Prince Harry had been “struggling to find himself” before he turned his life around and met Meghan Markle, a royal biographer has claimed.
The prince and his now-wife Meghan began dating after being introduced by a mutual friend in 2016.
The couple eventually married in lavish fashion with a royal ceremony in May 2018, before stepping down from royal duties and moving to the US in March last year.
Now, reflecting on the Duke of Sussex’s life before he met the former Suits actress, royal biographer Andrew Morton has suggested that Meghan might not have fallen for Harry had she met him during his reportedly wild lifestyle two years earlier.
“I think even when she fell for Harry she insisted that he went for counselling for the anger issues that he had,” Andrew explained, interviewed on Podcast Royal.
“And two, or three years before that, he was a very angry young man. He was taking on the world, he was taking on paparazzi photographers particularly.
“He was stumbling out of bars dishevelled and the worse for wear for drink, and he didn’t seem to have a compass, he didn’t know which way to turn.
“And at that time, he was struggling to find himself, struggling with the loss of his mother, and as a young man he wasn’t always the popular Harry of popular imagination.”
In his earlier years, Harry had his fair share of controversial moments, and was embroiled in scandals including one event where the prince was photographed wearing a Nazi uniform to a costume party.
“He was described with some fairly pejorative terms for some of his behaviour. For example, we all remember Las Vegas when he stripped naked in front of a group of strangers. By any standards, prince or not, that’s pretty out there behaviour,” Andrew continued.
“And he said himself, he was too much army, not enough prince."
Andrew also acknowledged the role that Harry's founding of the Invictus Games, a sporting event for wounded, injured and sick service personnel, had on stabilising his life just before meeting Meghan.
“So Meghan, as she says herself, her favourite word is ‘classy’, and Harry wasn’t particularly classy three or four years beforehand.
“He’d cleaned up his act, he’d got involved in the Invictus Games, he’d found his cause in life, and he stuck to that, helping disabled mentally injured soldiers and servicewomen to find themselves. And I think that was something that helped him find himself as well.”
Since dropping his royal responsibilities, Harry has set up his charitable Archewell foundation with Meghan, signing deals with Netflix and Spotify and adopting a celebrity lifestyle.
Representatives for the Duke of Sussex have been approached for comment.
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