Prince Harry ‘wanted out of Royal Family’ but Duke ‘didn’t know how’ to step down

Prince Harry ‘wanted out of royal family a long time ago’ says Seward

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In January 2020, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex dropped the bombshell announcement they would step back as “senior” royals and work to become financially independent. In their original statement, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said they planned to split their time between the UK and North America. Harry later stated that scrutiny from the British press: “was destroying my mental health.” He said: “This is toxic, so I did what any husband and any father would do, which is, I need to get my family out of here.”

Speaking with Nigel Farage on GB News, the Editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, Ingrid Seward discussed Prince Harry and his place within the Royal Family. 

She said: “I think, reading into the whole situation, Harry wanted out of the Royal Family a long time ago, he just didn’t know how to do it.”

“When he was in the army I do remember ages ago he said ‘I just wish that I wasn’t a prince.'”

“I remember Jilly Cooper coming up and saying ‘what a tragic thing for this boy to say.'”

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She added: “Here he is in this life of incredible privilege that none of us will ever know anything like, and you’re not prepared to take on the responsibility.”

In May, Harry revealed on a podcast that he knew he wanted to leave the Royal Family when he was in his 20s, saying the impact of his mother Princess Diana’s life influenced his feelings.

The remark was in response to a question asked by Dax Shepard, on what it felt like to go on royal visits to the Commonwealth where people in “worse situations” had “more freedom” than he did.

In the podcast, he reiterated that history would repeat itself, referring to the impact press scrutiny had on his later mother, Diana. 

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Talking about the impact it had on her, Harry said: “Because I know, I’ve seen behind the curtain.”

Prince Harry and Meghan have signed deals with streaming services Spotify and Netflix, in order to allow the pair to be financially independent. 

Harry also accepted a new role at a coaching and mental health company BetterUp as chief impact officer.


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The couple have already announced two of their upcoming projects for Netflix, a documentary on the Invictus Games and an animated series titled Pearl.

Filmmaker David Furnish, who is married to Princess Diana’s close friend Elton John, is also involved in the venture with some predicting the international pop star may also lend a musical hand to the series.

In a press release announcing the project, Meghan said: “Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges.

“I’m thrilled that Archewell Productions, partnered with the powerhouse platform of Netflix, and these incredible producers, will together bring you this new animated series, which celebrates extraordinary women throughout history.”

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