Meghan Markle and Prince Harry speak at Global Citizen Live
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The Duke of Sussex, 37, has just returned to his home in California, Montecito after his recent trip to New York City. The trip was his and wife Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex’s first big outing since they left the Royal Family in January last year. The couple’s packed schedule included visits to the 9/11 memorial, the UN and a school in Harlem. The Sussexes rounded out their tour with an appearance at the Global Citizen Live concert, held to help fight poverty and tackle climate change.
In a call to leaders in the developed world, the pair took to the stage to demand a more equitable rollout of COVID-19 vaccines with poorer countries.
After Harry and Meghan left the Royal Family, they spoke to Oprah Winfrey for a tell-all interview earlier this year.
Harry also recently announced he would publish a memoir about his life from childhood to the present day.
Royal historian Dr Edward Owens claimed to Express.co.uk that Harry had used a decades-old strategy of highlighting the struggles of being a royal during his chat with Oprah.
The expert is a former university lecturer and the author of, ‘The Family Firm. Monarchy, Mass Media and the British Public, 1932-53’.
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He said: “The one thing that stayed with me from the interview was that he said he felt sorry for his brother and father stuck in their positions, not being able to live more freely like he was doing.”
Speaking about Harry’s memoir, he added: “I imagine we’re going to hear quite a lot more like that.
“That’s an old PR line the royals have been running with since the 1940s, how difficult it is to be a modern royal, this is nothing new.”
During the interview, which was broadcast on CBS in March, Harry told Oprah he had felt “trapped” in the royal system.
He also told the US talk show host that he recognised that his father, Prince Charles and brother, Prince William were in similar positions, but could not leave due to them being first and second in line to the throne.
When Oprah asked him to explain, he said: “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.”
Dr Owens believes further details about Charles and William could feature in Harry’s memoir.
He added: “He will talk about the difficult relationship that he has with certain members of his family.
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“But ultimately he’ll talk about the burdens of monarchy and how difficult it is as young royals to live fulfilled lives.
“In some respects, he’s actually going to be doing his brother a favour, if he says something along the lines of ‘oh it’s going to be so hard for William to become King’.”
Dr Owens also claimed that now Harry is outside the Royal Family, he still supports its current members.
He said: “I think Harry still has a deep loyalty to the monarchy as an institution, I don’t think he wants to see the monarchy overhauled.
“I still think he very much supports the idea that his brother and his father will succeed to the throne.”
Harry’s memoir is due for “tentative” release in late 2022, with an exact date not yet announced.
The book is to be published by Penguin Random House in the UK, with all proceeds to be donated to charity.
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