Meghan Markle set ‘tortured’ Prince Harry free from royal life, claims expert
Meghan Markle is the woman who "set Prince Harry free" from the Royal Family, an expert has said.
Harry and his wife Meghan Markle announced on January 8 last year that they would step back from senior positions within the Firm following talks at Sandringham with Prince Charles, Prince William, and the Queen.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have since relocated with their son, Archie, to California, where they have since been joined by newborn daughter Lilibet.
During his bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year, the Duke told about how he had "felt trapped" until he met Meghan.
And now a journalist who covered the Sussex's 2018 visit to Oceania has said Meghan helped the Duke step away from his senior position within the royal family, the Express reports.
Journalist James Longman followed the couple closely and joined them for their 16-day visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand in 2018.
He said he believes Meghan was the catalyst for Harry's exit from the Firm.
Mr Longman suggested Harry was "angry" during the royal visit, and suggested he was in "agony" as a full-time member of the Firm.
He then added: "For me, maybe, Meghan is the woman that set Harry free."
Speaking on ABC’s documentary, 'Royal Divide: Harry, Meghan, and The Crown', Mr Longman added cracks were already showing for the Sussex royals and the rest of the monarchy.
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He said: "We saw it when we were on the royal tour with them around Australia.
"Harry was not his usual self, he wasn’t chatty, he wasn’t calm and relaxed, he was kind of angry."
The Duke later admitted that the Australia trip had not helped ease tensions with the Palace due to comparisons between Meghan and his late mother Princess Diana.
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In March, Harry told Oprah Winfrey on CBS' 'Oprah with Meghan and Harry' that some of the Australian media’s coverage of the Duchess – who was pregnant – may have led to her feeling shunned by some members of the Royal Family.
The Duke added that while the Royal Family had been welcoming towards Meghan at first, "it really changed after the Australia tour".
He then said: "I just wish that we would all learn from the past."
The 30,000-mile trip was compared to Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ royal tour of Australia and neighbouring countries in 1983, during which they met hundreds of well-wishers and foreign dignitaries.
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