Jane Goodall, a world-renowned activist and chimpanzee expert, revealed details about Prince Harry she found out while doing the special edition of Vogue in 2019. While talking on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, she said that the Duke of Sussex “felt constrained” and “desperately wants little Archie to grow up away from all the pomp and royalty”. She also hinted at a discussion she had with the couple when she visited them at their home Frogmore Cottage back in June last year.
Commenting about their decision to step back from royal life, she was reported saying: “Well it doesn’t surprise me, having met them both. I know that Prince Harry really felt constrained and he desperately wants little Archie to grow up away from all the pomp and royalty, I know that. I haven’t been to the UK. I haven’t really followed the news… I had no idea that anything like this was going to happen.”
Jane spoke highly of Harry, saying: “I just think he’s a wonderful, wonderful person and we had a great interview … and I gather that Meghan wanted to interview me and he said, ‘No, I’m going to interview Jane.'” At the time of the interview, the Sussex told Instagram followers that Harry and Jane had: “An intimate conversation on environment, activism, and the world as they see it.”
Jane isn’t the only celebrity to step up and defend Harry and Meghan’s shocking decision, with Oprah also giving her opinions on the matter. She has shown her support for their decision and even commented on the situation. She and her best friend Gayle King – who were both guests at Meghan’s baby shower in New York last year – shared their thoughts on the couple’s new life during a night out in the Big Apple on Tuesday.
Speaking to TMZ, Oprah said: “I support them 1,000 per cent. Do you know why I support them? I support them because I believe, when you have thought about this as long as they have – and even in the Queen’s statement [she] says, ‘This has been going on for months’ these discussions have been going on for months – and when Harry said in that charity statement the other day [that] he had to make the decision to move forward in peace with his new family, who doesn’t feel what that takes to make that decision to give up everything you’ve known your whole life to say I’m going to choose this new life or what I believe to be the truest vision for myself?”