Grandfather knows best? In recently resurfaced comments, Prince Philip declared it's next to "impossible" to give royal offspring a "normal" childhood — a feat his great-grandson, Prince Harry, and his wife, Meghan Markle, are trying to achieve with their 20-month-old son, Archie.
In Nicholas Courtney's biography Princess Anne, the author notes how the Duke of Edinburgh was well aware of the fact that all the children in his line would be forced to grow up in the public eye.
"Prince Philip instantly recognized the problem and accepted it as an unalterable fact," Courtney wrote.“His children were not the same as ordinary children.”
According to Courtney, the stressful situation was something the 99-year-old discussed with comedy writer Basil Boothroyd.
"People talk about normal upbringing. What is a normal upbringing?" he pondered. "What you really mean is: was I insisting that they should go through all the disadvantages in being brought up in the way other people are brought up? Precisely that — disadvantages.
“There’s always this idea about treating them exactly like other children," he continued. “In fact, it means that they are treated much worse, because they’re known by name and association. It is all very well to say they’re treated the same as everybody else, but it’s impossible.”
Though his words were uttered years ago, his views seem to foreshadow the moves made by Harry and Meghan, who stepped down from the royal family in order to give son Archie a normal, private life.
As OK! previously reported, their drastic decision left Philip devastated, with royal biographer Ingrid Seward claiming he "struggled greatly" with the situation.
However, Harry and Meghan's recent actions have contradicted their plea for privacy. Last year, the pair signed a $150 million deal with Netflix and secured a partnership with Spotify, where they're releasing their Archewell Audio podcast.
They even let little Archie make a cameo during the first official episode, where he uttered the phrase, "Happy new year" to listeners.
It's also been said that Harry is starting to regret leaving his family and life in the U.K. behind.
“Harry wants it both ways," a source explained. "He wants back all his military roles and wants to be treated as a senior member of the family at all the official events, sitting in the front row next to his father, Charles, and brother, William, but he also wants to live in America and cut business deals with media companies."
"You have to remember that Harry is not used to being told ‘no.’ All his life he has been surrounded by people saying ‘yes.’ He just cannot understand what the problem is," continued the source.
"Meghan and Harry have convinced themselves that they are the best things to ever happen to the royal brand and cannot understand why The Queen and others do not see it that way too.”