Prince Harry slammed by TV host for suggesting royal men marry people who ‘fit the mold’

Britain's Prince Harry attends the Adam Tower project introduction and global partnership between, SkyScanner, CTrip, TripAdvisor and Visa in Amsterdam on September 3, 2019 an initiative led by the Duke of Sussex to change the travel industry to better protect tourist destinations and communities that depend on it. (Photo by Koen van Weel / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo credit should read KOEN VAN WEEL/AFP via Getty Images)

According to a TV host, Prince Harry may have been making fun of his older brother Prince William and sister-in-law Kate Middleton while discussing how men in the royal family look for partners in his and Meghan Markle’s new Netflix docuseries.

The Duke of Sussex claimed in the first volume of “Harry & Meghan,” which premiered Thursday, that many members of the royal family, particularly the men, feel:

“an urge to marry someone who fits the mold, as opposed to someone who perhaps you may be destined to be with.”

He then claimed that his own love journey was unconventional, claiming that he married Markle, an American actress and divorcee, based on his “heart.”

Mark Dolan, an English comedian, writer, and host, appeared to take issue with Prince Harry’s remarks, suggesting on his GB News show “Mark Dolan Tonight” that the Duke of Sussex was making a dig at the Prince and Princess of Wales.

Dolan said:

“In this latest documentary series, [Harry] made a sly dig at his brother William by implying that his wife Kate fits some kind of mold, that she ticks boxes or something. God knows what he was actually saying, but he may have a point.”

He went on to praise Middleton, adding:

“If Kate is in a mold, she’s in a mold of a nice wife who gets on with her husband’s family. Is that too much to ask? We’ve all got to make it work with the in-laws, don’t we? It’s not always easy. It’s my view that Kate is in the mold of a dignified woman, who is humbly fulfilling her role as wife, mother and Princess of Wales, representing her family and serving the nation.”

The TV host went on to say that Prince Harry “seems to choose partners who do not fit the mold.”

Dolan initially praised Markle as a “stunningly beautiful, intelligent, and charismatic woman,” noting that when she married into the British royal family, many thought she was the next Princess Diana. The host, on the other hand, claimed that the former actress was “a self-absorbed narcissist living in a parallel universe with her own version of the truth.”

He cited Markle’s claim to Oprah Winfrey in 2021 that she and Prince Harry secretly married three days before their lavish royal wedding. After multiple outlets disputed her claim, citing their marriage certificate, a spokesperson for the couple later admitted to The Daily Beast that Markle and Prince Harry were not married three days before their official ceremony.

Dolan went on to say that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “do not do family.”

The Sussexes are said to have had a strained relationship with the royal family since they stepped down as working royals in 2020. Since her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018, Markle has been estranged from her father and his side of the family.

The first three episodes of Markle’s new docuseries have also been panned by her estranged half-siblings.

Her half-brother Thomas Markle Jr. called the series’ content “horrible” and “disturbing,” and he disputed Prince Harry’s claim that his wife no longer has a father because she married into the royal family.

Thomas Jr. claimed:

“The documentary is so far off on so many different levels, it’s really a little bit disturbing.”

He continued:

“Saying that she doesn’t have a family and she doesn’t have a father, and Harry saying that she has no father now, that’s just ridiculous. She just basically brushed the entire family under the carpet like we don’t exist, and then lied about not having a family.”

The second installment of “Harry & Meghan” will be available on Netflix on Thursday.