Prince Harry's attempts to defend wife Meghan Markle have been branded 'kind of heroic' but 'also misguided' by a royal source.
A source close to the royal household told People magazine that Prince Harry, 35, can 'see the pain' that Meghan, 38, carries and he 'wants to try to sort it out'.
The comments were made in the wake of The Sussexes' explosive ITV documentary, in which Meghan told how her British friends warned her not to marry Harry because the tabloid focus would 'destroy her life'.
Meanwhile, Harry said that he felt pressure to 'protect' his family from unwanted media intrusion.
They insider continued: 'It is kind of heroic in a way, but also misguided. It would be better to build relationships with the media.'
The source revealed they also fear the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s approach may backfire in the long-term.
It comes after royal experts suggested the Queen and senior royals are 'very worried' about the direction 'divisive' Meghan and Harry are heading after they launched their extraordinary attack on the British media.
Royal commentator Phil Dampier, who wrote 'Royally Suited' about Harry and Meghan's romance, said senior royals 'from the Queen down' are concerned and branded their comments in their new ITV documentary 'very serious'.
Jonny Dymond, the BBC's royal correspondent, said: 'I think they (the royal family) will be pretty horrified actually.'
While royal commentator Penny Junor described the couple's actions as a 'big mistake'.
Harry and Meghan spoke about their struggles of existing in the royal family in a behind-the-scenes documentary on Sunday, which followed the couple during their ten-day tour of South Africa.
In ITV's 'Harry & Meghan: An African Journey', Harry spoke of the pressure he felt to 'protect' his family from unwanted media intrusion.
He said: 'Look, part of this job and part of any job, like everybody, means putting on a brave face and turning a cheek to a lot of the stuff.
'But again, for me and for my wife, of course, there’s a lot of stuff that hurts — especially when the majority of it is untrue.'
Meanwhile the former Suits actress revealed she was 'existing not living' while her husband spoke out about his struggles with mental health.
Meghan described struggling with the pressures of royal life and said friends had warned her against marrying Harry as the British tabloids would 'destroy' her life.
In what was the first on-screen interview since becoming a mother, the American former actress admitted to feeling 'vulnerable' during her pregnancy with Archie under the media spotlight.
Meghan added: 'I never thought that this would be easy, but I thought it would be fair and that's the part that's really hard to reconcile.
'I've said for a long time to H – that's what I call him – it is not enough to just survive something. That's not the point of life. You've got to thrive and feel happy.'
Their comments came following months of controversy involving Meghan and Harry, who came under fire for their privacy demands over Archie's christening, their use of private jets, and Meghan's Wimbledon appearance when she banned fans from taking photos.
They are suing the Mail on Sunday over its publication of Meghan's estranged father's letters, and have begun legal action against the Sun and Mirror news groups over allegations of phone hacking dating back to the early 2000s.