Prince Harry Is Reportedly "Overwhelmed With Guilt" About Moving Away from the Royal Family

"Harry’s gone from feeling excited about the move to feeling secretly tortured."

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  • Royals source close to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) say Harry is struggling to adjust to life in Los Angeles.
  • The coronavirus pandemic has reportedly compounded the difficulties of adjusting to life in a new country and those close to Harry say he's missing the royal family (opens in new tab) and worried because he knows that his father, Prince Charles, and grandmother, the Queen, "aren't going to be around forever."
  • Meghan is still optimistic about the move apparently and is assuring Harry that, as life returns to a more "normal," pre-pandemic state, he'll enjoy living in Los Angeles.

Prince Harry (opens in new tab) is reportedly struggling with his new life in Los Angeles.

According to Andy Tillett and Dylan Howard, the authors of Royals At War: The Inside Story of Harry and Meghan’s Shocking Split With the House of Windsor (opens in new tab)adjusting to life in the states (opens in new tab) hasn't been as easy as Harry initially anticipated.

The difficulties Harry is facing with the move seem to be due, in large part, to the coronavirus, which his the U.S. right as Harry and his wife Megan Markle (opens in new tab), were relocating from their temporary home in Canada (opens in new tab) to her home state of California (opens in new tab). Sources close to the royal say the pandemic has reminded Harry that "Charles and the Queen aren't going to be around forever" and he's found it tough to be so far from his family during this time.

"On top of it all, he’s got cabin fever," a source close to Harry said, according to The Sun (opens in new tab), who also reports that Harry is "overwhelmed with guilt" about his move.

"It was far from an ideal situation," the source added. "Harry’s gone from feeling excited about the move to feeling secretly tortured."

Meghan, on the other hand (opens in new tab), is reportedly still optimistic about the move in the longterm.

"She’s assuring [Harry] that once things go back to normal, he’ll love their new life in LA," the source said. "Meghan wants to take him hiking and talks about the local polo club and how much he’ll love surfing."

Whatever they decide to do about their living situation, we just hope the entire Sussex family (and the whole royal family in general, for that matter) find a happy solution.


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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.