'Prince Harry said he'd never cross the line between royalty and showbiz before he met Meghan'

Danielle Stacey
Royal Correspondent

Prince Harry told a royal biographer that he’d ‘never cross the line between being a royal and celebrity.’

Angela Levin, who penned Harry: Conversations With The Prince, says the exchange took place before he became engaged to then-actress Meghan Markle.

Speaking on Yahoo UK’s ‘The Royal Box,’ she says: “Prince Harry said to me that there is a big difference between being a show business celebrity and being a royal.

“A show business celebrity is someone who is acknowledged for something they’ve done, a talent they’ve had. A royal has to be steeped in duty and looking to look after things for the Queen.

“And he said ‘I will never, ever become a celebrity, there’s a narrow line, but I never want to cross it.’ I think he has.”

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The Duke of Sussex at a garden party. [Photo: PA]

Levin says that changed when Harry got engaged to Meghan in November 2017.

The American-born star became famous for her role as Rachel Zane in US legal drama Suits.

Levin continues: “I think we can all say certain things, then you marry somebody, you fall in love with them and you compromise.

“What will be interesting is how it goes forward, whether they do become a world-celebrity couple doing humanitarian work or whether there’s more closeness to the Royal Family.”

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Harry stood at the back of the balcony during Trooping the Colour. [Photo: PA]

She also says Harry’s position at the back of the Buckingham Palace balcony for Trooping the Colour earlier this month could indicate that he’d “disengaged himself” from the royals and whether it could mean he could “do what he and Meghan want to do around the world rather than stay in this restricted area.”

Recent reports also suggested the couple could spend up to six months at a time living in Africa over the next two to three years, as part of a sabbatical.

The duke and duchess will reportedly visit Malawi and Angola later this year during a royal tour of Africa.