Harry's game is to avoid another Diana scenario
Prince Harry doesn't want history to repeat itself - but Meghan Markle is different to Princess Di
When it comes to Harry and his love life, Diana will always hang over everything. And in various ways. And Diana, in her life and death, accounts in part for the strong back-off message her younger son issued to the press and to the world last week in relation to his romance with American actress Meghan Markle.
Last week, when Kensington Palace issued Harry's statement, it was about much more than just 'come on, everyone, let's give the lovebirds some breathing space'. It was about more than Harry's descriptions of Markle's mother being hassled and stories that he believed to be smearing and abusive.
Really, at its heart, it was about Harry sending a warning shot about history repeating itself. He's not going to have another Diana. He's not going to let any of the madness of his childhood happen again, though whether that is what is sparking off here is a repeat of that is debatable.