Prince Harry is not the same ‘bag of fun’ as when he served as a soldier in Afghanistan, and is now more ‘quiet and reserved’ a former officer who served alongside him reveals
- Former fellow officer of Prince Harry said the Duke has changed as a newly-wed
- The former officer said the Duke ‘seemed detached’ when they met recently
- Prince Harry spent ten weeks in Afghanistan as a forward air controller in 2008
- Source said Harry was ‘at home’ in the Army and enjoyed joking with colleagues
Prince Harry pictured in 2008 in Helmand Province, Southern Afghanistan
A former fellow officer of Prince Harry has said the Duke has changed since his marriage and is not the ‘bag of fun’ he used to be.
The officer who left the Army for the City said last night that Harry ‘seemed detached and disjointed’ when they met recently and sensed he was feeling ‘isolated’.
He said the Duke appears defensive and protective of his life following his marriage to Meghan Markle.
‘I suspect that as a newly married man he is anxious about the pressures his wife is feeling,’ he told the Sunday Express.
The Prince spent ten weeks in Afghanistan as a forward air controller serving as Lieutenant Wales in 2008.
However he was forced to leave after German and Australian publications broke the news of his location.
‘I have seen the Prince this year and he seemed very quiet and reserved, not the bubbly, fun chap I once knew.
‘During his time in Helmand Harry was a bag of fun, though always professional,’ the source added.
The former fellow officer said Harry ‘seemed detached and disjointed’ when they met recently and sensed he was feeling ‘isolated’. Prince Harry pictured at a rountable discussion on gender equality at Windsor Castle
He described how the fun-loving Prince once found a motorbike and started driving it, when he was deployed on the ground with the Blues and Royals.
‘He had a great sense of humour. He excelled in daft jokes about football of rugby,’ he added.
The former officer described how the Duke would be happy to make tea for fellow soldiers, tidy up books they were sent and would wait for his turn in the shower.
He added: ‘He immersed himself in military life and I think it allowed him to be himself and develop full friendships with normal people as opposed to the sycophants who tend to surround, then betray him.’
The source told how Harry was ‘at home in the Army’ and enjoyed earning the respect of his colleagues without the pomp and pageantry.
The Duke was recently appointed Captain General of the Royal Marines, a role which his former fellow officer said will provide a ‘vital umbilical cord’ to his military life that will allow him to be himself.