Prince Harry takes after his "independent" mum Princess Diana and was hankering to leave the Royal Family before he married Meghan Markle, according to a new documentary about the Princess of Wales.
Speaking in the documentary Diana: A Mother's Love, which airs tonight on Channel 5, royal broadcaster Jennie Bond said that the royal role was at times stifling for Diana, who just wanted her sons to have a normal and loving upbringing.
Harry is said to take after his mum and be disillusioned with the role the media has in his life, according to Jennie.
She said: "Diana always said that from a very early age there was a very rebellious streak in her, very independent, very feminist.
"There are parallels obviously between the way Diana decided that the media attention way of life was just too much for her and the way Harry and Meghan have chosen to quit as senior members of the royal family, even more dramatic.
"And I think that Harry is replicating his mother’s footsteps there in saying that it isn’t a way of life for me."
Jennie indicated that Meghan could have been a "way out" for Harry because she was an outsider and saw things differently, having not spent her whole life in the "firm".
She said: "I think Meghan is the one who possibly has taken an objective view and given Harry a way out that he was looking for before Meghan, but hadn’t conceived possible."
Jennie is not the first person to say that Harry was desperate to leave the royal family before his marriage.
An aristocrat described Harry as a "rebel" and said he'd always wanted to leave because he was sick of being "hounded by the press".
Meanwhile, according to the new biography of Meghan and Harry called Finding Freedom, the duchess once sobbed to a friend that she'd "given up everything for this family".
Daily Star Online has approached the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for comment.
Since their move to the US, Harry and Meghan have bought a plush "£11 million" mansion from a billionaire in Montecito, Santa Barbara, California.
Their new neighbourhood is said to be a lot more relaxed and family-friendly than their old digs in LA.
Diana: A Mother's Love airs tonight on Channel 5 at 8pm
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