PRINCE Harry is "happier than ever" as he turns the same age Princess Diana was when she died at 36, a royal expert claimed today.
The Duke of Sussex will ring in the big day in Los Angeles after a whirlwind 12 months that has seen his life transformed.
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Harry and wife Meghan Markle, who became parents to baby Archie in May last year, quit the Royal Family this year before moving to the US.
And Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie today told Vanity Fair that the royal was "thriving" in his family and professional life.
He said: "This is the moment he can sit back and think, ‘I made it.’ He has found his happiness."
Royal commentator Ingrid Seward added: "He can celebrate his birthday on a high.
"He’s embracing his new life and everything is an adventure right now. He has moved on very quickly, and I don’t think he misses his old life at all."
She said that she was surprised Harry had quit the UK as he had always loved British life including polo and the countryside, but added: "He doesn’t do anything by halves."
Ms Seward also said Harry's mum Diana – who was 36 when she was tragically killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997-had often said she wanted to move to America, something the prince had now done.
Meghan, 39, and Harry are now settling into their new lives – recently buying up a £11million property in Santa Barbara to settle into their new life and paying off the £2.4m spent on refurbishing their home Frogmore Cottage in the UK.
They have now signed a deal with Netflix rumoured to be worth £112m – announcing they would be creating content that would "give hope" to audiences.
Harry and Meghan will reportedly celebrate the dad's birthday quietly as a family at their new home with Prince William and Kate Middleton along with the Queen and Prince Charles sending well-wishes across the pond.
But friends had previously told Vanity Fair that the duke was struggling with the monumental shift in his life.
It was claimed Harry was feeling "rudderless" and "without structure" in his new life in Los Angeles, with a source saying: "He has a lot of friends in the military community in the UK and of course he misses them.
"This is a very strange time for us all, but I think Harry is missing having a structure to his life right now.
"He doesn’t have friends in LA like Meghan and he doesn’t have a job. So at the moment he’s a bit rudderless, but it won’t always be like this, and he knows that."
Harry had to give up his military titles including Captain General of Marines, Hon Air Commandant, Commodore-In-Chief and Youth Ambassador after Megxit.
But it is feared the Netflix deal signed by Harry and Meghan could cause another tear in the relationship with the Royal Family.
Netflix's The Crown is expected to release its most explosive series yet in its upcoming series – focusing on Diana’s battle with the eating disorder in the Eighties.
In episodes dealing with Diana’s crumbling marriage to Prince Charles, actress Emma Corrin, 24, will be seen gorging on food before vomiting into a toilet.
A TV insider said: “William and other senior royals are incredibly uncomfortable about this drama and livid Harry is now in partnership with the company that’s airing it.
“It’s the latest in a long line of flashpoints between the brothers, but there are few more sensitive subjects than the plight of their mother."
A source has said they are no longer receiving financial support from the Prince of Wales and viewed the £2.4 million payment as "another significant step in their new life".
The couple previously took over funding for their own security when they quit as senior working royals.
Harry and Meghan have spent much of the lockdown supporting local charities in California or championing causes like gender politics and equality.
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