Worse, after moving to Los Angeles, Harry was 8,000 kilometers from his family.
“It occurred to him that Charles and the Queen will not stay forever,” says a source in the new book “Royals At War: The Inside Story of Harry and Meghan’s Shocking Split With the House of Windsor” by Andy Tillett and Dylan Howard (Skyhorse Publishing), Tuesday.
“Harry’s greatest fear is not to be there if his grandmother were to die,” added a source to the book.
The disturbing update that his beloved father was sick with COVID-19 was one of the many striking reminders that the 35-year-old was stranded away from home after leaving Britain with his wife, Meghan Markle, and their 1 year old child. son, Archie.
Such struggles in Harry’s new life – first on Vancouver Island, Canada, and now in Los Angeles – are exposed in the new book, with Meghan’s determination to get what she wants. .
“Meghan has always been fascinated by the creation of a” brand “,” said a former friend of the authors. “I don’t think she married Harry with that in mind, but that was a determining factor.”
Then the question is how someone who, as the book says, was born in fame and came to hate it and someone who aspired to fame and came to militarize it, lives happily ever after at La La Land?
“It ensures [Harry] that once things get back to normal, he will love their new life in Los Angeles, “said an insider. “Meghan wants to take her for a hike and talk about the local polo club and how much he will love to surf. “
But right now life is a bit of a shiny facade. The authors paint a depressing picture of the second son, once adored by the late Princess Diana, “overwhelmed with the guilt of not being closer to home. [the pandemic] that is happening. ”
It seems like it is a heavy price to pay for what many believe to be a poorly conceived and somewhat stubborn decision by Harry and Meghan to turn their backs on royal duty, citing their desire to live as a normal family with Archie, far from media spotlights and stuffy palace protocol.
The duo announced their determination to break away from the blue-blooded family in January, just 20 months after their fairytale wedding at Windsor Castle in May 2018. According to sources, the departure – which has become widely known as name of “Megxit” – is deeply “saddened” Queen Elizabeth II, 94 years old.
It also widened the gap between Harry and his formerly close brother, Prince William, as well as William’s wife, Kate Middleton. According to a royal insider quoted in the book, the second in line with the British throne and his wife “feel screwed”, because they will probably have double the workload now that Harry and Meghan will not attend many engagements officials. .
“They think it is unfair that Harry and Meghan continue to reap the rewards of belonging to the royal family without having to make any effort,” said the royal insider. (Although Harry remains a prince by birth, he will no longer use this title, nor His Royal Highness.)
The royal insider says that Kate in particular “panics” about how she will “juggle the extra responsibilities of family life” during the pandemic. It’s a time when older members of the royal family – like her stepmother Camilla Parker Bowles and stepfather Charles, who has since recovered from COVID-19 – must take a break from the front line for their own health and safety. .
Image has always been important to Meghan Markle. Now it’s more important … [because] she needs an income.
– Source in “Royals at War”
Another person familiar with the situation says that Will and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have the feeling that Meghan, 38, is a mistress of the manipulation of her husband – who is known in the interior circles as n ‘ not being the most intelligent of men who acts frequently first and thinks later.
“They think it’s pathetic how Meghan works Harry as his own puppet,” said a source. “They’ve resigned themselves to losing the Harry they once knew in the foreseeable future. ”
According to Ninaki Priddy, who grew up with Meghan, the actress has long known how to shape people and situations to her satisfaction. Priddy reveals in the book how Meghan changed after she picked up “Suits”, the USA Network series that brought the first true taste of fame she dreamed of.
“There are Meghan Before Fame and Meghan After Fame … The tone of her voice, her manners, her way of laughing – seemed to me no longer real,” says Priddy. “In the second season of‘ Suits ’she refused to have lunch with [old friends] because she said she would be recognized. ”
Originally, it looked like Canada would be going to a permanent home for Harry, Meghan and baby Archie, with the family taking refuge in Mille Fleurs, a French country-inspired five-bedroom house borrowed from an anonymous billionaire on the island from Vancouver.
But the itching soon struck again. According to the authors, the Duchess quickly “unleashed her longed-for plan” to return to Los Angeles, the city where she grew up. It also houses her mother, yoga instructor Doria Ragland.
Southern California called the name of the ex-actress. After looking at mansions in gated communities around Bel Air, the family moved into an 18-million-dollar, eight-bedroom Tuscan-style villa on 23 acres of land in Beverly Hills. It belongs to actor and producer Tyler Perry, whom Meghan is said to have met through their mutual friend Oprah Winfrey.
In Beverly Hills, Meghan bows to the whims of Harry, aware that her homesickness is likely exacerbated due to the foreclosure. She can’t wait for the city to reopen so they can start going out again.
Harry – who started yoga to relieve his anxiety – tries to minimize the extent of the dissatisfaction he feels. At least to his wife.
Another source in the book comments: “Like any household, right now there are ups and downs. To Harry’s credit, he tried to protect Meghan from her stress. He will therefore confide in friends in London by phone. ”
Locking in to the Los Angeles pandemic has done nothing to help matters.
“In addition, he has a fever in the cabin,” adds this source. “It was far from an ideal situation. Harry went from feeling excited about the move to feeling secretly tortured. ”
But the couple are already busy networking in the Golden State and exploring career opportunities when the pandemic is over.
“They are in contact with a number of powerful Los Angeles players and are looking forward to hosting dinners with George and Amal Clooney and major film producer Jeffrey Katzenberg,” said another insider.
Meghan, who recently made a well-publicized voice-over for the Disney documentary film “Elephants,” likes the idea of being the breadwinner with Harry as a stay-at-home father.
“Image has always been everything for Meghan Markle,” said one of her friends in the book. “It is now more important to her than ever, because with the Queen’s money running out, she needs income. ”
But she has no plans to do another TV show like “Suits”. Instead, according to another insider, her husband encouraged her to do more voice-overs as well as “write, produce and direct in her spare time.”
Harry, too, has Hollywood ambitions, focused on documentaries about the charities he supports.
“We will see him on camera, mainly as a spokesperson,” a source told the authors. “He’s not trying to be the next Brad Pitt or anything. He understands that it is a risky business. Harry knows Hollywood is fickle.
“He wants everything to be right from the start and if all goes well, he will use the exhibit to highlight worthy causes. With Harry and Meghan, it’s not just about making quick money – there has to be a purpose behind their work. ”
Meanwhile, Meghan appreciates the little things that her renewed life in America can offer. This includes the freedom to wear whatever she wants rather than following the strict directives of purists from her former office at Kensington Palace.
The book quotes someone from her fashion team who says that “Meghan said she should start dressing less like a Hollywood star and more like a royal” – like not wearing as much black and wearing a hat only when the queen has approved.
It can also revert to other old Hollywood habits.
The book mentions how Meghan’s “special brand of energy from the West Coast” – meaning that she would get up at 5 am and bombard her aides with texts – annoyed her former staff in London and earned it the nickname “Hurricane Meghan”. In addition, according to a source in the book, Kate told Meghan not to speak to her staff that way.
No matter how Los Angeles changes Meghan – or lets her revert to familiar behaviors, only now with a whole new level of fame – one thing seems certain. The authors are confident that Harry will be in the grip of Meghan for years to come.
As the book says, “She is his only survival strategy for his biggest dream – a life forever free from being a royal. “