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Prince Harry: From crown jewel to royal outcast

Charlie Proctor offers his thoughts on Prince Harry’s fall from grace, ten years on from a 2014 article praising his dedication to work and duty.

As I was settling down for breakfast one day last week, I decided it would be fun to take a dive into Royal Central’s archives, with one article immediately catching my eye.

The piece was entitled ‘’The year that made The Prince’ – a 500 word tribute to Prince Harry, eulogising him as being the crown jewel in the British Royal Family.

Published in 2014, the article states that no royal follower can deny “his ability and dedication as a full-time royal.”

Could this really be the same Prince Harry, I wondered, before scoffing down my eggs and bacon?

His greatest achievement of all was the creation of the Invictus Games – the sporting championship for injured servicemen and women. The launch was a triumph! Invictus looked likely to become Harry’s flagship project, an event that would only continue to grow and inspire.

What on earth happened?

Fast forward ten years, the man who was once seen as the future of the Royal Family is now living in effective exile in California and all of his own making.

I will never forget the scenes in Nottingham back in 2017, when Harry & Meghan conducted their first ever official joint engagement. The scenes were of jubilation, with people filling the city’s streets to try and get a glimpse of the couple. Many of the well-wishers were entirely new to the world of royal watching, being drawn in by the new royal couple.

The future was bright and rosy – Harry & Meghan were destined to be one of the The Royal Family’s greatest assets.

The wheels first began to come off in early 2017 during an interview with Newsweek, in which he said that nobody actually wants to become the king of queen.

To quote the prince verbatim, he said: “We are involved in modernising the British monarchy. We are not doing this for ourselves but for the greater good of the people,” he said.

“Is there any one of the royal family who wants to be king or queen? I don’t think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time.”

Unfortunately for Prince Harry, just a couple of years later, he decided that his duties belonged to Netflix, leaving The Royal Family without the young blood is so desperately needs.

The notion that he and Meghan might return to royal duties on a ‘part time’ basis is absolute nonsense. Whilst life in California might be becoming rather boring, Harry has made his decision, only cementing it with his silly book last year.

Returning to the 2014 article, Royal Central ends the piece by saying: “One can only presume that his work and dedication to causes will continue.”

Pfft… everybody makes mistakes, even this website.