Once upon a time, Prince Harry was one of the most popular members of the royal family, just behind the Queen herself.
He was a guy’s guy, always laughing and joking his way through engagements, playing with the children, dancing, and looking as if he was having a fantastic time. He made people feel at ease as if he was just a normal person, and not a member of the royal family.
He inherited his mother’s naughty streak, often getting into trouble that made headline news the next day. Yet, people loved him even more for it.
In the last couple of years, Prince Harry’s attitude has taken a nosedive, as if the public is not even looking at the same person.
On official engagements, he often looks sullen, angry, tense, and stressed out as if the whole world is out to get him (and it’s obvious he believes this is the case.)
The drastic change in Prince Harry’s demeanor and choices seems to coincide with his wedding to Meghan Markle.
While it would be unfair to entirely put the blame on her for the couple’s recent announcement that they would be stepping down as senior royals, it’s obvious to anyone watching that Harry turned into a different person when she came on the scene.
Reports have recently surfaced that Harry has cut himself off from his best friends, alienating himself from those who truly care about him.
Apparently, the cutting off process started around six months into Meghan’s pregnancy with their son Archie.
A source told People that most of Harry’s friends no longer even have his phone number. They said, “Most no longer even have his cell number. They totally understand that men often drift from their friends after marriage, but there’s still a lot of resentment because they had been close for so long.”
Despite the fact that Meghan no longer talks to any of her family members except for her mother, she has remained in touch with a number of her friends, unlike her husband.
Royal photographer Arthur Edwards recently spoke to Good Morning Britain about the changes he sees in Prince Harry.
He claimed, “When he says he was persecuted by the press, not one pic was published about them during their break. This has divided the royal family – and I think Harry’s doing what he’s told personally.”
This appeared as a not so subtle dig at Meghan, who many feel is pulling the strings behind the scenes.
And, what about the relationship between Harry and his brother William? They once appeared to have the closest of bonds, especially after losing their mother, however, the two Princes are barely speaking at the moment.
Edwards said of the relationship, “Before Harry met Meghan they were very close. I fell in love with my wife, it didn’t change my life. I just think it’s really sad what’s happening.”
The feud between the brothers seems to go back to around the time of Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding when it was claimed Prince William expressed doubts about Harry’s choice of bride. Clearly, the divide only got deeper from there.
What will happen to Prince Harry now is anyone’s guess. Will he and Meghan find their way in Canada, and become the sort of “power couple” they appear to be striving for, or will they regret this enormous decision?