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Prince Harry: ‘Early sign’ he would do things ‘his way’ at nursery

Prince Harry to give ‘deeper’ insight in his memoir says Scobie

The Duke of Sussex has had a rollercoaster few years, and made it very clear he wishes to carve his own path. The prince and his wife, Meghan Markle, have reportedly reached out to the Queen to arrange a meeting ahead of their newborn daughter Lilibet’s christening. The Sussexes are said to be preparing to make their first trip to the UK as a family of four, and Meghan’s first return to British shores since March 2020’s royal exit.

Royal sources told The Sun that senior staff are stunned by the request, however Her Majesty remains “still very fond of Harry” and would “love” to meet Lilibet, and see Archie again.

The source said discussions have also been had over whether or not the Sussexes should be invited for Christmas with the rest of the Firm, after they rejected an invite last year.

Harry, who will release his memoir next year, grew up a very different boy to older brother William, according to royal author Angela Levin. 

Ms Levin’s book, ‘Harry: Conversations with the Prince’, recalled the prince’s “traumatic” start to life at nursery.

Prince Harry showed early signs he would do things ‘his way’ (Image: GETTY)

Prince Harry as a young boy

Harry needed “lots of reassurance and understanding” at nursery, according to Angela Levin. (Image: GETTY)

She wrote: “Unlike Prince William, he needed lots of reassurance and understanding.

“Even today he sometimes has an air of vulnerability and sadness.

“It’s part of what has endeared him to so many people of all ages and types around the world and perhaps why Meghan Markle sometimes feels the need to be motherly towards him.”

Ms Levin explained it took Harry a few years “before he became the life and soul of the playground”.

Prince Harry at nursery school

Prince Harry needed a few years before he became the “life and soul of the playground” (Image: GETTY)

He was shy growing up, with one mother describing him “as quiet as a mouse, poor little thing”.

Young Harry would refuse to join in the games at break time, occasionally standing alone for the entire ten-minute break. 

“If another child came up to him and pulled at his clothes,” Ms Levin wrote, “he would start crying.”

His vulnerability made him an easy target for bullies, as he didn’t fight back.

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Princess Diana holds young Harry

Princess Diana holds young Harry on the Buckingham Palace balcony. (Image: GETTY)

Teachers had to look out for him wriggling in his seat with a “pained expression on his face” before taking him to the toilet, as the young prince rarely raised his hand to ask to go.

William, in stark contrast to Harry, settled in perfectly and earned himself quite a reputation, and was nicknamed ‘Basher’.

Harry showed a creative spark at nursery school – he “concentrated hard when the teacher read stories to the class and enjoyed painting and making paper models”.

But eagle-eyed teacher teachers were quick to spot what could have been interpreted as a sign of things to come.

Prince Harry and Prince William

William earned himself the nickname ‘Basher’ at nursery school. (Image: GETTY)

Ms Levin explained: “Sharp-eyed teachers also noted that whenever one of them praised William for being good at something like clay modelling, if Harry was doing the same he would throw his own work on the floor.

“It was perhaps an early sign that he was going to do things his way.

“He seemed happiest in his own little world, left alone to get on with what he wanted to do and how he wanted to do it, without interference.”

The Sussexes infamously quit the Royal Family in March 2020 to pursue their own career ventures and move to Meghan’s native California.

Under their new foundation Archewell, Harry co-created a docuseries ‘The Me You Can’t See’ with Oprah Winfrey, where he admitted he underwent four years of therapy to address mental health troubles.

He opened up on “panic attacks and severe anxiety”, and has echoed this in other interviews.

He will co-produce ‘Heart of Invictus’ for streaming platform Netflix, while Meghan will create animated series ‘Pearl’.

Angela Levin’s book, ‘Harry: Conversations with the Prince’, was published in 2018 by John Blake. It is available to buy here.


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