Prince Harry ‘lacking a true family ally’ ahead of US move with Meghan Markle and could be back ‘in a new format’ claims former royal bodyguard

Princess Diana's former bodyguard has alleged her 'supportive influence' could've helped when it came to this huge decision...

Prince Harry ‘lacking a true family ally’ according to former royal bodyguard, seen here as he toured The Silverstone Experience at Silverstone
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Prince Harry was reportedly “lacking a true family ally” ahead of his US move with Meghan Markle and could be back "in a new format", claims Princess Diana’s former bodyguard. 

It’s now been two years since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle “stepped back” as senior members of the extended Royal Family and started afresh in the US. Since then so much has changed for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who’ve not only welcomed their second child, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, but launched exciting new ventures. From Meghan Markle’s Spotify podcast, Archetypes, to Prince Harry’s docuseries with Oprah Winfrey, The Me You Can’t See, the couple have forged new lives outside the royal spotlight. 

They also opened up like never before in their Oprah interview which saw the Duke discuss the scrutiny his late mother Princess Diana faced. Now her former bodyguard has got candid ahead of the 25th anniversary of her tragic death on August 31st. 

According to him, Prince Harry supposedly lacked a “true family ally” ahead of the move stateside and Princess Diana could have given him valuable advice.

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Speaking to OK!, Ken Wharfe, who has co-written Diana: Remembering the Princess with Ros Coward, suggested that whilst the Sussexes might well have still settled in their Santa Barbara mansion, things could have happened a little differently if the Princess were still alive.

“She might well have said, ‘Well, if this is what you want, fine. But let’s think about it first and foremost’,” Ken said, claiming that Princess Diana’s response would’ve been measured.

He went on to allege, “I think what Harry was lacking was a true family ally. It seems to me that he was quite impetuous about wanting to leave and needed some advice. Diana would have been of great value to him because she would have understood the situation.”

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The former royal bodyguard also remarked upon how Princess Diana would've been “his best friend” and someone Prince Harry could “totally trust”.

“[E]qually, she would have realised that upping and leaving the country might not have been the best decision at the time,” Ken claimed. “What he wanted was someone he could totally trust. Diana would have been his best friend. More so than anybody, he missed the advice and love of his mother. She would have been a consoling and supportive influence.”

Ken also remarked upon the possibility of Prince Harry ever returning to the royal fold, stating that he’s “often asked if he’ll be back” and predicting, “I think he will be, in a new format”.

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Since the Sussexes settled in the US they have only been back to the UK a few times, though Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s surprise UK visit just days after the anniversary of Princess Diana’s death has now been announced. Whether or not they’ll ever be back more permanently remains to be seen, though there’ll no doubt be many fans hoping to see them visit more often in the future.  

Emma Shacklock

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