Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams spoke Express.co.uk about the struggles the Duke of Sussex has faced from the start of his marriage to the turning point he currently finds himself in amid the coronavirus pandemic. At the time of his engagement to Meghan Markle, the nation was supporting the Duke’s new life with his future wife, but a build-up of different factors is forcing the royal couple to step down from their senior royal duties earlier this year. .
Mr Fitzwilliams said: “At the time of his engagement, Prince Harry was extremely popular. He had a special place in the hearts of the nation since Diana’s funeral.
“And, I think, it was a marriage that had huge promises, contrary to what has been written by some.
“The press at the time of the engagement and the wedding was extremely enthusiastic.
“Naturally he was protecting Meghan and there is no doubt that one of the legacies of his mother’s tragic death is that he has a deep aversion to what he remembers as ‘media intrusion’.
“However, the fact that in less than two years a marriage that had so much promise did not succeed until they not only had to back down, but also quit.
“It’s deeply sad and I think there are a number of reasons for it.
“One of the reasons that has come out especially in recent months is that she was deeply unhappy with royal life and what she saw as its constraints.
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However, following their move to Los Angeles, the unexpected outbreak of a global pandemic forced the couple to postpone the launch of their upcoming projects, including their charity, Archewell.
Mr Fitzwilliams said: ‘But Harry is now at a crossroads as it is not clear what his role will be.
“They are waiting for the pandemic to end before launching Archewell, the non-profit charity.
“But there’s no doubt that this is her territory and that’s where she feels happy.
“It’s his home and also where his voice overs, his speeches and his commitments are.
“She is at her place. She is very happy. “
But the pandemic crisis means Prince Harry faces the uncertainty of not knowing exactly when his next visit to the palace will take place.
“There is no doubt that Harry felt head over heels in love with Meghan, but I think there is no doubt that it leads him to an area of his life that he never thought he was in.
“The Queen is 94 and Prince Philip is 99 and because of the pandemic he won’t see them for some time and it is not clear what the future holds for him.”