Why Prince Harry feels ‘torn’ between the royal family and Meghan Markle

It's been a testing few months for the royal family

 Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex leaves after officially open The Silverstone Experience at Silverstone on March 06, 2020 in Northampton, England
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Prince Harry's recent return to the UK to honor his late mother has only made him feel more "torn" about his loyalties to Meghan Markle and to his family, a royal expert has claimed. 

Prince Harry could feel more "torn" than ever between his two worlds—that of his royal roots back in the UK and his new life with Meghan Markle in the US—after an emotional reunion with Prince William last week.

The Duke of Sussex and the Duke of Cambridge put their differences aside and showed "unity" at the unveiling of a statue installed to commemorate their late mother on what would have been her 60th birthday.

Not only was the event highly-anticipated as it was the first time Prince William and Prince Harry have seen each other since Prince Philip's funeral, it was also incredibly emotionally charged given the subject matter.

In a heartbreaking joint statement, the brothers said, "Every day, we wish she were still with us."

So it's no surprise that royal author, Duncan Larcombe, has suggested Prince Harry will now be questioning his decision to distance himself so much from his family in the wake of stepping down as a senior royal. And his decision to expose the "truth" of his departure in their tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Princess Diana Prince William and Prince Harry

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Duncan told Closer, “Harry and Meghan seem to think they can co-exist in these two worlds—the world of British royals and American celebrity."

"Harry is loving the American life now—but he’s still in the honeymoon phase."

"I think coming back and seeing his brother, especially against the very moving backdrop of a memorial for their mother, will maybe make him question what he’s given it all up for."

With rumors that Prince William and Kate Middleton could make a secret trip to America to have peace talks with the Sussexes and suggestions that their friends are desperate for a truce, it's clear there's a real sense of wanting to move on from the last few months of turmoil.

"I think Harry and Meghan will have to make compromises to make things work with the royals, and even to save their marriage—because there will be a point when he’ll be torn between Meghan’s world and his own family," Duncan explained.

"They need to plan what they say and do moving forward and communicate with the royals, if they want to have a relationship with Harry’s family.”

Georgia Farquharson

Georgia writes across Woman & Home and Good to Know and specialises in all things royal. Previously labelled the "Queen of the royals," Georgia knows the whose who and what's what when it comes to the monarchy. When she's not eagerly following the royal family, Georgia enjoys shopping and self-care. She lives with this motto in mind; "if your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough."