle.

Prince Harry was already ‘frustrated’ with his royal life long before he met Meghan Markle, royal commentators claim.

Prince Harry recently returned to the UK to attend his mother, Princess Diana’s memorial (opens in new tab) on the 1st of July.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (left) and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrive for the unveiling of a statue they commissioned of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace

Many royal fans hoped it would be the start of mending relationships between him, Prince William  and the rest of the family, following recent tensions.

It was also reported that the Queen had invited him for lunch (opens in new tab) to talk things through. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as senior royals (opens in new tab) in 2020 and moved to their new LA home (opens in new tab) and are thought to have sparked a rift between them and The Firm, after speaking to Oprah Winfrey about their time in the royal spotlight. 

Speaking in an ITV documentary, called ‘Harry and William: What went wrong?’ royal commentator Camilla Tominey said that Harry wanted to do more and to make his life count.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 at Westminster Abbey on March 9, 2020 in London, England.

She said, "There was a lot of talk, even before Meghan was on the scene, of Harry saying, 'Why can't I do this?' and Harry wanting to make changes and asking, 'Why can't we do it a bit differently?'"

It's also been claimed that Harry felt frustration with feeling as though he was playing a "supporting role" to older brother William, who is second in the royal line of succession (opens in new tab).

These claims come after Prince Harry and Meghan gave the bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey during which he said he felt "trapped" within his life as a prince. 

He said, “I was trapped, but I didn’t know I was trapped. Trapped within the system, like the rest of my family are,

“My father and my brother, they are trapped. They don’t get to leave. And I have huge compassion for that.”

He went on to admit that he and William are "on different paths" and recalled how his father, Prince Charles, had stopped taking his phone calls when he left for a new life.

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard Diploma in Journalism from the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, fashion, and entertainment for and My Imperfect Life.