As an expectant father awaiting the arrival of his first child with his new wife, you’d expect Prince Harry to be “over the moon,” as they say. But those in his inner circle say he’s not been himself over the past few months, describing him as “moody” and “brooding.” The reason for his attitude? Nagging concerns over the safety of Meghan Markle.
“The prince has been quite concerned for Meghan’s safety and there is talk that’s gotten to be something of an obsession with him,” a royal insider tells Best Life‘s Diane Clehane, adding, “He’s also been a bit short with the people around the couple and taken charge in a way he hadn’t done before.”
Clehane, who has authored several books on the royal family, points to recent photos of Markle and Harry, where Harry is seen looking more like a bodyguard than husband. “He looks rather grim when he’s not posing for the camera,” said the insider. “All of this seems to have taken quite a toll on him.”
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All of this at a time when Meghan’s protection officer resigned. “The Duchess felt the officer’s presence was hugely constraining while Harry wants Meghan to be looked after every minute. All of that is adding to the prince’s ill humor,” said the source.
Friends point to the fact that Harry has said he felt powerless that he had been unable to protect Princess Diana from the aggressive media attention she dealt with and which he believes ultimately led to her death. He now worries constantly that Meghan could suffer the same “mistreatment by the media.”
Clehane reports that this is the main reason why Harry is moving his family out of Kensington and into Frogmore Cottage — to raise his family away from the glare of the media. One royal insider tells Clehane that Harry “has to come to terms with the fact that he is part of the royal machine and the son of the most famous woman who ever lived. He is now married to a woman the entire world wants to get to know. It has been quite difficult for him, more difficult than people outside the royal family can ever understand.”