Prince Harry Has Reportedly Suffered a Lot Because of Judgment over Royal Exit, Friend Says

Prince Harry went through a tough time after his very public split from the Royal family and reportedly suffered a lot, a close friend reveals.

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made known their intention to split from the Royal family, critics saw it as a thoughtless and insensitive decision. But Nacho Figueras has a contrary opinion; he said,

"[Harry] has suffered a lot from all of the things that have happened to him. He suffers a lot from people judging him."

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, posing for the photographers at the Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace following their engagement | Photo: Getty Images

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, posing for the photographers at the Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace following their engagement | Photo: Getty Images

Figueras made the statement in a new special by ABC titled "Royal Divide: Harry, Meghan, and the Crown." Explaining the Prince's reason for quitting Royal life, he added,

"He is being a father… a guy who is trying to protect his cub and his lioness from whatever it takes."

The polo player and Harry have known each other for years and share a close relationship. He described the dad-of-one as someone who has become an incredible man, a man Princess Diana would be proud of.

The late People's Princess left the Royal life before her tragic death in the late '90s. However, unlike her son and his wife, she left after her marriage to Prince Charles ended in a very public divorce.

While Prince Harry and Markle's decision seems like a colossal step away from Royal traditions, they are not the only one who has broken protocol.

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Having attended the 10th Annual One Young World opening ceremony on Tuesday, The Duchess of Sussex was joined today by The Duke of Sussex for a round table discussion on gender equity with OYW and Queen’s Commonwealth Trust young leaders. Over the last few days, these young leaders became @OneYoungWorld ambassadors with the intention to return to their communities and further existing initiatives to help change the world for the better. This year OYW partnered with the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, of which The Duke and Duchess are President and Vice-President respectively, to provide scholarships to young leaders driving positive social impact in the Commonwealth. This was the most exciting collaboration between two groups The Duchess is passionate about and has been working with for some time. For more information and highlights from the week and how you can support these incredible leaders and their initiatives, visit @OneYoungWorld Photo © SussexRoyal / PA

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Prince Harry and Markle stepped away from life as Royals in a quest to live a quieter life. The couple has often expressed their displeasure on the scrutiny that comes with living in service to the Crown.

The parents-of-one stayed for as long as they could, and have the Queen's blessing to start over. The two are happily living their new life with their son Archie in Canada, and a source told Closer Weekly,

"Meghan doesn't miss anything about being in the Royal family. Not in a horrible way, but she just doesn't."

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a visit to Johannesburg, South Africa on October 2, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a visit to Johannesburg, South Africa on October 2, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

The source added the former actress is 100% happy. Harry is confident they made the right decision, but he also has home pangs that being with his wife and son help to ease.

With the two leaving their duties behind, other Royals would have to step up. Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie are the most likely candidates, but they would have to be willing.

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This evening, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended #TheLionKing European premiere in London at the Odeon Theatre. In celebration of the film’s release, The Walt Disney Company announced #ProtectThePride, a global conservation campaign to support efforts protecting the rapidly diminishing lion population across Africa. As a part of their commitment to this cause, Disney also made a donation to The Duke of Sussex’s upcoming environment & community initiative which will be formally announced this autumn. The Duke and Duchess are committed to advancing conservation efforts across Africa and around the world, and working with communities to ensure a sustainable future for the planet. This evening Their Royal Highnesses had the pleasure of meeting the cast and creative team behind the film, as well as supporters of @africanparksnetwork, of which The Duke is President. Photo credit: PA images / Getty images - Chris Jackson

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Interestingly, while Prince Harry and Markle's decision seems like a colossal step away from Royal traditions, they are not the only one who has broken protocol. The Queen has on several occasions. 

Her Majesty broke the status quo when she invited the mom-of-one to Christmas dinner before she and Harry got married. The monarch has a lot of affection for her grandson, and she's happy if he is happy.

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