Prince Harry wants to forget his similarities to ‘legend of banter’ Prince Philip and has adopted a ‘woke persona’ which ‘distances him from any wrongdoing or offence,’ a royal expert has claimed.
According to Thomas Mace-Archer-Mills, founder of the British Monarchists Society, the Duke of Sussex, 36, has attempted to devise a ‘new persona’ in a bid to put some distance between woke Harry and the fact he was ‘heir’ to the Duke of Edinburgh, who was renowned for his cheeky one-liners.
‘The Duke of Sussex has chosen to ignore and forget his less than favourable gaffes by burying them under several layers of political correctness and woke cushioning, in hope that his newly created persona will distance him from any wrongdoing or offence he caused when his gaffes were knowingly made,’ the royal expert claimed, speaking to The Daily Star.
‘Harry used to be like his grandfather, he had charisma, and charm – he was able to also use humour as a tool, but this is where the similarities end.’
The Duke of Sussex, 36, is trying to forget he was once like ‘legend of banter’ Prince Philip in favour of ‘woke persona,’ a royal expert has claimed. Pictured, during new five-part AppleTV+ docuseries The Me You Can’t See
Prince Philip at the battle of Trafalgar Bicentenary Commemoration Service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on 23 October 2005
He went on to say how there is ‘nothing funny’ about the Duke any more and that Harry, unlike his grandfather, is unable to use humour in his favour – adding that ‘not only have times changed, so has Prince Harry.’
The royal expert also recalled how the royal used to be a ‘lad’s lad’ but claimed that the once ‘happy go lucky chap’ is nowhere to be seen since he took the decision to step back as a senior royal in March 2020, and move to America with wife Meghan Markle and their son, Archie.
Paying tribute to his later grandfather when he flew to the UK to attend his funeral last month, Prince Harry light-heartedly summed up Prince Philip as ‘master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right ’til the end’.
‘If there were any aspirations on the part of Harry to be the heir to Philip’s “legend of banter”, then those very aspirations are sadly misconstrued, misunderstood, and misguided – a failure,’ said the royal expert. ‘With the passing of Prince Philip, so went the last of the Windsor’s great gaffes.’
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex walks behind Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin, carried by a Land rover hearse, in a procession during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor
Key revelations from Prince Harry’s latest bombshell interview on US TV
On the Sussexes’ cries for help to the Royal Family
‘I thought my family would help, but every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, just got met with total silence, total neglect. We spent four years trying to make it work. We did everything that we possibly could to stay there and carry on doing the role and doing the job. But Meghan was struggling.’
On Harry’s family ‘stopping’ them from quitting
‘That feeling of being trapped within the family, there was no option to leave. Eventually when I made that decision for my family, I was still told, “You can’t do this”, And it’s like, “Well how bad does it have to get until I am allowed to do this?”. She [Meghan] was going to end her life. It shouldn’t have to get to that.’
On Meghan’s wish to ‘end her life’
‘Meghan decided to share with me the suicidal thoughts and the practicalities of how she was going to end her life.
‘The thing that stopped her from seeing it through was how unfair it would be on me after everything that had happened to my mum and to now to be put in a position of losing another woman in my life — with a baby inside of her, our baby.
‘The scariest thing for her was her clarity of thought. She hadn’t “lost it.” She wasn’t crazy. She wasn’t self-medicating, be it through pills or through alcohol. She was absolutely sober. She was completely sane’.
On Prince Charles’ parenting
‘My father used to say to me when I was younger, he used to say to both William and I, ‘Well it was like that for me so it’s going to be like that for you’,’ Prince Harry says in the new documentary.
‘That doesn’t make sense. Just because you suffered doesn’t mean that your kids have to suffer, in fact quite the opposite.
‘If you suffered, do everything you can to make sure that whatever negative experiences you had, that you can make it right for your kids’.
On ‘smears’ from ‘The Firm’
‘Before the Oprah interview had aired, because of the combined efforts of The Firm and the media to smear her, I was woken up in the middle of the night to her crying into her pillow because she doesn’t want to wake me up because I’m already carrying too much. That’s heartbreaking.’
And trying to repair the relationship
‘I like to think that we were able to speak truths in the most compassionate way possible, therefore leaving an opening for reconciliation and healing’
On Meghan helping Harry into therapy
‘I saw GPs. I saw doctors. I saw therapists. I saw alternative therapists. I saw all sorts of people, but it was meeting and being with Meghan I knew that if I didn’t do the therapy and fix myself that I was going to lose this woman who I could see spending the rest of my life with.
