As the nation paid tribute to the 75th anniversary of VE Day last Friday, the Duke of Sussex likely felt a pang for his military friends back in the UK.
Appearing on BBC’s The One Show on Monday, Prince Harry spoke about the WWII ‘Guinea Pig Club’ and the CASEVAC Club of today – two organisations that seek to support servicemen after their returns from conflict.
Having served in the Army himself – as well as having held a number of military appointments during his time as a senior royal – reports emerged last month stating that Harry ‘misses the camaraderie’ of life in the Armed Forces.
Now ‘a source close to the Duke’ has told Vanity Fair’s Royal Editor, Katie Nicholl, that adapting to life in California continues to be a struggle.
Although Harry gave up his official military appointments upon stepping down as a royal at the end of March, he has been keen to maintain his connection to the Armed Forces, such as his patronage of the Invictus Games, with the source stating: ‘Harry has been on lots of conference calls and has been very busy keeping in touch with friends and colleagues… He is keeping up regular communication with all of the organisations he works with at home in the UK.’
Speaking of the emotional toll the transition has taken on Harry, the source noted: ‘He has a lot of friends in the military community in the UK and of course he misses them.
This is a very strange time for us all, but I think Harry is missing having a structure to his life right now. He doesn’t have friends in LA like Meghan and he doesn’t have a job. So at the moment he’s a bit rudderless, but it won’t always be like this, and he knows that.’
Indeed the Duke has continued to champion the causes close to his heart from afar. On Saturday night, Harry recorded a video message to mark what would have been the Opening Ceremony for the Invictus Games Netherlands.
He told former servicemen and women: ‘I hope that all of those in the Invictus family are coping well and supporting each other through this challenging time.’