Prince Harry wanted to marry 'every girl he fell in love with,’ says expert: 'He wore his heart on his sleeve'
Royal biographer Ingrid Seward said William was 'strictly off-limits to the media' while attending university, but Harry had to 'run the gauntlet of the intense public interest his love life generated'
Prince Harry and Prince William were complete opposites to each other when it came to dating and romantic relationships. They also had quite different experiences while growing up and as a result, Harry had to face more difficulties when it came to dating. Royal biographer Ingrid Seward told the Sun the Duke of Cambridge was “strictly off-limits to the media” while attending university, but his younger brother had to “run the gauntlet of the intense public interest his love life generated.” “In a way, Harry was the opposite of his brother,” Seward remarked.
“He wore his heart on his sleeve and wanted to marry almost every girl he fell in love with, while William was more concerned about being able to give commitment,” the biographer noted while adding, “Once he had finally decided, the first person he told was Harry. His brother was impressed by William’s romantic plan to propose to Kate in a remote lodge in Kenya, East Africa, accessible only by helicopter. Being Harry, he had to make a joke of it and suggested that with the bottle of Champagne on hand for when she said yes, he should also have a bottle of brandy in case she said no.”
As per reports, when William was attending St Andrews University, the media adhered to the palace’s request to respect his privacy. During his college days only, William and Kate met each other and fell in love. But in his best man’s speech at his brother's wedding in April 2011, Harry said, “William didn’t have a romantic bone in his body before he met Kate, so I knew it was serious when he started cooing down the phone.”
Dr Brian Lang, former vice-chancellor at the university, said, “We gave them four years in which they could find themselves and find one another. Four years in which they could get to know one another, free of intrusion, glare and publicity.” But in Harry’s case, he did not have the luxury to enjoy the same privacy as his elder brother, which used to make him quite angry. “When he took girls out, he was so paranoid about being seen that he would make them sit in the back of the Range Rover under a blanket en route to the restaurant. Once there, if there were any photographers lurking outside the car he would go back to Kensington Palace. The girls then had a takeaway pizza,” Seward added.
The media intrusion was so much at the time of the Duke of Sussex that his ex, Chelsy Davy, told the Times she “couldn’t cope” with the scrutiny. Another ex-love interest of Harry, Cressida Bonas, reportedly faced the same issue. Seward stated Cressida “just couldn’t take it. She just thought ‘why are they getting at me’.”
However, when it came to Meghan Markle, Harry did not take much time to decide his future with her. The 36-year-old had earlier said that he knew she was “special” from the second date. The father-of-one told James Corden about the relationship earlier this year, “We went from zero to 60 in the first two months. Rather than going to friends' houses or out for dinner where there were other distractions [we had] no distractions. It was great.”