Prince Harry 'secretly tortured' over royal exit, author claims

It’s been a massive year for Prince Harry, announcing his shock exit from the royal family, moving overseas to LA and being forced into lockdown before he’d even gotten a chance to explore his new home.

And now, it’s being claimed that the 35-year-old is struggling with the events that have unfolded over the past few months.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a Creative Industries and Business Reception on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa.   (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince Harry is reportedly 'secretly tortured' over his decision to leave the royal family. Photo: Getty Imags

Authors Andy Tillett and Dylan Howard claim in a new book called Royals At War: The Inside Story of Harry and Meghan’s Shocking Split With the House of Windsor, that Harry is feeling guilty about leaving the royals and it really hit home when his dad, Prince Charles, was struck down with the coronavirus.

"On top of it all, he’s got cabin fever,” a source told The Sun.

"Harry’s gone from feeling excited about the move to feeling secretly tortured."

The insider went on to say that Meghan Markle is doing all she can to assure Harry that he will fall in love with his new home once the lockdown restrictions have been eased.

"Meghan wants to take him hiking and talks about the local polo club and how much he’ll love surfing,” the source said.

The couple are believed to currently be staying in friend and actor Tyler Perry’s LA mansion, while they go on the house hunt.

Prince Harry attends The Sovereign's Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on December 15, 2017 in Camberley, England. The Sovereign's Parade takes place in the Old College Square at Sandhurst's Royal Military Academy at the end of each term and marks the passing out of Officer Cadets who have completed the commissioning course. Prince Harry graduated from the Royal Military Academy in 2006. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
A source claims his 'guilt' was made worse when his dad, Prince Charles, contracted the coronavirus. Photo: Getty Images
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour 2018 on June 9, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are now in lockdown in LA. Photo: Getty Images

Back in April, famous primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall, who is known for her efforts in trying to protect chimpanzees from extinction, hinted that life in the US wasn’t exactly going to plan for the couple.

“I don’t know how his career is going to map out, but, yes, I’ve been in touch – though I think he’s finding life a bit challenging right now,” the 86-year-old told the Radio Times.

Later that month, the prince’s friends claimed he’s missing parts of his former life back in the UK.

According to The Telegraph, the 35-year-old is longing for the camaraderie of his days in the Army and thinks it may have helped him cope with all the changes that are occurring in his life.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at Nottingham Contemporary on December 1, 2017 in Nottingham, England. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday 27th November 2017 and will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor in May 2018. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
It's believed the royal couple are staying in Tyler Perry's house. Photo: Getty Images

“He has been telling friends he still can't believe this has happened. He can't believe his life has been turned upside down,” his friend said.

“He was in a happy place when he was serving in the Army, then he met Meghan and since then life has been great. But I don't think he foresaw things turning out quite as they did.”

Harry’s friend went on to say that Harry doesn’t blame Meghan for wanting to move back to her hometown of LA, but he feels that he “might have been better protected if he was still in the Army”.

Despite having an impressive military career spanning over ten years, Harry was forced to relinquish his titles when he stepped down from his role as a senior royal in March.

"As agreed in this new arrangement, they understand that they are required to step back from Royal duties, including official military appointments. They will no longer receive public funds for Royal duties,” a statement from Buckingham Palace read.

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