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Prince Harry feels 'rudderless' in LA, has no 'structure to his life' without friends or a job: Source

The Sussexes are trying to make new beginnings in the US, but unlike Meghan, Harry doesn't have the crutch of friends and a job in the new setting
UPDATED MAY 13, 2020
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The transition from living in a palace in England to settling down with his wife and son in a mansion in California has not been a smooth one for Harry as he reportedly feels "rudderless" and is "missing having a structure to his life."

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been living in an $18 million mansion in Los Angeles since March, after flying into the US from Canada before the latter country closed down due to the coronavirus pandemic. A source told Vanity Fair that while the former prince has been keeping "very busy keeping in touch with friends and colleagues" in the UK via video calls, he feels lost at this point in his life because he does not have a job.   

Although he did not particularly have a "job" back at home, his life did revolve around the royal engagements that were scheduled for him on a daily basis and he got to represent the Queen in public. After deciding to step down as a senior member of the royal family, he not only lost that "job," he was also stripped of his military appointments. He had to give up his roles as Captain-General of the Royal Marines and Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington.

As a result, Harry now yearns for the friends he had in the military community in the UK.

"This is a very strange time for us all, but I think Harry is missing having a structure to his life right now. He doesn’t have friends in L.A. like Meghan and he doesn’t have a job," the insider added.

The fact that he is successfully working toward "keeping up regular communication" with the organizations and patronages he has worked with in the past has not helped with his mental state as well as he would have liked but the father-of-one knows that the state that he is in right now will not continue forever. "At the moment he’s a bit rudderless, but it won’t always be like this, and he knows that," the source said.

A remembrance poppy adorns the uniform of Prince Harry as he joins British troops and service personal remaining in Afghanistan and also International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) personnel and civilians as they gather for a Remembrance Sunday service at Kandahar Airfield November 9, 2014 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. (Getty Images)

We reported earlier that Harry reportedly told his friends that he misses the army and "cannot believe" how much his life has been "turned upside down."

"Harry has told friends he is really missing the Army as well his military appointments. He misses the camaraderie of being in the forces. He has been telling friends he still can't believe this has happened. He was in a happy place when he was serving in the Army, then he met Meghan and since then life has been great. But I don't think he foresaw things turning out quite as they did," the source revealed. 

The Duke of Sussex is also of the opinion that he would have been "better protected" from all the turmoil and chaos had he still been in the army. "There is just a sense that he might have been better protected if he was still in the Army," the insider added.

Harry still retains the rank of major in the British military, where he was affectionately known as "Captain Wales," and has insisted that he would "continue his unwavering support to the military community in a non-official capacity."