They delivered the picture-perfect vision of sibling unity – but the reality of Prince Harry’s single days hanging out with Prince William and Kate Middleton at official royal engagements was reportedly quite different.
Harry felt like a third wheel – and even like “a gooseberry” – when he carried out official engagements alongside his brother and sister-in-law, according to one royal expert.
“Harry felt very much like a spare wheel,” Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight, citing excerpts she has read from the upcoming tell-all biography, Finding Freedom: Harry And Meghan And The Making Of A Modern Royal Family.
The book says Harry was unhappy for some time, Nicholl said.
“One of the themes that seems to be recurrent in Finding Freedom is that Harry felt very much like a spare wheel,” Nicholl told ET.
“While the media loved this idea of a royal threesome, for Harry, he very much felt like a spare wheel.
“At points, I even heard him complaining that he felt like the gooseberry, the third one along at the date. He never quite fitted in.”
Meghan Markle changed all that, Nicholl said, again citing the biography.
“I think that while Kate and William went out of their way to make sure Harry felt like a part of this team, this trio, Harry always wanted to be his own person,” she told the outlet.
“I think Meghan has very much been the catalyst in giving him that confidence to break free from William and Kate, and to break free from that trio dynamic, which was at times cosy and convenient, but actually wasn’t really what he wanted.”
While Meghan has been widely blamed as the catalyst for the couple stepping down from their role as royals and decamping to Los Angeles, “Harry was very much the driving force” behind “Megxit,” she said.
“She gave him new confidence, but I think the truth is that, for a long while, Prince Harry has wanted out.”
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