From his days as a precocious child to his wild teen years and even during his time in the army, the world has watched Prince Harry go from a boy to a man. However, the past few years of his life have been some of the most transformative for the red-headed prince.
No longer in older brother Prince William’s shadow, the Duke of Sussex has stepped out on his own. He fell in love with Meghan Markle, an American actress with a passion for helping others. He’s become a father to 6-month-old Archie Harrison, and he’s been increasingly outspoken and candid about his personal journey and beliefs.
Though these all seem like positive factors, it appears that Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles, and his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, have never been more worried about him.
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Some behind the scenes moments from yesterday! The Duke of Sussex, Captain General of the Royal Marines, hit the water with the Cape Town Maritime Police Unit and members of the British Royal Marines, joining their patrols to tackle the illegal wildlife trade. More to come later today as The Duke and Duchess continue their tour in Cape Town! #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica • Video ©️SussexRoyal
Prince Harry has changed significantly since meeting Meghan Markle
We’ve all watched the prince mature since meeting Markle in 2016. Before their blind date, Harry was known as the party prince. From his nude Las Vegas pictures to his Nazi Halloween costume, the prince popped up in the tabloids throughout his 20s for one reason or another.
However, since being with Markle, Prince Harry has turned to yoga and given up cigarettes and alcohol. Apparently this has all been in an effort to keep the duchess happy. In her 2019 biography, Harry: Conversations with the Prince, Angela Levin writes, “Harry has always worn his heart on his sleeve. It’s obvious he loves his wife, but he is also in awe of her. A reason perhaps for him having remarked before the wedding: ‘what Meghan wants Meghan gets.’”
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Today The Duke of Sussex played in the ninth annual @Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup, held for the first time in Rome, Italy, to raise funds and awareness for Sentebale’s work supporting children and young people affected by HIV in southern Africa. Co- founded by The Duke of Sussex in 2006 with Prince Seeiso, @Sentabale has worked for over a decade in Lesotho, Botswana and Malawi to address the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people affected by HIV, providing them with the tools, peer networks, and education to lead healthy and productive lives. Eastern and southern Africa remain the regions most affected by the HIV epidemic – accounting for 45% of the world’s HIV infections. Lesotho and Botswana have the second and third highest infection rate of HIV in the world – with children often too afraid to access the life-saving treatment and care available, because there is still too much associated stigma. Sentebale’s core programme supporting children living with HIV reaches over 4,600 children and young people each month who are coming to terms with living with HIV through monthly Saturday clubs at local healthcare facilities, and 1,700 youth through residential week-long camps in Lesotho and Botswana. Last year alone, Sentebale’s youth volunteers aged between 18 and 24 delivered sexual and reproductive health education, including topics on HIV prevention in schools and communities to over 100,000 of their peers in Lesotho. Support from today’s match will help @Sentebale to expand these essential and life-transforming initiatives. To learn more about @Sentebale or lend your support, visit www.sentebale.org or if you’re in London on June 11th, please join us for the Sentebale Audi concert at Hampton Court Palace @historicroyalpalaces, more details can be also found on the @Sentebale website Photos: Chris Jackson, Delfina Blaquier
This is why Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth are worried about Prince Harry
Though quitting cigarettes and turning to yoga are healthy choices, the queen and Prince of Wales are nervous Prince Harry is being forced to suppress who he truly is for Markle. Levin writes:
On many occasions, he has also seemed to be a shadow of himself: miserable, tense, sulky and even emasculated. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why, but perhaps all the changes Meghan has encouraged him to adopt have temporarily made him no longer feel quite himself. He also seems to be less active. In 2018 he only fulfilled 193 royal engagements compared to 507 undertaken by Prince Charles. He is emotionally vulnerable and has no wish to contradict a charismatic and extremely determined wife. I have been told from an insider that both the Queen and Prince Charles are very worried about him.
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Tonight, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the first of a two game series of the Major League Baseball #LondonSeries, in support of @WeAreInvictusGames. Tonight’s highly anticipated game between the #Yankees and #RedSox took place at London stadium, Olympic Park. The @WeAreInvictusGames, of which His Royal Highness is Founding Patron, has been selected as charity partner for the @MLB 2019 series. The Invictus Games Foundation is the international charity that oversees the development of the Invictus Games, an international adaptive multi-sport event in which wounded, injured or sick armed service personnel and veterans participate. It celebrates the power of sport in recovery and how it can help, physically or psychologically, those suffering from injuries or illness. The word ‘invictus’ means ‘unconquered’ – it embodies the fighting spirit of the competitors. As part of the partnership, the Invictus Games Foundation have a team participating in London’s #Softball60, the social softball series built for the city and targeted to introduce the sport to new audiences and demonstrate that it is an inclusive sport. On this #ArmedForcesDay, tonight’s event was also a chance for Their Royal Highnesses to shine a light on the men and women here in the UK and around the world who have sacrificed so much for their country. Discover more about the Invictus Games Foundation through the link in our bio. Photo credit: PA
Is Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s marriage in trouble?
The royal couple revealed through their ITV documentary, Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, that they are struggling to adjust as modern royals in the spotlight. And the prince seems to be willing to do whatever it takes to make sure his wife is happy. A royal insider told Levin, “[Harry] loved being in the army and has been a classic Jack the Lad. But now he doesn’t want to say the wrong thing in case he upsets Meghan.”
For now, it looks like the pair are going to retreat from the public to strategize on their approach and spend some time with the duchess’s mother in Los Angeles over Thanksgiving.
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