Princess Diana is third wheel in Meghan Markle and Prince Harrys marriage, expert says
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Princess Diana is the “third wheel” in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's marriage, a royal author claims.
Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Andrew Morton described how the couple, who married in 2018, are constantly reminded of the “terrible fate” Diana was subject to.
He say “all roads lead back to Diana” as a result, with the late Princess of Wales shaping their relationship and life in the limelight.
The royal expert and author of Diana: In Her Own Words said: “The tragic manner of her death has not only coloured Harry's relationship with his family, and the wider public, it has shaped the couple's world view.”
From Harry using small diamonds from Diana’s jewellery collection in Meghan’s engagement ring, to celebrating his engagement in 2017 by saying the pair would have been “thick as thieves”, Diana’s legacy is always present.
More recently, during their trip to New York, Harry and Meghan stayed in the glitzy five-star hotel The Carlyle – renowned as being Princess Diana’s hotel of choice whenever she visited the city.
“As the Sussexes embarked on their own journey together through royal life, not a day went by without a reference, a memory or a decision that related in some way to Harry's late mother. Diana was the third wheel in their marriage,” Mr Morton remarked.
After being watched by millions of viewers across the globe as he walked behind his mother’s coffin at the age of 12, Harry has been extremely open in recent years about how grieving in the public eye has negatively impacted him.
During a 10-day tour of Africa in 2019, he described his grief for his mother as a “wound that festers” and that every click and flash of a camera left him with the “worst reminder of her life as opposed to the best”.
Ahead of the trip to Africa, Prince Harry even issued a statement in which he criticised the tabloid press for their “ruthless campaign” against his wife.
“My deepest fear is history repeating itself. I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person,” he wrote.
Mr Morton, who has also written a biography on the Duchess of Sussex, says Diana has not only had an impact on Harry – but Meghan, too.
that the Princess of Wales’ commitment to humanitarian causes has left Meghan wanting to be “Princess Diana 2.0”.
After being left in tears at the age of 16 over Diana's death, Meghan and her friends took inspiration from the princess's selflessness and began collecting clothes and toys for children in need.
One friend says Meghan aspired to be "Princess Diana 2.0".
“[Meghan] came to realise, as Diana had done, that everything was not as it seemed in this looking-glass world,” Mr Morton said.
“A generation later, Meghan's observations of life in the royal goldfish bowl were an uncanny echo of her late mother- in-law.”
The couple now live in California with their 2-year-old son Archie, and four-month-old daughter Lilibet.
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