Claims Harry 'never makes decision' without consulting Diana's spirit
A royal expert has claimed Prince Harry never makes a decision without first consulting his late mother's spirit.
Princess Diana's biographer Andrew Morton spoke on The Mirror's podcast Pod Save the Queen and shared how Harry still considers his mother before making any big decision.
"I think that Diana’s influence has lasted longer than anybody thought because her torchbearers in life, William and Harry, have not forgotten her and have held concerts in her memory," he said.
"Harry himself says that he never makes a decision without referring it to her in a spiritual sense. She marked a turning point in the way the royal family behaved and through her behaviour helped to modernise and make more human the royal family."
He continued, "So it wasn’t big handbags, white gloves and stand-offish. It was more touchy-feely than it had ever been in the past. So she made the royal family more relevant to modern times."
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Elsewhere in the interview, Andrew revealed Harry and his wife Meghan Markle actually made plans to leave the monarchy well before they actually made the move.
He claimed that Harry met with Oprah Winfrey in a hotel in November 2018, six months before he and Meghan wed.
"So they were thinking about a different direction of travel pretty early on," he said.
"The irony is they had been given the keys to the first-class lounge when Prince Harry was given the position of Youth Ambassador to the Commonwealth. This was effectively the Queen’s way of saying, 'You do the rest of the world, leave William and Catherine to do the UK where they will eventually be the Heads of State.'"
Diana is 'third wheel' in Harry and Meghan's marriage
Andrew has previously shared with Daily Mail that he believes Diana to be the "third wheel" in Harry and Meghan's relationship.
"Today for Harry, and increasingly for his wife, all roads lead back to Diana," Andrew wrote.
"His mother’s cause-driven life and the tragic manner of her death has not only coloured Harry’s relationship with his family, and the wider public, it has shaped the couple’s world view.
"As the Sussexes embarked on their own journey together through royal life, not a day went by without a reference, a memory or a decision that related in some way to Harry’s late mother. Diana was the third wheel in their marriage."
Indeed, Meghan is regularly seen seemingly paying tribute to the mother-in-law she was never able to meet, with Harry having said he thought Meghan and his mother would have been "thick as thieves".
When they announced their engagement in 2017, Harry explained small diamonds from his mother's jewellery collection were included in Meghan's ring so that Diana could "join us on this crazy journey".
And Meghan said of the gesture: "Everything about Harry's thoughtfulness and the inclusion of [Diana's stones] and obviously not being able to meet his mum, it's so important to me to know that she's a part of this with us."
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