Prince Harry ‘has frozen out close friends as they’re bad influence’

Has Prince Harry dropped his former wingman? Royal ‘has frozen out close friends including Tom Inskip as they’re a bad influence’ – and Meghan ‘doesn’t want any temptations as they prepare to start a family’

  • Members of Prince Harry’s old posse are said to have been ‘airbrushed out’ 
  • They include childhood friend Tom Inskip, whose wedding he went to last year
  • PR guru Astrid Harbord is also said to have been ‘dropped’, sources say 

Prince Harry has ‘dropped’ close friends including former wingman Tom ‘Skippy’ Inskip in case they’re a ‘bad influence’, insiders say.

The Duke of Sussex, 34, is said to have frozen out some of his ‘old posse’ as Meghan doesn’t want any ‘temptations’ as they prepare to start a family.

Harry was one of Tom’s ushers at his Jamaican wedding last year, which was also attended by Meghan, 37. 

However, he and another one of Harry’s friends, PR guru Astrid Harbord, are said to have been ‘airbrushed out’.

Prince Harry (pictured with Meghan in Sussex last week) is said to have ‘dropped’ close friends since marrying Meghan in case they’re a ‘bad influence’, according to insiders 

Speaking to the Express, a friend said: ‘Like several others who were considered a questionable influence on Harry during his bad old bachelor days, Tom has been dropped, even though he himself now has a lovely wife, Lara.’

The source added: ‘It’s all part of Meghan’s quiet airbrushing out of Harry’s old posse. She doesn’t want temptation – of any sort – being put in his way while they concentrate on starting a family.’

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Both Tom and his wife Lara Hughes-Young attended the royal wedding in May, while Tom was also seen partying with Princess Beatrice at the exclusive LouLou’s club in Mayfair last month.

Tom, who is a banker, is one of Harry’s childhood friends from Eton, and was considered to be his ‘wingman’.

Harry, 34, is said to have frozen out former wingman Tom Inskip, a former childhood friend from Eton. Tom is pictured here at the royal wedding with wife Lara 

He was with Harry during his infamous trip to Las Vegas in 2012, when the prince was photographed naked during a game of ‘strip billiards’. 

Tom also partied with Harry during a trip to Croatia the previous year, when they  were photographed jumping into a pool fully-clothed at a nightclub. 

Harry had a key role at Tom’s wedding in Jamaica in 2017, which marked one of Meghan’s first appearances with the royal in public. 

Astrid, a friend of the Duchess of Cambridge, was also known to be a member of Harry’s former posse, and has previously been romantically linked to the prince.

Another one of Harry’s friends, PR guru Astrid Harbord, is also said to have been ‘dropped’. Astrid is pictured here with Princess Beatrice at the Serpentine party in June  

She was spotted in 2009 going back to Clarence House with royal at 3am after a night on the town. 

The reports of Harry freezing out his old friends comes after it was suggested that Meghan was finding it hard to know who to trust.

A source told People last month: ‘Meghan has lost touch with some of her close friends from before the wedding, which has been tough.’  

Kensington Palace has declined to comment.

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