When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they were leaving the U.K. and heading to the U.S., it was a shock to many. Now that the red-headed royal, 37, has settled into his Montecito, Calif., home, he has appeared on podcasts, James Corden's talk show and got candid with Oprah Winfrey.
However, expert Richard Hillgrove believes he is less than thrilled with this new chapter.
“Unfortunately, Harry's just like a rabbit in the headlights and caught up in it. He doesn't look like a happy person at all. He looks jaded. The funny thing is, what he said in the ITV interview was that he's withdrawing from royal life, because he doesn't want to be in the limelight," he said, referring to Harry's interview with Tom Bradby, which aired in 2019.
He continued, “But then he’s morphed into this creation in America, where’s he’s on the top of a bus, singing with James Corden. It’s a million miles from what he professed that he wanted — he said he wanted a private life. He thinks this system in America has got his best interests and everyone at home is has got it in for him.”
Hillgrove believes that Harry might not have made the best choice to leave the royal family.
“The thing is he has gone so far now," he declared. “There seems to be a lot of envy and jealousy, of being the brother that's not in first line at all that type of stuff. He’s got a sense of importance and power, but when the puppet masters in America that are managing the Harry and Meghan show realize they can’t get much more out of them they will be off, and he'll be on the sidelines. I feel really sorry for Harry.”
But, according to Harry, he is doing just fine. “Making this move is really scary, like at every possible opportunity the forces that were working against us tried to make it impossible," he said. “Did I expect to find ourselves in this situation so quickly? No. I think we’ve done a really good job. I have no regrets, it’s incredibly sad, but I have no regrets at all because now I’m in a place where I feel like I should have been four years ago.”