PRINCE HARRY could actually be following in his father Prince Charles’ footsteps, who also felt “lost” after leaving the military and so sought a new role for himself, an archived report has revealed.
Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have relocated to LA, California, after taking the unprecedented decision to remove themselves from the royal frontline in January. After giving up the brandname Sussex Royal, the two recently announced their new charitable venture would be called Archewell. The royal couple are looking to become financially independent within the next 12 months, but many critics are concerned that Harry will struggle to find enough work to keep him occupied away from royal life.
However, he is not the only royal who has caused such concerns – his father and the heir to the throne Charles found himself at a similar loss back in the Seventies.
According to Vanity Fair back in December 2005, the Prince of Wales felt purposeless following his departure from the Royal Navy.
Writer Bob Colacello explained: “After six years in the Navy, Charles decided to move on, and for the remainder of the decade would be in search of both a meaningful role as a modern Prince of Wales and a wife.”
The article recalled a speech from Charles in 1978, where he said: “My great problem in life is that I do not know what my role in life is.
“At the moment I do not have one.
Prince Harry and Prince Charles (Image: Getty)
Harry may be following in his father’s footsteps after Megxit (Image: Getty)
“But somehow, I must find one.”
This is an eerie foreshadowing of a statement released by Harry in 2015, when he left the Army after a decade of service.
He said that leaving the military had been a “really tough decision” and left him at “crossroads”.
He continued: “I am considering the options for the future and I am really excited about the possibilities.
Charles with Harry when he was a toddler (Image: Getty)
“So while I am finishing one part of my life, I am getting straight into a new chapter. I am really looking forward to it.”
However, royal commentator Angela Levin added in her 2018 book ‘Harry: Conversations with the Prince’ that a royal aide pointed out how, only two years ago, Harry “had yet to move far from those crossroads”.
Similarly, Buckingham Palace was left wondering how to give Charles a purpose once he had left the Royal Navy.
Writing in Vanity Fair, Mr Colacello explained: “There was some talk between the Palace and the Government of appointing Charles Governor-General of Australia or ambassador to France.”
Both Charles and Harry felt lost after leaving behind their military careers (Image: Getty)
Charles served in the Royal Navy for six years (Image: Getty)
Only last year, The Sunday Times reported that the royal fold had considered making Harry the Governor-General of Australia, too.
The newspaper explained that “there have been various ideas floated for them to take on a job abroad, such as Governor-General of Australia or Canada” according to a close confidant of both Prince William and Harry.
However, these plans were rejected as “senior royals are not civil servants”.
Harry served in the Army for a decade (Image: Getty)
Reportedly, Palace officials considered giving the pair a “major international job… probably in Africa, that will combine some work on behalf of the Commonwealth along with charity work and a role promoting Britain” instead.
A December 1977 memo from Charles’ private secretary to the Queen’s private secretary revealed how his officials rejected the role, too.
It read: “His Royal Highness has a far more important role to play by continuing to expand his activities as Prince of Wales in the interests of service to society as a whole and not to one particular segment of it.”
By this time, Charles had established the Prince’s Trust, which aims to help underprivileged young people with their education and careers.
Charles pictured with Harry, William and Sir David Attenborough (Image: Getty)
Similarly, Harry and Meghan have just announced the name of their new charitable platform which they hope to “build one day” but will only launch it “when the time is right”.
However, while Charles also focused on his role as the Duke of Cornwall when he was struggling to find a purpose for his royal life, Harry did the opposite and stepped back from royal duties.
The couples’ friend Dr Jane Goodall also told the Radio Times last week that Harry was finding life “a bit challenging” in the US.
While Meghan will be occupied with returning to her acting career, it remains to be seen what Harry will do.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK