Prince Harry spoke to Oprah Winfrey about an interview as early as 2018, according to Princess Diana's biographer

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  • Princess Diana's royal biographer, Andrew Morton, spoke to Marie Claire about Prince Harry.

  • Morton told the outlet Prince Harry was trying to step back from the monarchy as early as 2018.

  • He said Harry spoke to Oprah Winfrey about an interview in December 2018.

Prince Harry had been considering leaving the royal family since at least 2018, according to a royal biographer.

Marie Claire recently spoke to Andrew Morton, who wrote the 1992 biography "Diana: Her True Story," which revealed intimate details about Princess Diana's marriage to King Charles and the late princess' mental health.

He also released "The Queen: Her Life" about Queen Elizabeth on Tuesday.

As Morton told Marie Claire, he thinks the late monarch "did her best" to make Meghan Markle feel welcome in the monarchy when she and Prince Harry got married in May 2018.

However, Morton went on to tell the outlet that "within six months" of marrying Meghan, Prince Harry was exploring ways to step back from his family.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle share a kiss at the royal wedding.WPA Pool/Getty

"I mean, sadly, Harry was talking to Oprah in December 2018 at a hotel in London, discussing interviews, and he was looking for a way out, even then," Morton told Marie Claire.

Harry and Meghan stepped back as senior royals in January 2020, and in March 2021, they shared details of their struggles within the royal family in a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.

In the interview, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said members of the royal family made racist remarks about Archie, the firm disregarded Meghan's mental-health issuesKate Middleton made Meghan cry during the week of her wedding, and Charles cut the couple off financially following their step back.

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Oprah Winfrey interviewed Meghan and Harry in March 2021.Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese via Getty Images

Morton also told Marie Claire he didn't think the royal family anticipated that Meghan and Harry would step back as senior members.

"I mean, you know, they certainly knew that Harry was not happy in the royal family, and as you know, he's been to counseling, psychological counseling," Morton told Marie Claire. "He found it very difficult appearing in public."

"And yet, conversely, he had the Diana touch, he was and is quite a charismatic individual," Morton added when speaking to Marie Claire. "And so, for that matter, was Meghan, even though obviously both are now the butt of tremendous criticism from people."

Representatives for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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