Prince Harry says Diana would be sad and angry that he and Meghan Markle stepped back from royal life

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Prince Harry says Diana would be sad and angry that he and Meghan Markle stepped back from royal life
Prince Harry during his interview with Oprah Winfrey, and Princess Diana in 1985.CBS/Getty/Tim Graham
  • Prince Harry thinks Princess Diana would feel "sad" about him leaving the royal family.
  • Harry was speaking alongside wife Meghan Markle in their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
  • He thinks Diana would be "very angry with how this has panned out."

Prince Harry thinks his mother, the late Princess Diana, would feel "angry" and "sad" about his decision to step back from life in the royal family.

The Duke of Sussex made the comment in his and Meghan Markle's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired on Sunday night on CBS in the US.

Meghan and Harry announced their intention to step back from the royal family in January 2020 and have been living in California since March 2020.

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Harry told the talk show host he believes that although his mother, who died in 1997 when the prince was 12 years old, might be upset about their decision, her main concern would be that they are happy.

"What would you think your mom would say about this stepping back, this decision to step back from the royal family? How would she feel about this moment?" Winfrey asked Harry.

He replied: "I think she would feel very angry with how this has panned out, and very sad. But, ultimately, all she'd ever want is for us to be happy."

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The two-hour interview saw the couple tell Winfrey a series of bombshells about their time in the royal family, including that Markle had suicidal thoughts and someone in the royal family raised "concerns" about how dark their baby Archie's skin would be before he was born.

Markle told Winfrey that when she was struggling with her mental health after marrying Harry and didn't know who to turn to, one of the people she contacted was a close friend of Diana.

"One of the people that I reached out to, who's continued to be a friend and confidant, was one of my husband's mom's best friends, one of Diana's best friends," Markle said. "Because it's, like, who else could understand what it's actually like on the inside? "

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A representative for Buckingham Palace didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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