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Prince Harry has not visited the UK since March. He and Meghan Markle distanced themselves from the Royal Family in January. Here, they announced their stepping down from royal duties via an Instagram post.
The method in which they declared their departure was telling of their struggles to fit in the family.
Many claimed that the pair were too modern for what is seen in some circles as an antiquated outfit.
The post read: “After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.
“We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.
“It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.
“We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.
“This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.
“We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.”
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More recently, reports have emerged that Harry is struggling to adjust to life in LA and the distance between himself and his family.
Things have been made harder since the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown.
At the peak of the pandemic, it transpired Harry was finding life in Malibu “a bit challenging”.
According to The Daily Telegraph’s Celia Walden, the royal “cannot believe how his life has been turned upside down”.
She added that he “misses the camaraderie of life in the British forces,” and that he would have been “better protected from recent turmoil in the Army”.
Harry has faced a string of challenges in his 35 years.
One such challenge has been dealing with the British press.
Several times he has called out certain newspapers for their reporting on him.
For example, in 2013, the prince made nod to the phone hacking scandal when talking about a report about his time in Afghanistan, and said: “I don’t know who quoted that, but because we haven’t got mobile phones out here they obviously can’t bug our phones so they don’t know what we’re saying.”
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Earlier this year, Harry upped his campaign against the media when he and Meghan announced their intention to withdraw cooperation with the traditional travelling band of journalists who cover the monarchy for British newspapers.
One royal reporter told The Guardian how troubled Harry had become with the press.
They said: “Any engagement that I’m at with him he just scowls at us.
“I can’t stress that clearly enough, he can’t hide his disdain. It’s just so uncomfortable, he has fury and venom in his eyes.
“He’s very tortured.”
Much of Harry’s anger reportedly derives from the death of his mother, Princess Diana, in 1997, and the media’s hounding of her.
In the years after her death Harry became known as the “party prince”.
In 2017, he revealed the reason behind his wild lifestyle was that he had bottled up his true feelings about his mother’s death.
The admission came during a podcast interview with journalist Bryony Gordon in 2017, in which the prince spoke of the years of attacks of both panic and rage.
He said his life was in “total chaos” for two years.
He explained: “I just couldn’t put my finger on it.
“I just didn’t know what was wrong with me.”
The prince said he had been “very close to total breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and lies and misconceptions are coming to you from every angle”.
He continued: “I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well.
“I thought that thinking of her was only going to make me sad and not going to bring her back. So from an emotional side, I was, like, ‘Right, don’t ever let your emotions be part of anything.’”
This resulted in him running around during his 20s thinking “life is great, life is fine”.
He said this was the period he was branded “Crazy Harry”.
“And then I started to have a few conversations,” he said in the podcast.
“And actually all of a sudden, all of this grief that I have never processed started to come to the forefront and I was, like, ‘there is actually a lot of stuff here that I need to deal with.'”
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