Why Royal Experts Believe Prince Harry Is Struggling In LA
May 06 2020
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may have resigned from their official royal family duties, but that doesn't mean the British media has stopped obsessing over them — which was sort of the whole point of "Megxit" in the first place. In late March 2020, two royal experts, Angela Mollard and Zoe Burrell, wondered aloud on their ROYALS podcast about how Harry was adapting to Los Angeles life. Their conclusion? Mollard and Burrell both think he must be having a hard time these days.
They have no concrete evidence that Harry is suffering in any way, although Harry's pal Jane Goodall suggested something similar recently, telling reporters that Harry is, quote, "finding life a bit challenging just now." The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been spotted out and about in their adopted home of Los Angeles, volunteering with charities helping people affected by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic and taking Zoom calls with their respective organizations. Throw in the ever-sunny Cali weather and the fact that they're renting a gorgeous multi-million dollar house until they buy something, and it seems like there really is no reason to speculate that Harry is in trouble these days.
But why let a lack of evidence get in the way of a little royal gossip? Mollard and Burrell said on the ROYALS podcast that they think it is, quote, "quite hard" for Harry and Meghan to be currently quarantined in California. Mollard added that the pandemic is helping many families get closer, but that Harry is too far away for that.
"Y'know, they must feel very separate. He doesn't have the friends in LA, she does. She has Doria, she has her family."
"While Meghan might have been feeling equally as removed when she lived in the UK, for Harry, friends have been the people who have supported him, friends and his brother, through the years since his mother's death. And to have that stripped away I think will be very discombobulating for him."
She also added that she thinks Harry is, quote, "suffering from irrelevancy."
"Right now, the world's not focused on them. He can't do the work that he wants to do."
That may not be 100% accurate, though, considering that some of the first things Harry and Meghan did when they arrived in Los Angeles was to continue on with their charity work. And as for his family? Well, he resigned from them, after all, right?
According to People, Meghan and Harry's hand was "forced" when it came to resigning from their official royal family duties. A source claimed at the time,
"This is not how they wanted to handle this, but Meghan and Harry's hand was forced. There is so much bad blood in that family — it's toxic. If relationships had been better, things would have been different."
The British media and hordes of "royal experts" and talking heads were also reportedly a driving force behind Harry and Meghan's move, so it's hard to know if you can take what they say and report seriously. The source also told People that Meghan was, quote, "deeply hurt" by the negative press that hounded her since she met Harry and felt like the royal family didn't support her enough.
But given how tightly the royal family holds the intimate details of their lives, it's likely that the public will never know the full extent of why they decided to step back from royal duties and how they're coping.
That's not to say that Harry and Meghan haven't been publicly supportive of their family. In fact, in their Instagram post announcing their break with their family, the couple wrote,
"After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen."
For her part, Queen Elizabeth also released a statement, saying,
"My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan's desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family."
Whether or not Harry is having a hard time adapting to Los Angeles living, he and his family are likely still in touch, judging by those statements, so the royal experts can probably stop fretting.
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