Prince Harry ‘hinted at Megxit’ last summer when he told Jane Goodall that Archie ‘isn’t going to grow up like a royal’


DR JANE Goodall has revealed how her friend Prince Harry ‘hinted’ at his wish to leave the royal family months before the shock announcement was made. 

The English primatologist, 86, said she recalled a comment Prince Harry, 35, made on the topic during an interview for Meghan Markle’s issue of Vogue last summer. 

Prince Harry said last summer that Archie would ‘not grow up’ doing the airs and graces that come with being a royal

Speaking to the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine, Dr Goodall: “At the end [of the conversation] Meghan came in to listen with Archie.

“He was very tiny and very sleepy – not too pleased to be passed from his mummy. I think I was one of the first to cuddle him outside the family. 

“I made Archie do the Queen’s wave, saying, ‘I suppose he’ll have to learn this’. 

“Harry said: ‘No, he’s not growing up like that.’”

Prince Harry spoke to primatologist Dr Jane Goodall last summer, and she met little Archie during the interview

It is thought the interview took place as Harry attended Dr Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Global Leadership Meeting at Windsor Castle in Berkshire last July

The encounter suggests he and Meghan Markle, 38, already had other plans for their future and didn’t want Archie growing up with royal airs and graces. 

The conversation took place in an interview Prince Harry did with Dr Goodall for Meghan’s sell-out September issue of Vogue. 

And just six months later, at the start of 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan made the bombshell announcement they would be stepping back as senior working royals. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are currently living in California with Archie after stepping back as senior royals

Harry and Meghan have announced they are launching the Archewell platform – with the latin origins of the name also inspiring them to call their son Archie

They are now striving to become financially independent and officially gave up using their HRH titles for work at the end of March. 

Currently the young family are living in California with 11-month-old Archie and hope to announce more information on their future ventures in due course. 

It was announced this week that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are launching a charitable foundation called Archewell, which derives from the ancient word arche — or “source of action”.

We shared how the Queen told Prince Harry he’ll ‘always be welcomed back’ in four-hour heart-to-heart to heal Megxit rift.

And Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are said to be ‘house hunting in same LA area Diana wanted to live’.


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