As Prince Harry approaches his 39th birthday on September 15, there is a sense of reflection and contentment in the air. The Duke of Suss*x has come a long way since stepping away from his role as a working royal, and he reportedly couldn't be happier with the life he has built alongside his wife, Meghan Markle.
Royal expert Jennie Bond, known for her insightful commentary on the British monarchy, recently shared her perspective on Prince Harry's post-royal life with OK! magazine. She emphasized that birthdays often serve as milestones for introspection, and as Prince Harry enters his fourth decade, he is likely to be genuinely pleased with his accomplishments.
Bond commented, "Birthdays can often be a time to take stock of your life. I think that if Harry does so, as he enters his fortieth year, he will probably be quite pleased with what he has achieved."
Prince Harry's Liberating New Life
The Duke of Suss*x's decision to step away from the royal family allowed him to break free from what Bond described as the "royal straitjacket" that had weighed him down in recent years.
He now enjoys a life that includes his beloved wife Meghan, their two children, and a luxurious lifestyle far removed from the confines of castles and courtiers. "I imagine that he is still pinching himself to make certain that he really has left that world behind," Bond added.
However, alongside his contentment, there exists a complex array of emotions for Prince Harry. His decision to distance himself from his family has come at a price, particularly in his relationships with his father, King Charles, and his brother, Prince William.
Bond acknowledged this aspect of Prince Harry's journey, saying, "But I think he will also acknowledge the regrets he must have about remaining so bitterly estranged from his father and brother." Prince Harry and Meghan had initially sought a compromise, hoping to navigate a half-in, half-out arrangement within the official royal framework.
However, this aspiration was vetoed by the late Queen, resulting in the seemingly unbridgeable rift that has emerged within the royal family. As Prince Harry approaches this significant birthday, he stands at a crossroads, reflecting on the choices that have defined his life since stepping away from the royal spotlight.
While there may be regrets and challenges, there is also a sense of fulfillment in having forged his own path, away from the constraints of tradition and protocol.