Today, Prince Harry turns 36 – the same age his mother, Princess Diana, was when she died.
But as he celebrates the poignant day, his life is unrecognisable from the one he was living this time last year, and insiders say he’s “happier than ever”.
Harry and wife Meghan Markle quit the royal family earlier this year, and have now bought their “forever home” in LA where they are settling in with son Archie.
Omid Scoobie, co-author of a new book about Sussexes, Finding Freedom, told Vanity Fair he believes it is “destiny” that Harry has finally found happiness at this age.
He said: “This is a man who said he wanted to continue his mother’s work. We’ve long mourned Diana’s place on the humanitarian landscape, and here we have Harry, who embodies her values and is willing to dedicate his life to them.
“He’s at an age now where he’s taken that baton and is able to run with it in a way that he would never have been able to do within the House of Windsor. That’s very powerful and exciting.”
But Harry’s new life came at a price, and his relationship with brother Prince William is reportedly still strained.
The Duke of Cambridge and his wife Kate are still said to be upset with Harry and Meghan’s decision to quit the royal family, especially as William and Prince Charles were given little warning of their drastic announcement back in January.
Harry is also said to have cut off many of his most loyal childhood friends because they questioned the speed of his relationship with Meghan.
Meghan and Harry have recently signed a multi-million dollar deal with Netflix and will work with the platform to produce a number of TV shows and documentaries.
Many experts claim this was a turning point in the royal lives, saying they didn’t believe it would now be possible for the couple to return to royal life if they changed their minds.
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Diana’s former private secretary Patrick Jephson tells the magazine: “Having reached the same age at which his mother died, Harry has arrived at a point of no return.
“A life on the American public stage is now his destiny unless he decisively turns away from it. The time to do so is fast running out. We must hope—as Princess Diana surely would—that he has weighed his options wisely.”