Prince Harry ditches mates as he leaves ‘pre-Meghan world’ behind for good

Prince Harry’s former friends are allegedly giving him a wide berth, not due to the miles between them, but because of his wife Meghan Markle, says Royal commentator Tom Quinn.

Quinn, a Royal author, suggests that Harry’s pals are hesitant to visit the Duke and Duchess at their Montecito residence as “they find Meghan difficult”. Moreover, he implies that Harry is reluctant to rekindle friendships with his military comrades as they symbolise his life before Meghan.

The royal expert revealed: “Harry has a few friends from the army and from his days at school, but they are a part of the old pre-Meghan world that Harry hates to revisit.”

“His military friends feel he has betrayed them by writing about his military service in such an un-military way and his old Etonian friends don’t like the new ‘woke’ Harry. Conservative with both a small and a big C, they see the new Harry as a tree-hugger with whom they have nothing in common.”

Prince Harry's old pals are reportedly avoiding him due to his wife Meghan Markle
Prince Harry’s old pals are reportedly avoiding him due to his wife Meghan Markle

Detractors also contend that Harry’s military mates were “extremely unhappy” with some of the comments he made in his controversial memoir, Spare. Royal commentator Gareth Russell told GB News that Prince Harry had previously faced criticism from the military community, reports the Mirror.

Discussing the British military’s reaction to Prince Harry’s bombshell revelations, he revealed: “There were very clear signs from the military in Britain that they were extremely unhappy with many of the comments made in Spare and on several chat shows. I don’t think there’s any doubt that many in the military felt he had broken a code or broken protocol, and that means a great deal within the British military.”

Despite some folks still holding “a great deal of affection” for the Prince, especially for his work with the Invictus Games, his recent comments have stirred up a right storm. He added: “Even those who have admiration for the Invictus Games have said that they felt the comments in Spare were isolating and inappropriate.”

Meghan is reportedly getting in the way of Harry's long-term friendships
Meghan is reportedly getting in the way of Harry’s long-term friendships

In his tell-all memoirs, Prince Harry dropped the jaw-dropping admission that he took out 25 Taliban fighters while serving in Afghanistan, describing them as “chess pieces taken off the board”. Reflecting on this in his book, he wrote: “It wasn’t a statistic that filled me with pride but nor did it make me ashamed. When I was plunged into the heat and confusion of battle, I didn’t think about those as 25 people.”

Last month saw Harry notably absent from one of his oldest mates’ big day, as Hugh Grosvenor, godfather to Harry’s nipper Archie, tied the knot with Olivia Henson at Chester Cathedral, with the Duke nowhere to be seen.

Hugh Grosvenor tied the knot with his sweetheart Olivia Henson in a swanky ceremony at Chester Cathedral, attended by Prince William but notably missing his brother. Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams expressed a touch of melancholy about the affair, pointing out the absence of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from what he called “the wedding of the year”.

Chatting to the Mirror, he remarked: “To feel you have no choice but to miss the wedding of the year is very sad. However, the deep rift within the Royal Family has ensured that Harry and Meghan were never going to accept an invitation to the wedding of Hugh Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster, godfather to Archie and a close friend of Harry. They knew William would be there, reportedly as one of the ushers.”