Princess Diana’s former
bodyguard Ken Wharfe has revealed that the late mother-of-two would have sympathized
with her son Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle’s decision
to quit royal life.
Ken – who has teamed up with
author Ros Coward to write Diana: Remembering the Princess ahead of
her 25th death anniversary this month – reflected on the Sussexes’ 2020
decision to step back as senior royals.
“I believe she would have
the utmost sympathy for Harry and Meghan’s predicament,” Ken, who worked
with Diana from 1988 to 1993, the five most turbulent years of her marriage to
Prince Charles, wrote.
“As a newcomer to the
royal family, she would understand the difficulties Meghan has faced as an
American divorcée, a powerful, experienced woman in her own right, from a mixed
heritage – but she would be instrumental in bringing that around to a
state of acceptance and as an advantage to the monarchy.”
He added: “It’s sad that
people keep writing Harry and Meghan off – but I feel he’ll be back in some
shape or form one day, and Diana would have been great at helping with
this. She’d listen to other people’s problems and give advice, and every
week would receive hundreds of letters from people thanking her for changing
In his exclusive piece, Ken
also reflected on the rift between Harry and his older brother William, saying
that Diana would have been the peacekeeper.
“When two siblings fight
there’s usually a close relative to give advice and Diana would have taken on
that role,” he said. “She would have understood the problems that
have been raised and helped her boys solve them, while giving Harry the advice
he seems to lack right now.”