According to a royal biographer, Prince Harry has rarely appeared happy since leaving the royal family.
The royal family lost Prince Harry in January 2020, when the Duke of Sussex decided to resign from his senior royal position to spend more time with his wife, Meghan Markle, and become financially independent outside the UK.
Since then, royal experts, commentators, and biographers had distinguished his previous life from what he now has, claiming that the royal prince appeared unhappy when he chose a life with Meghan.
Hugo Vickers, the Duke of Kent’s royal biographer, stated at the Henley Literary Festival, as reported by The Telegraph, that royals are not the happiest when they leave the royal family to pursue their desired path.
He used Prince Harry as an example, saying that he looks “miserable” after relinquishing his royal duties, just like his great-granduncle, Edward VIII. After 325 days on the throne, the exiled king abdicated to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.
According to Vickers, the former king’s decision caused him to be sad.
“As for members of the Royal family stepping away, I don’t think it usually leads to happiness in the long run. I don’t think it did with the Duke of Windsor. As for the Duke of Sussex, who knows what is going to happen to him, but he looks utterly miserable.”
According to the royal author, the most successful royal members are those who support the monarch, such as the Duke of Kent.
Vickers also stated in the interview that a slimmed-down monarchy is impossible because the public wants to see members of the royal family volunteering for charities.
He believes that the members play distinct and valuable roles in royal engagements and that slimming down the monarchy will rebalance everything the previous monarchs did for The Firm and the people.
Vickers’ remark about Prince Harry’s miserable life echoed what Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight about the duke’s problems following his move to the United States with Meghan.
The royal expert insisted that Prince Harry was suffering because he felt rudderless. Meanwhile, a Vanity Fair source added that he has already missed having a structured life.