Princess Diana would have made Prince Harry’s exit from royal family pan out differently if she was alive today, her close friend claims

Princess Diana would have stopped Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from doing the Oprah interview, her friend thinks

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Princess Diana would have stopped Prince Harry from speaking to Oprah Winfrey with Meghan Markle, if she was still alive today, her close friend Dr James Colthurst has claimed.

James believes that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's departure from the royal family would have panned out differently if Prince Harry's mother was still around to guide him. 

He has explained that he feels as though the late Princess of Wales would have stopped the explosive fall out between Prince Harry and his close family members. 

Speaking to Radio Times, James said, "I’m not sure he would have got to the interview stage.

"I believe she might have cautioned him beforehand to solve things in some other way."

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It's thought that Prince Harry's rift with his father, Prince Charles, and his brother, Prince William, worsened following the release of the globally-watched interview, during which Harry said he sees the two of them as "trapped within the system" of the monarchy.

The sit down Oprah chat also saw Meghan share details of her experience within the royal spotlight, with the Duchess admitting that she felt suicidal during her time in royal fold. 

She also claimed that an unnamed member of The Firm had "expressed concern" about "how dark" her and Harry's son Archie's skin would be, before he was born. 

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Prince Harry also admitted that he and his brother are on "different paths" despite once having a close relationship. 

Following the birth of Harry and Meghan's daughter Lilibet Diana this month, it was recently confirmed by Kate Middleton that she and William are yet to meet their new niece via video call. 

When asked about Lilibet last week, Kate said, "I wish her all the very best. I can’t wait to meet her because we haven’t met her yet, so hopefully that will be soon."

Caitlin Elliott
Caitlin Elliott

Caitlin is Junior News Editor for woman&home, covering all things royal, celeb, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. 

Having set her sights on becoming a magazine journalist when she was a child, Caitlin took on work experience stints at local papers and titles such as Cosmopolitan, Now, Reveal and Take a Break while studying for her Multimedia Journalism degree and has interviews with celebs, reality stars and the Archbishop of Canterbury under her belt (of course, she couldn't resist asking him about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry). 

After leaving uni, she dabbled in fashion PR as a Press Assistant for Arcadia's Topshop before becoming a part of the Now team at Future for her first real job in the world of online journalism, joining the ranks as a Digital Writer in 2019. 

Caitlin went on to add the likes of Woman, GoodtoKnow, WhatToWatch and woman&home to her writing repertoire before moving on to her current role. 

When she's not working you'll find Caitlin sipping bubbles at brunch with her besties, thinking about her next iced coffee, trying to close the rings on her Apple Watch, scrubbing up on her royal family knowledge or scrolling through the Zara app, trying to resist tapping 'check out' again.