The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family. A source close to the Duke, explained to Vanity Fair that the couple decided to quit royal life after Prince Harry had already been thinking about changing his lifestyle.
The Duchess only triggered the reaction that led the couple to finally take the step to announce the news last year.
The insider said: “It came to the point where he wanted a different way of life.
“Meghan was simply the catalyst.”
In an interview with ITN’s Tom Bradby in October 2019, the Duke had already confessed he and Prince William were “on a different path”.
During the ITV documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, Harry explained how the bond between him and the Duke of Cambridge had changed.
He said: “We are brothers. We will always be brothers.
“We are certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him as I know he will always be there for me.
“We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we are so busy but I love him dearly.
“So everything that she [Diana] went through, and what happened to her, is incredibly important every single day, and that is not me being paranoid, that is just me not wanting a repeat of the past.”
However, according to a royal expert, Harry failed to properly prepare Meghan for life with the Royal Family.
Royal commentator Ingrid Seward told Sky News that the Duke was “so full of anger and so anti-media that he directed all his anger at the media”.
However, Ms Seward claimed he could have protected the Duchess’ reputation by “explaining” to her how to gain the trust of the British public.
She said: “I think the one mistake that Meghan made is she didn’t embrace the British people in a way that perhaps if Harry had helped her a little more, she could have done.