Prince Harry reveals how Princess Diana would've reacted to his exit from the firm

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak to Oprah Winfrey.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak to Oprah Winfrey.
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  • Prince Harry says he thinks Princess Diana would have been "very angry" and "very sad" about the way things turned out for him.
  • Harry spoke candidly with Oprah during his tell-all alongside Meghan Markle, adding that he felt "really let down" by his father, Prince Charles.
  • Throughout the process of the couple's exit, however, he says he felt his mother's presence. "All she'd ever want is for us to be happy," he says.

Prince Harry spoke candidly about his decision to protect his family and exit the firm in January 2020 during his tell-all with Oprah Winfrey.

Harry sat down with the talk show host for Oprah with Meghan and Harry alongside his wife. The special aired in the US on Sunday, and will be broadcast on M-Net (DStv 101) on Monday, 8 March at 19:30.

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During the interview, Harry said: "My biggest concern was history repeating itself, and I've said that before on numerous occasions, very publicly. And what I was seeing was history repeating itself, but more, perhaps, more definitely, far more dangerous, because then you add race in, and you add social media, and when I'm talking about history repeating itself, I'm talking about my mother."

Oprah asked Harry how he thinks his late mother would feel about the drama surrounding the couple and the royal family, to which he responded: "I think she would feel very angry with how this has panned out, and very sad. But ultimately, all she'd ever want is for us to be happy."

He later added: "I think she saw it coming. And I certainly felt her presence throughout this whole process. I'm just really relieved and happy to be sitting here talking to you with my wife by my side. Because I can't begin to imagine what it must have been like for her going through this process by herself all those years ago, because it's been unbelievably tough for the two of us, but at least we had each other."

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Oprah Winfrey
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak to Oprah Winfrey.

As for the other members of the royal family, Harry said he felt "really let down" by his father, though their relationship seems to be on the mend, while he loves William to "bits".

"I've spoken more to my grandmother in the last year than I have done for many, many years," he added. "My grandmother and I have a really good relationship. And an understanding. And I have a deep respect for her. She's my colonel in chief, right? She always will be."  

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