Brits thought Prince Harry was happy to up sticks with Meghan Markle and leave the constraints of the Royal Family behind.
But according to a royal expert, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Harry’s built a life in Montecito, California with his wife and two children – Archie, two, and seven-month-old Lilibet. It’s a far cry from the ‘trapped’ existence he described with The Firm, but PR Guru Richard Hillgrove says the Duke is jaded and desperately unhappy.
He told Express.co.uk: “He doesn't look like a happy person at all. He looks jaded. I feel really sorry for Harry.
“He thinks this system in America has got his best interests and everyone at home has got it in for him.”
Harry expressed his unhappiness in a royal role during his famous Oprah interview last year, and big brother William was left reeling.
Mr Hillgrove added: “There seems to be a lot of envy and jealousy, of being the brother that’s not in first line.”
The Duke left for America in search of a more private life, but he and Meghan have gone on to make a royal-style tour of New York and sign lucrative deals with Spotify and Netflix.
Harry even sang with James Corden on top of a bus!
It’s not the life Harry planned, but he can’t turn back, says Mr Hillgrove.
“He has gone so far now. He’s got a sense of importance and power, but when the puppet masters in America that are managing the Harry and Meghan show realise they can’t get much more out of them they will be off, and he'll be on the sidelines.”
While it may not be the life Harry dreamed of, California has offered his children an alternative upbringing to his own.
Archie and Lilibet lead no-filter life including barefoot playdates with Katy Perry’s daughter Daisy Bloom.
A source told OK! USA: “Growing up royal, Harry was often discouraged from saying what he felt, but he won’t dissuade his own children from doing that. With any luck, Archie and Lili will learn how to treat people with kindness and generosity.
“There’s a cool playhouse in their garden, and Archie loves running around with the dogs,” added the source, who says the youngster loves being barefoot like Harry.
It’s a happy life for the children but in Britain, their great grandmother is feeling anxious.
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Prince Harry is due to release a tell-all memoir later this year covering ‘the highs and lows, mistakes and lessons learned’ in his life.
According to royal expert Katie Nicholl, the Queen is anticipating more damaging revelations ahead of its release.
She told Closer magazine: “I’m sure the Queen has a lot of anxiety over that and the royals will be braced for more bombshells.”
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