Harry’s ex-army pal ‘hopes Oprah Winfrey interview is worth high price he paid’

Prince Harry's friend Martyn Compton said he hopes the Duke and Duchess of Sussex' Oprah Winfrey is "worth" the "high price" to pay of losing his military titles.

Martyn, who was badly burned in Afghanistan in 2006, told The Sun he is "shocked" and "amazed" the couple's decision to step down as senior members of the Royal Family has led to him losing his honorary title of Captain General of the Royal Marines.

The pair have been friends for over 15 years and Martyn, who lives with his wife, said he "genuinely hopes" the Oprah Winfrey interview Prince Harry is scheduled to do wife wife Meghan Markle is "worth it to him".

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

Writing in The Sun, Martyn said: "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.

"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".

Martyn 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 Prince 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".

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Her Majesty announced on Friday that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry could not continue with the "responsibilities and duties" that come with a life of public service.

Buckingham Palace said the pair will therefore be stripped of their titles and privileges, including Prince Harry's honorary Captain General of the Royal Marines role.

Regardless, both Harry and Meghan released a statement vowing to live a life of service, and added that "service is universal," which is believed to have infuriated Royal sources who feel as though the wording was "disrespectful" to the Queen.

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