Prince Harry was ‘hurt and angry’ over how his wife was treated by the Royal Family and used their Oprah Winfrey interview to ‘get it out’ – but is now ‘regretful and embarrassed’, a royal expert has claimed.
Duncan Larcombe, author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story, got to know the Duke of Sussex, 36, during his decade-long stint as a royal editor and described him as ‘hot-headed’.
Speaking to Closer magazine, he said Harry has a tendency to act on impulse and recalled a time when the prince ‘flew off the handle’ at him following a misunderstanding at Peter Phillips‘ stag do in 2008.
Duncan told how he explained to William and Harry that he wouldn’t get in their way while covering the event, and would liaise with them about the story he’d run.
Prince Harry was ‘hurt and angry’ over how his wife was treated by the Royal Family and used the Oprah interview to ‘get it out’ – but is now ‘regretful and embarrassed’, a royal expert has claimed
During the weekend, he said the Duke of Cambridge invited him to join them for a drink in the beer garden, but Harry was ‘livid’ thinking he’d snuck in there on the sly.
‘He’s a hot-headed guy, he acts on his emotions,’ Duncan told Closer. ‘He saw red and we had a row – but after William explained, he calmed down, apologised and we had a beer.’
Duncan added that he believes a ‘similar thing happened’ when it came to the Oprah Winfrey interview last month, in which Harry and Meghan claimed Charles and William are ‘trapped’ in ‘The Firm’ and accused the royals of institutional racism, alleging one member of the family questioned what colour their son Archie’s skin would be.
‘Harry was clearly hurt and angry about Meghan’s experience with the royals – and used the interview to get it out,’ Duncan said. ‘But after returning home, I’ve no doubt he’s been feeling embarrassed, regretful and awkward. He’s now facing the consequences. I believe he’ll regret that interview – and maybe his decision to leave the Royal Family.’
Duncan Larcombe, author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story, got to know the Duke of Sussex, 36, during his decade-long stint as a royal editor and described him as ‘hot-headed’ (pictured with Harry in 2008 in Buthe Buthe, Lesotho)
The Duke of Sussex returned to the UK to attend Prince Philip’s funeral on April 17, after stepping down as a senior royal in January 2020 and subsequently having his titles stripped by the Queen.
He flew back to California, where he now resides in a £11million Montecito mansion with Meghan, 39, who is pregnant with their second child, days later, missing the Queen’s 95th birthday on April 21.
Charles, William and Harry were said to have talked after the interview but they were believed to have been ‘unproductive’.
Duncan said he’d heard Harry felt ‘numb’ heading back to LA and had ‘mixed emotions’ about seeing his family again at Prince Philip’s funeral, which reminded him of ‘everything he’s sacrificed’ in recent years and made him feel ‘nostalgic’ for his old life.
Meanwhile, he alleged, Meghan is ‘in her element’ living her LA dream, and he fears Harry will struggle to live harmoniously as part of these two worlds.
Duncan said he’d heard Harry felt ‘numb’ heading back to LA and had ‘mixed emotions’ about seeing his family again at Philip’s funeral, which reminded him of ‘everything he’s sacrificed’ in recent years
‘He’s in for a very difficult ride. There could be tough times ahead,’ Duncan said.
William and Harry are expected to meet again in the summer when they unveil a new statue to Princess Diana at Kensington Palace.
Insiders hope the July 1 event – done to commemorate what would have been their mother’s 60th birthday – will help mend their relationship.
Though earlier this week royal expert Russell Myers questioned whether the visit will take place, commenting: ‘Some quarters of the family did give him a frosty reception and perhaps that did shock him somewhat.’
He went on to say how the Duke of Sussex may use the birth of his daughter, who is expected to arrive in the summer, as a ‘convenient excuse’ not to ‘face the family’.
According to a new poll, the Sussexes’ approval ratings have fallen again to their lowest-ever levels following Prince Philip’s funeral.