‘When she said, “I think you need to see someone,” it was in reaction to an argument that we had. And in that argument not knowing about it, I reverted back to 12-year-old Harry.’
Using booze and drugs to cope with his mother’s death
‘I was willing to drink, I was willing to take drugs, I was willing to try and do the things that made me feel less like I was feeling.’
The royal said he would drink a week’s worth of alcohol on a Friday or Saturday night ‘not because I was enjoying it but because I was trying to mask something’.
Last week, Prince Harry sparked outrage in the US, the country that welcomed him when he fled from British royal life, after describing the First Amendment – one of the country’s most cherished founding principles – as ‘bonkers’.
Harry – who fled British royal life to live in luxury in California last year and has since made a fortune through American companies like Netflix and Spotify while living in California – made the comments on Dax Shepard’s podcast on Thursday.
‘I’ve got so much I want to say about the First Amendment as I sort of understand it, but it is bonkers.
‘I don’t want to start going down the First Amendment route because that’s a huge subject and one which I don’t understand because I’ve only been here a short time, but you can find a loophole in anything. You can capitalize or exploit what’s not said rather than uphold what is said.’
Many Americans who’d embraced him and reacted sympathetically to his comments on Oprah were angered by the remarks, as were Brits.
Speaking of the royal’s remarks, Thomas Mace-Archer-Mills told how the previously ‘relatable and fun’ Prince Harry who could ‘appeal to anyone’ is now a ‘partisan, divisive, talking head that chastises and lectures his home nation and belittles his family.’
He went on to say how he missed the old royal before he turned ‘too serious’ and hit headlines daily.
The comments come after Prince Harry dropped another nuclear ‘truth bomb’ on the Royal Family during his new five-part AppleTV+ docuseries, The Me You Can’t See.
The Duke accused them of ‘total silence’ and ‘neglect’ when Meghan was suicidal, claimed his father Prince Charles made him ‘suffer’ as a child and insisting he would not be ‘bullied into silence’ when he alleged ‘The Firm’ ‘trapped’, smeared and dumped them.
In candid interviews, Prince Harry said he and his wife felt abandoned by his relatives and this was one of their ‘biggest reasons’ for leaving for California last year.
He told Oprah: ‘Certainly now I will never be bullied into silence’, adding: ‘I thought my family would help, but every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, just got met with total silence, total neglect. We spent four years trying to make it work. We did everything that we possibly could to stay there and carry on doing the role and doing the job. But Meghan was struggling.’
He added: ‘That feeling of being trapped within the family, there was no option to leave.
‘Eventually when I made that decision for my family, I was still told, “You can’t do this”, And it’s like, “Well how bad does it have to get until I am allowed to do this?”. She [Meghan] was going to end her life. It shouldn’t have to get to that.’
Royal biographer Phil Dampier said Harry’s trip to unveil a statue of Princess Diana with his brother William on July 1 will now be in ‘grave doubt’, especially after the Duke of Sussex said London is a ‘trigger’ for his anxiety.
And royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said there is now ‘clearly a huge gulf between the Royal Family and the Sussexes’, while Harry’s biographer Angela Levin called his appearance ‘phoney and embarrassing’.
Harry said that Meghan described how she would end her life while pregnant with Archie in 2019, adding: ‘The thing that stopped her from seeing it through was how unfair it would be on me after everything that had happened to my mum and to be in a position of losing another woman in my life with a baby inside of her, our baby’.
The Duke of Sussex also accused his family of smearing them to the press before their bombshell Oprah interview in March, describing being woken in their £11million mansion by his wife ‘crying in her pillow’ to stifle the noise on the eve of its broadcast.
‘He said: ‘That’s heartbreaking. I held her. We talked. She cried and she cried and she cried.’
The Apple TV series was released in full online just four hours after his brother Prince William issued an extraordinary attack on the BBC for ruining Princess Diana’s life after her Panorama interview with ‘rogue reporter’ Martin Bashir in 1995.
But despite a judge-led inquiry finally confirming their mother was deceived into doing the show her friends say began a chain of events leading directly to her death in Paris less than two years later, Harry launched yet another full-frontal attack on the Royal Family, who are private exasperated and upset about his constant ‘pot shots’ from across the Atlantic but are unable to respond publicly.