Prince Harry looks ‘lonely’ after pals fail to back Oprah talk, commentator says
While Meghan Markle has been showered with support from friends since the now-famous Oprah interview last week, her husband looked somewhat lonelier, a royal expert says.
In the last two weeks, both before and after the couple's bombshell tell-all with the chat show queen was screened, various celebrities came forward to voice their support for Meghan.
Former Suits co-star Patrick J. Adams praised her as "enthusiastic, kind, cooperative, giving, joyful and supportive" while tennis star Serena Williams devoted an Instagram post to her "selfless friend".
In the wake of the gasp-inducing interview, other American friends of the Duchess popped up to verify that she has proof of her shocking allegations against the Royal Family, including actor Janina Gavanker and breakfast show host Gayle King.
Yet over on this side of the Atlantic, there's been no such wave of support from Prince Harry's friends, commentator Daniela Elser writes in a new column for news.com.au.
"All of the loudest voices, so far, are people from Meghan's side of the aisle," she said.
"While the LA side of their social circle have come out en demonstrative masse, from London? Crickets."
While California native Meghan is very well-connected and counts stars like the Clooneys among her pals, Harry is also known to have a wide circle of trusted chums, so their silence at this crucial time is "startling", Ms Elser adds.
"Maybe this is down to Harry's friends being seasoned hands at royal mateship, knowing that integral to keeping the role is keeping vehemently schtum around the media and simply adopting a batten-down-the-hatches, ride-out-the-storm approach," she ponders.
Both Harry and Meghan need all the friends they can get as they endure the "PR fight of their lives" with their personal approval ratings plummeting in the UK since the interview, she writes.
"Surely now would be the moment for a well-placed Eton chum or two (with permission, mind) to offer up a sympathetic interview or a quote here and there to help Brits understand what the formerly beloved British son is going through right now.
"And yet clearly, either Harry does not want to call on his British besties or does not see the need."
She suggests that Harry may be "a tad lonely" in their new life in California, similar to what Meghan went through when she joined the Royal Family in 2018.
"Obviously the events of the last year would have made it extremely hard to forge new friendships given the COVID restrictions which have locked down much of California," she adds.
Representatives for Harry and Meghan have been contacted for comment.
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