Prince Harry wanted to escape Prince William 'for years'

Marni Dixit
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·3-min read

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle "don't regret" leaving the royal family because escaping "subservience" to Prince William is what "Harry wanted to do for years", according to a royal biographer.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as senior royals in March 2020, but royal biographer Robert Lacey, author of Battle of Brothers: William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult, claims Harry was tired of being the "spare" and wanted to "get out and start a new life" away from the royal family.

Prince William stands beside Prince Harry
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle "don't regret" leaving the royal family because escaping "subservience" to Prince William is what "Harry wanted to do for years", according to a royal biographer. Photo: Getty

"To stay in the royal system is to go along with subservience to those more senior than you," the historian told People magazine. "He has asserted his own identity."

Another source told the magazine the couple "love" being able to focus on projects close to their hearts and achieve their "dream" of being financially independent.

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"Meghan and Harry took a huge leap of faith to embark on their new life," they claimed. "Despite everything that has been going on this year, they don't regret their move to the US.

"They love that they are able to focus on projects and causes that are important to them. It was always their dream to be financially independent and pay their own way.

"Harry was finally doing what he'd wanted to do for years, and to have Meghan and Archie with him was all he could have asked for."

A royal expert claims Harry was tired of being the "spare" and wanted to "get out and start a new life" away from the royal family. Photo: Getty
A royal expert claims Harry was tired of being the "spare" and wanted to "get out and start a new life" away from the royal family. Photo: Getty

This comes as the Queen's former press secretary Dickie Arbite said he found it "extraordinary" the Duke and Duchess have made various appearances, despite the fact they asked for privacy after stepping back from the royal family.

"I find it extraordinary that two people who left basically because they felt press intrusion and yet in the past 12 months we've had nothing but drip-feeding the press about things that they're doing," he told True Royalty TV's Royal Beat.

A source revealed to PA that the couple is in a good place after the tumultuous year.

The source said: "After a very turbulent 12 months for everyone in the world and massive changes of moving country and all the rest of it, they have also been very vocal about what they have gone through in their own personal life.

Harry and Meghan are reportedly in a 'good place' since leaving the royal family early last year. Photo: Getty
Harry and Meghan are reportedly in a 'good place' since leaving the royal family early last year. Photo: Getty

"They have a house. They have created the financial independence that they were after.

"They have launched their organisation and their organisation is underway doing amazing things already.

"And so I think that they are in a very good place."

The couple recently signed a rumoured $52 million deal with Spotify to produce and host their own shows as part of the newly formed Archewell Audio.

They began the show with a holiday special in the hopes they could "uplift audiences around the world".

They also signed a deal with Netflix which is believed to be worth more than $US100 million.

Meghan also invested in the company Clevr Brands, which makes instant oat-milk lattes.

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