PRINCE HARRY lamented having to “play gooseberry” to Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge until Meghan Markle gave him the confidence to “break free” from the royal system, expert Katie Nicholl suggested.
Prince Harry allegedly lamented having to play “the spare wheel” on engagements with Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge before Meghan Markle met him. Following the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in 2011, Prince Harry joined his brother and sister-in-law on a series of engagements and helped manage the Royal Foundation he and William had helped create two years before. But according to royal commentator Katie Nicholl, the Duke of Sussex felt uneasy with the arrangements and welcomed the confidence Meghan Markle gave him to “break free”.
Speaking to ET, Ms Nicholl said: “While the media loved this idea of a royal threesome – Kate, William and Harry – at point I’ve heard him complain that he felt the gooseberry, the third one along at the date.
“He never quite fitted in and I think that while Kate and William went out of their way to make sure Harry felt part of this team, part of this trio.
“Everything from where they lived, a stone’s throw across the courtyard at Kensington Palace, to the Royal Foundation that was theirs, they very much tried to include him.”
The royal expert suggested Prince Harry had long wanted to “be his own person” and received the confidence to pursue his own aspirations when he met his now-wife Meghan.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said they want to establish themselves away from the Royal Family (Image: GETTY)
She continued: “Harry always wanted to be his own person and I think Meghan has been the catalyst which has enabled Harry to break free from William and Kate, and that trio which was at times cozy and convenient but wasn’t actually what Harry wanted.
“Harry is a very, very focused man, he has very clear ideas of what he wants to do and that wasn’t to be a spare wheel to William and Kate.
“He wanted to be his own person and I think Meghan really gave him the confidence to break free.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down from their royal duties in January to establish themselves independently from the Royal Family.
Prince Harry joined William and Kate for several engagements after the Duke and Duchess married (Image: WENN)
Prince Harry reportedly claimed he felt like the “third wheel” (Image: GETTY)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were due to launch their own non-profit organisation, Archewell, this year but had to postpone plans because of the pandemic.
A source said earlier this month: “They are in no hurry to launch Archewell, they want to get it right, that’s really important to them.
“This is something that they want to do for the rest of their lives so they’re not going to be pressured into launching something that’s still in the relatively early stages of development.”
Meghan and Harry have been focused on working in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and last week visited Homeboy Industries to discuss their work with gang intervention and their rehabilitations programmes.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been living in Los Angeles for three months (Image: GETTY)
Despite the limitations of the lockdown, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have continued to undertake a small number of virtual engagements with charities and organisations they support.
In June, Meghan received praise for a hearfelt speech on the death of George Floyd and the protests that followed as part of a speech to the 2020 graduating class of her former high school in Los Angeles.
The insider added: “Everything they’re doing at the moment is part of Archewell.
“Whether Covid, BLM or their ongoing charity work, it’s all part of how they’re working on Archewell and developing their work and focus going forward.
“Their team have been working on hate speech issues, and tech-for-good behind the scenes since the beginning of the year. It was the focus of their visit to Stanford in February.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK