Prince Harry 'radiates sadness' just like Edward VIII after both stepped away from royal duties for love

Prince Harry 'radiates sadness' just like Edward VIII after both stepped away from royal duties for love
Edward VIII and Prince Harry stepped away from their royal duties and were miserable ever since, according to author Hugo Vickers (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images and The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images)

HENLY-ON-THAMES, ENGLAND: Prince Harry seemed to "radiate sadness" just like Edward VIII, after the former decided to step down from his royal duties and shift to California with his wife Meghan Markle, a royal biographer has claimed.

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Hugo Vickers, who authored books about the Duke of Kent and the Queen Mother, claimed both Harry and the Duke of Windsor looked extremely miserable after stepping down from their royal duties.

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For the unversed, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down from their royal duties and moved to California in an alleged attempt to avoid the pressure and public scrutiny associated with the royal family. Similarly, King Edward VIII, who later became the Duke of Windsor, abdicated the throne in 1936 to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. He decided to take this drastic decision after the UK government opposed his relationship with Simpson.

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Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson posing at the Castle of Conde on their wedding day. Monts, 3rd June 1937 (Photo by Mondadori via Getty Images)
Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson posing at the Castle of Conde on their wedding day on June 3, 1937 (Photo by Mondadori via Getty Images)

Edward never regretted the decision of abdicating the throne. However, Vickers believed that he had "never seen anyone with such sad eyes" as the former monarch. He said that Edward "took the path of perceived happiness" by marrying his love but in reality "it's duty that makes you happy." "I think the reason the Queen always had such sparkling eyes was because she dedicated herself to duty," Vickers said, addressing the public at the Henley Literary Festival, The Times reported.

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 03: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend a National Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II at St Paul's Cathedral on June 3, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend a National Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II at St Paul's Cathedral on June 3 in London, England (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

'"f you woke him up at 4 am and asked if he had any regrets he would have said no. But if you want to know what he really thought, look at his eyes," the author said. He also alleged that Harry looked miserable ever since Megxit. "As for the Duke of Sussex, who knows what's going to happen to him? I think he looks thoroughly miserable," he stated.

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The author also gave his view of King Charles' ambition of slimming down the royal family. "I don’t know how you can have a slimmed-down monarchy because people do want to see them. The Queen and Prince Philip had about 2,000 organizations between them. You’ve lost Prince Andrew and Prince Harry. Who’s going to do it?" he said.


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The author made these claimes a day after Buckingham Palace released the first portrait of the new sovereign with his son and heir. The picture shared by the royal officials captured Charles, his wife Queen Consort Camilla standing with Prince Williams and his wife Kate Middleton, the new Prince and Princess of Wales. The portrait undoubtedly became the talk of the town for various reasons, especially due to the absence of Harry.

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