More than a year has passed since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sat down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey. But, before the bombshell tell-all chat blew up and made headlines, a friend of the royal-born Prince shared some warnings, noting that it would be a “very high price to pay.”

Express UK recently recalled the assertions made by former Household Cavalry Lance Corporal Martyn Compton in 2021. As noted, he is a pal of the Duke of Sussex from his army days.

Weeks prior to the interview with Oprah, the veteran shared he “genuinely hopes” that the material was “worth it” to the youngest Wales prince. He also wished that his friend “had given himself ‘the time to think it all through,’” adding that “nobody knows” what his motivations were at the time.

Compton continued that he was “shocked and amazed” that it all had come to that moment. He noted that he was speaking as “Prince Harry’s friend and someone who has served alongside him.”

While he repeated he did know what his pal would get out of it, he asserted that the Duke was likely “getting something off his chest.” In the end, he pointed out that the royal-born Prince would pay a “very high price,” so he hoped that it would be all worth it.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021 was “revealing, explosive, and potentially damaging to the [British Royal Family],” according to CNN. There were allegations of racism, as well as admission of feeling suicidal on the former actress’s part.

The publication noted that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “spoke with eye-opening candor” throughout the two-hour engagement. The pair’s allegations and revelations were even claimed to have “outweighed Princess Diana’s landmark interview” about two decades ago.

The shocking statements and accusations from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have since remained a talk of the town. While some individuals praised the pair for their honesty and braveness in speaking up, they also received an apparent backlash.

A report from Express UK at the time revealed that complaints toward the bombshell interview reached more than 6,200. As stated, it became “one of the most complained about” materials.

Buckingham Palace eventually released a rare response to address the interview. It said that on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, “the whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging” it must have been for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

It acknowledged that the issues, especially the race accusation, were “concerning.” However, it insisted that “some recollections may vary.”

Nevertheless, the official statement said the claims were “taken very seriously,” adding that the family would address them all in private. In the end, it reminded that the former working royals, alongside their son, “will always be much loved family members.”