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Prince Harry's close friend from army 'hopes Oprah interview was worth the price'

By Siobhan Macdonald

Prince Harry 's ex-army pal said he "genuinely hopes" that the Oprah Winfrey interview consequences were "worth it to him".

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sat down with Oprah for their first bombshell interview in 2021, and are reportedly considering a second interview for "damage control" as a new royal book is published.

Ex-Household Cavalry Lance Corporal Martyn Compton was a close friend to the Prince for 15 years, and was "shocked" and "amazed" by his and Meghan Markle's decision to step down as senior members of the Royal Family.

Just weeks before Harry and Meghan's interview last year, Compton told the Sun that he "genuinely hopes" the interview was "worth it to him".

Martyn Compton and Prince Harry have been friends for over 15 years (Getty Images)

The interview sent shockwaves across the country and Buckingham Palace released a statement that said “while some recollections may vary” the issues were “taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately”.

He added that "nobody knows" the Prince's motivations but said he really hopes he had given himself "the time to think it all through".

Compton added: "As Prince Harry's friend and someone who has served alongside him, I’m shocked and amazed it’s all come to this.

"I genuinely hope the interview with Oprah Winfrey and all that goes with it is worth it to him as this is a very high price to pay.

Meghan and Harry at Archie's christening in July 2019 (Getty)

"I don’t know what he’s getting out of it, perhaps it’s getting something off his chest. But with high-profile deals, including Netflix, what I do know is that no royal should ever be seen to be cashing in.

"No one knows his motives apart from Prince Harry in agreeing to do this interview. But I really hope he has given himself the time to think it all through".

Former Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown blasted the couple in her new book, The Palace Papers, and a source said to be close to the Duchess said some claims had “really gotten under Meghan’s skin”.

The book also claims that both Prince Philip and Prince Charles had a good relationship with Meghan in the beginning (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The source told Heat magazine: “These latest claims have really gotten under Meghan’s skin. She’s told her team that something needs to be done.

“She’s so sick of the negative headlines and she’s desperate to come out fighting with some major damage control. “

“Meghan feels as though doing another chat with Oprah is the best way to change the narrative and counter all the negative claims she’s read about herself recently.

“She’s been in contact with Oprah’s people already.”

Compton also said that he hopes the decision to step down and thus, relinquish his patronages and commitments, is one he doesn't "come to bitterly regret".

He said he knows how much being in the military means to Harry and gained the respect because he "earned it," not because of "who he was".

The ex-Household Cavalry Lance Corporal added that his view is that the Duke can't have it "both ways".

This came following the announcement made by Buckingham Palace that Harry could not continue with the "responsibilities and duties" that come with a life of public service and that he was subsequently stripped of his titles and privileges, including his honorary Captain General of the Royal Marines role.

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