The decision to strip Prince Harry and Meghan Markle of their HRH titles when they stepped down as senior working royals in 2020 is likely to have “backfired” on King Charles, fueling their resolve to continue speaking out about the Royal Family and firing potshots from all angles.
The initial thought process was undoubtedly to preserve the monarchy when the couple stepped away from royal life and relocated abroad; but, one critic believes the decision has proven to be a double-edged sword in the long run.
According to news.com.au, the Sunday Times royal editor stated, “If the past three years have shown anything since the Sussexes stepped down from royal duties, it is that banning them from using their HRH titles has only emboldened them to take on all the battles that royal life once prevented them from entering.”
The outlet also reported that Harry has been on a “truth-telling” binge in recent months, with the release of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Netflix docuseries in December and Harry’s memoir Spare the following month.
Harry targeted numerous members of the Royal Family in his book, which promised “raw and unflinching honesty.”
Prince William was one of the royals who suffered greatly as a result of his 38-year-old brother’s assertions.
In one segment, Harry remembers a physical altercation with his brother in 2019.
“William grabbed me by the collar, ripping my necklace, and knocked me to the floor,” wrote the Duke of Sussex.
“I landed on the dog bowl, which cracked under my back, the pieces cutting into me. “I lay there for a moment, dazed, then got to my feet and told him to get out.”
Harry also mentioned the “red mist” that washed over William at the time during an ITV interview for the promotion of his memoir.
“What was different here was the level of frustration,” the Duke told ITV’s Tom Bradby. “I talk about the red mist that I had for so many years, and I saw this red mist in him.”
Harry claimed that following the physical conflict, William, who he claimed had urged him to fight back, felt regretful and apologized.