According to a royal expert, the Duke of Sussex has tried to create a new persona in a bid to put some distance between him and being the ‘heir’ to the Duke of Edinburgh, who was known for his cheeky gaffes and one-liners.
Thomas Mace-Archer Mills, founder of the British Monarchists Society, told the Daily Star: “The Duke of Sussex has chosen to ignore and forget his less than favourable gaffes by burying them under several layers of political correctness and woke cushioning, in a hope that his newly created persona will distance him from any wrongdoing or offence he caused when his gaffes were knowingly made.”
Mr Mace-Archer Mills added how there is “nothing funny” about Harry anymore and the Duke, unlike his grandfather, is now unable to use humour in his favour.
He said “not only have times changed, so has Prince Harry”.
The royal expert went on to say how the royal used to be a “lad’s lad” but claimed the once “happy go lucky chap” is nowhere to be seen since stepping down from the Royal Family.
Following Prince Philip’s death last month, Harry paid tribute to his grandfather and said he was the “master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right ’til the end”.
However, Mr Mace-Archer Mills said Philip’s passing was the end of Windsor’s “great gaffes”.
He said: “If there were any aspirations on the part of Harry to be the heir to Philip’s ‘legend of banter’, then those very aspirations are sadly misconstrued, misunderstood and misguided – a failure.
“With the passing of Prince Philip, so went the last of the Windsor’s great gaffes.”
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But Mr Mace-Archer Mills said the previously “relatable and fun” Harry is now a “partisan, divisive, talking head that chastises and lectures his home nation and belittles his family”.
Meghan and Harry shocked the world when they announced they were stepping down as members of the Royal Family.
Since stepping away, the couple have made several explosive comments about their time within the Firm.
During the bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, the Duke and Duchess also accused an unnamed royal, not the Queen or her late husband Prince Philip, of voicing concerns about how dark their son Archie’s skin tone would be before he was born.
Meghan also told the chat show host she asked for help when she was suicidal but claimed the Royal Family gave her no support.
Last week, Harry also told the Armchair Expert podcast how he does not want to pass on pain from his own experience to his son and future daughter.
Harry said: “I don’t think we should be pointing the finger or blaming anybody, but certainly when it comes to parenting, if I’ve experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents had suffered, I’m going to make sure I break that cycle so that I don’t pass it on, basically.
“It’s a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on anyway so we as parents should be doing the most we can to try and say, ‘You know what, that happened to me, I’m going to make sure that doesn’t happen to you.'”
Since stepping down, the couple have signed multi-million dollar deals with Spotify and Netflix.