Prince Harry's Longtime Friend Said the Royal "Suffers a Lot From People Judging Him"

Nacho Figueras opened up about the motivation behind the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's royal shakeup.

In ABC News’s new special Royal Divide: Harry, Meghan, and the Crown, one of Prince Harry’s longtime friends, Polo player Nacho Figueras, gives insight into the Duke of Sussex’s departure from his established role within the royal family.

Prince Harry Nacho Figueras - Royal visit to Singapore and Australia
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“He has suffered a lot from all of the things that have happened to him. He suffers a lot from people judging him,” Figueras said of Harry. "He's being a father ... a guy who is trying to protect his cub and his lioness from whatever it takes. He has become an incredible man, a man that his mother would be proud of."

Expanding on the expected motivation behind Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal shakeup, Figueras said, "He wants to live a normal life, as normal as his life is going to be, right? Because when you have 1,000 paparazzis outside your house in Canada waiting to get one picture of your son, that's not very, very normal."

Since the couple first announced the decision to step back from their senior roles, there has been plenty of speculation about their feelings on the situation that unfolded shortly after. While Harry gave a short speech speaking on the matter just a few weeks ago, we have yet to hear directly from Meghan about her thoughts.

Royal Divide: Harry, Meghan, and the Crown will air on ABC on Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET.

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