The Duke of Sussex harboured a long-held fear his time was running out and once Prince George turned 18 he would become irrelevant, a source has claimed. They said: “He had this thing that he had a shelf life. He was fixated [on] this. He would compare himself with his uncle [Prince Andrew]. He would say, ‘I have this time to make this impact. Because I can’.”
The source told The Times after Prince George turned 18 Harry believed: “‘Then I will be the also-ran’. He was genuinely thinking of it as, ‘I have this platform now, for a limited amount of time. I want to move forward, move forward’.”
According to the same source, Harry’s staff assured him he was a very different person to his uncle Prince Andrew. The Times reports them telling him: “You can still have an impact in your forties, fifties, even longer. So long as you set the right foundations now.”
However, the source claimed Harry never saw it in this way.
The claims come amid speculation over whether Harry and his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, might be brought back into the fold of the Royal Family.
Mr Myers discussed the Duke of Sussex during an appearance on The Royal Beat on True Royalty TV.
The royal commentator said: “The olive branch being extended by the King in his statement, the fact William invited them to Windsor – these are sticking plasters on a great wound that he has had a huge hand in.”
He asked: “Is he [now] really regretting his conduct over the last couple of years? I don’t know where they go from here, and I can only see it getting worse because of this book.”
Publisher Random House is set to publish a memoir co-written by Harry which the Duke has vowed will be an intimate account of his life.
Harry said in an announcement about the book: “I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I’ve learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a firsthand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”
He said he planned to write the book not as the Prince he was born, but as the man he has become.
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