The Duke of Sussex had a long-held fear that his time would run out and once Prince George By 18 he would become irrelevant, a source has claimed. They said, “He had this thing that he had a shelf life. He was fixed [on] This. He would compare himself to his uncle [Prince Andrew]. He would say, “I have this time to make this impact. Because I can’.”
The source told The Times that after Prince George turned 18, Harry believed: “‘Then I’ll be the follower.’ He was really thinking, ‘I have this platform for a limited time now go forward, go forward’.”
According to the same source, Harry’s associates assured him that he was a very different person from his uncle Prince Andrew. The Times reports they told him, “You can make a difference in your 40s, 50s, even longer. As long as you lay the right foundations now.”
However, the source claimed Harry never saw it that way. The Duke of Sussex was asked for comment. The claims appear in Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown by Valentine Low, due for publication by Headline Books on October 6.
The claims come amid speculation as to whether Harry and his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussexcould be returned to the bosom of the royal family.
Harry said in an announcement about the book: “I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I have learned throughout my life and look forward to people reading a first-hand account of my life, which is accurate and absolutely truthful.”
He said he plans to write the book not as the prince he was born, but as the man he has become.
Last week, Harry sat behind his father, King Charles III, at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral. The seating arrangement has been called a snub by some, however Royal commentators have claimed it was a move to signal King Charles III’s bond with his youngest son.
Christina Garibaldi and Christine Ross, hosts of the Royally Us podcast, argued the new monarch wanted his son “close”.
Ms Garibaldi said: “A lot of people said it was a snub to have him [Harry] behind King Charles in Westminster Abbey. A lot of people also said that he didn’t sing “God Save The King”. There’s always that kind of speculation.”
Ms Ross added: “I actually think Prince Harry, standing right behind his father, kept her quite close. In the first row were the Queen’s children, who were in great sorrow – that was their mother.
“And I actually think that Harry’s standing behind his father was actually a consolation to King Charles.”
The hosts also spoke to royal historian and commentator Gareth Russell, who argued Harry and Meghan were given a “place of honor” at the state funeral. He said, “That’s the etiquette. If you know what etiquette is, it actually holds pride of place. Standing behind the king is actually a sign of favor.”
In 2020, Harry spoke of his sadness at being forced to give up his royal duties in a deal with Queen Elizabeth II and senior members of the royal family, saying there was no other option if he and Meghan were to pursue an independent future .
An announcement followed that the Sussexes would no longer be working members of the monarchy, would no longer use their royal titles and would pay for their own way of life.
The agreement ended a crisis the couple unleashed when they announced they were reducing official commitments and spending more time in North America while remaining active royals.
Harry said at the time: “Our hope was to continue to serve the Queen, the Commonwealth and my military associations without public funding. Unfortunately that was not possible.”
He added: “I accepted that because I knew it doesn’t change who I am or how committed I am. But I hope this helps you understand what it was like to step away from everything I’ve ever known and take a step forward into a life that I hope can be more peaceful.”
Since stepping down from royal duties, Harry has spoken at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to mark International Nelson Mandela Day and has made public appearances for the Invictus Games.
Meghan and Harry have also inked a documentary deal with streaming giant Netflix.