Prince Harry could return to the U.K. in a new role but possibly without Meghan Markle, according to Princess Diana’s former bodyguard.
Ken Wharfe protected Diana from 1987 to 1993, sharing her life through some of the most turbulent years of her marriage to Prince Charles and harassment by the media. For a year before he was assigned solely to the princess, Wharfe also headed up the security detail for Princes William and Harry, meeting the brothers when they were just five and three-years-old.
The former police protection officer has become a regular royal commentator since he left Diana’s service in 1993 citing her “erratic behavior” at the time of her separation from Charles as a contributing factor for handing in his resignation.
So far Princes Harry and William have not commented on the content of Wharfe’s book or the claims made therein.
Speaking, per the Daily Mirror on Friday, Wharfe voiced his belief that Harry would one day return to the U.K. to live after the prince moved with his family to California in 2020, stepping down as a working member of the royal family.
“I base that on gut reaction really,” the ex-bodyguard who watched the prince grow up said. “I just cannot see them forever more living in California.
“It’s clear to me that Harry is not quite a fish out of sea—I mean he is getting involved in charitable work and he has these attachments to Netflix and other companies but quite where they’ll end up we don’t know.”
“I just have this feeling,” he then continued, “that he could well be back in a new role, with or without Meghan—I honestly don’t know.”
In Diana: Remembering the Princess, released last week, Wharfe elaborates claiming that Harry could end up dividing his time “between two continents, with his wife and children largely staying in the US, where they all seem to feel more comfortable.”
On the subject of Meghan, Wharfe wrote of his belief that it was she who was the driving force behind the couple’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021 during which they discussed their feelings of ill-treatment from the royal “Firm” and also alleged that an unnamed member of the royal family had made racially insensitive comments about the skin color of their future children.
“I feel that the Oprah Winfrey interview with Harry and Meghan was not one that he wanted to happen,” he wrote.