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PRINCE HARRY’s friend of over 15 years has said he hopes the Duke doesn’t “come to bitterly regret” stepping down from his royal role and hopes he and Meghan’s Oprah interview was “worth it to him”.

After quitting duties, the couple then went on to take part in an explosive tell-all interview last March with Oprah Winfrey.

Meghan, 40, and Prince Harry, 37, made a series of bombshell claims about their time as members of the Royal Family.

The couple alleged there had been “concerns and conversations” raised by a member of the family about what colour Archie’s skin would be.

They also claimed that a rift had arisen between Harry and his father, with the Duke claiming that at one point Prince Charles had “stopped taking my calls”.


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‘Hope it’s worth it’ Harry and Meghan to ‘pay high price’ for Oprah row, warns Duke’s pal (Image: HARPO PRODUCTIONS_AFP via Getty)

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Meghan and Harry sat down for the interview last March (Image: HARPO PRODUCTIONS_AFP via Getty)

The series of bombshell claims made by the duo saw them being accused of severely damaging the Royal Family’s international reputation, while others questioned the accuracy of their allegations.

Just a few weeks prior to the Sussexes explosive tell-all last year, Prince Harry’s friend from his former army days said he “genuinely hopes” that the TV interview was “worth it to him”.

He told the Sun that “nobody knows” the Prince’s motivations but added that he really hoped Harry had given himself “the time to think it all through”.

Martyn Compton said: “As Prince Harry’s friend and someone who has served alongside him, I’m shocked and amazed it’s all come to this.

Martyn Compton and Prince Harry

Martyn Compton and Prince Harry have been friends for over 15 years (Image: Getty)

“I genuinely hope the interview with Oprah Winfrey and all that goes with it is worth it to him as this is a very high price to pay.

“I don’t know what he’s getting out of it, perhaps it’s getting something off his chest.

“But with high-profile deals, including Netflix, what I do know is that no royal should ever be seen to be cashing in.

“No one knows his motives apart from Prince Harry in agreeing to do this interview.

“But I really hope he has given himself the time to think it all through”.

Meghan and Harry

Meghan and Harry stepped away from royal duties in 2020 (Image: Getty)

As part of the move to the US which saw him step out of the royal spotlight, Harry was stripped of his honorary royal titles.

The Duke of Sussex was also stripped of his military titles and is also not permitted to wear his military uniform to any royal events.

A statement released by Buckingham Palace at the time of ‘Megxit’ read: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed to Her Majesty The Queen that they will not be returning as working members of The Royal Family.

“Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Harry was forced to relinquish his military titles after stepping down from royal duties (Image: Getty)

“The honorary military appointments and Royal patronages held by The Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of The Royal Family.”


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