Prince Harry Claimed He Was Denied Chance to Heal the Royal Family Rift Ever Since Childhood

Published 06/23/2024, 10:45 PM EDT

The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, has long struggled with his family dynamics, with tensions simmering beneath the surface since his childhood. Contrary to popular belief, the rift did not begin with the arrival of his wife, Meghan Markle, but has its roots in his early years. The Prince, in return, has never let go of any chance to reveal the behind-the-doors darkness that prevailed in the royal family, contrary to the glamour and extravaganza that blinds the public eye. 

In his tell-all bombshell memoir Spare in 2023, the Prince claimed that alone behaving normally with kids, the stringent family did not even allow them to fix it on their own. 

Prince Harry could never bridge the chasm between his royal relative

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The Duke of Sussex revealed in his memoir, Spare, that he could "never cross that chasm" and be close to his family, despite his efforts (via The Mirror). He shared that he was denied physical affection as a child, stating that even while walking a crowd, he was made to keep a distance between himself and Them. This distance, he noted, was "an essential bit of being royal" and extended to family relationships, creating an emotional rift between monarch and child, or "Heir and Spare."

Prince Harry also disclosed that his brother, Prince William, would often ask him for space, and the older generation of the Royal Family maintained a strict prohibition on physical contact. The Duke of Sussex lamented the lack of emotional closeness within the family, highlighting the rigid boundaries that prioritized royal protocol over personal connections. 

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While this was one slew of a revelation made by the Duke, this was not the only one in his memoir. 

Revelations by Prince Harry that did not 'Spare' the royal family

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The Duke of Sussex's grievances extend to the additional inequality he faced as the Spare heir. He revealed in his memoir that he was treated as "Plan B", a shadow to be called upon only if something happened to the heir, Prince William. This secondary status further widened the emotional chasm within the royal family, with Prince Harry feeling perpetually undervalued and overlooked.

Despite Prince Harry's repeated attempts to address these issues, the royal family failed to bridge the gap, leading to a complete breakdown in relations. The situation ultimately culminated in the Duke giving up his royal duties and relocating to the USA with his wife, Meghan Markle, and their children. This drastic step marked one of the greatest highlights of 2020 and a poignant end to Prince Harry's struggles to belong to the royal family.

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