Prince Harry ‘living in a bubble’ claims Victoria Arbiter
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Prince Harry is “living in a bubble” with the complaints about his treatment in comparison with brother William aired in his new memoir – and as his popularity plummeting in recent polls, the Duke will “find out the hard way”, royal commentator Victoria Arbiter has warned. Meanwhile US-based royal watcher Hilary Fordwich has said the 38-year-old’s indignation about his lifestyle will not be well go down well among people in the UK who are “having to choose between heating and eating”.
Both aired their views during interviews on Turkey-based English language broadcaster TRT World, when they were asked about the multiple revelations in Harry’s book, Spare, which was published on January 10.
Their comments came on the day an Ipsos Mori suggested his popularity has fallen by a massive 47 percent among Britons since the book went on sale.
Ms Arbiter, the daughter of Dickie Arbiter, the Queen’s former press secretary, said: “Those results are quite extraordinary because previously, his popularity really was only second to the Queen.
“And I think it does sort of speak to this bubble that Prince Harry has been living in. It’s quite extraordinary to see him complaining about having the smaller part of the bedroom when he was at Balmoral Castle.
“He also talks in one part of the book about how he was doing his own cleaning his own chores, his own shopping.
“I mean, perhaps some people think that a royal prince shouldn’t be doing those things himself, but should we feel sorry for him for those reasons? No.”
Ms Arbiter also contrasted some of the Prince’s complaints about his privacy being invaded with his decison to include in his book the content of a text message exchange between wife Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton, William’s wife, now the Princess of Wales, in 2018, which she said was “hypocrisy to some degree”.
She explained: “I think most reasonably minded people would agree that Harry has every right to tell his own story, particularly given so many other people have felt capable of doing so for all these years.
“But where I do struggle a little bit is in his willingness to reveal deeply private personal information about other members of the family without their permission, particularly because he has railed against that for so many years himself. So yes, it does speak to a double standard.”
None of it made the reconciliation with his family which Harry claims to yearn for any easier, Ms Arbiter suggested.
She continued: “I don’t think any of this helps reconciliation. It’s a lovely idea and I’m certainly in the camp that we’d like to see this family heal over time, but it’s not going to happen anytime soon.
“It’s really optimistic or rather foolish to think that this is all going to be resolved by the first weekend in May when the king’s coronation is set to take place.
“If this is really how Harry thinks you go about reconciliation, then the problems run an awful lot deeper.”
Asked about Harry’s motivation for writing his memoir, Ms Fordwich, a Washington-based British business development consultant who takes a keen interest in royal affairs, said: “It’s money but he was very clear in this book also, which is titled Spare, that he so resents that accident of birth.
“Because he keeps talking about not just the size of his bedroom, but remember, he talked about visiting Kate and William and he was very aware that they just had to put a couch from sofa.com on Meghan’s credit card.
“And he keeps talking about being so poor that ‘we had to make a budget’, and there are multiple examples where he complains about this role of being second, this role of being second born.
“And what he doesn’t seem to have an awareness is at a time in the UK, where people are making a choice between heating or eating, this is not sitting well there.
“And by the way, it doesn’t sit very well this side it Atlantic either.”
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Speaking to ITV’s Tom Bradby in an interview aired on January 8, Harry said: ‘I don’t know whether they’ll be watching this or not, but, what they have to say to me and what I have to say to them will be in private, and I hope it can stay that way.’
He also said: “The idea of the four of us being together was always a hope for me.
“Before it was Meghan, whoever it was going to be, I always hoped that the four of us would get on.
But very quickly it became Meghan versus Kate.
“And that, when it plays out so publicly, you can’t hide from that, right? Especially when within my family you have the newspapers laid out pretty much in every single palace and house that is around.”
Express.co.uk has contacted the Sussexes via Archewell to offer them a chance to respond to the remarks by Ms Arbiter and Ms Fordwich.
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