Prince Harry, 36, has confessed that he feels “let down” by his father Prince Charles. The Brit made the frank declaration during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, which released on CBS on March 7. He also used the chat as a chance to explain his relationship with his older brother, Prince William, whom he said he “loves to bits.”
Sitting next to his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry opens up his feelings during Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A Primetime Special. After disclosing during the broadcast that there was a time that the next in line to the throne had stopped taking his calls, he said that they were now in connection once again.
“There’s a lot to work through there,” he said about his relationship with Prince Charles. “I feel let down because he’s been through something similar. He knows what pain feels like and Archie’s his grandson. But, at the same time, of course, I will always love him. But there’s a lot of hurts that’s happened and I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship.”
Prince Harry’s statements came after he and his 39-year-old wife made a series of surprising claims about the royal family. They comprised Meghan claiming that – adverse to tabloid reports that she had made her sister-in-law Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, cry before her May 2018 wedding – Prince William’s wife had actually “hurt” her “feelings.”
Sources have reached out to Buckingham Palace for verification on that point, but Prince Harry himself disclosed to Oprah what his relationship with his only brother is like amid the constant belief that there is a rift between the two.
“I love William to bits…” he said about the 38-year-old future king. “We’ve been through hell together…a shared experience, but we’re on different paths.” “The relationship is space at the moment and time heals all things, hopefully,” he added.
The prince also expressed Meghan’s earlier statements that someone in the royal family believed about the darkness of their unborn child’s skin, during his biracial wife’s first pregnancy. That discussion, the couple said, was amid a refusal to either give the child a royal title or protection.
When Oprah directly asked who made the declarations and exactly what was said, Prince Harry declined to elaborate. “That conversation I’m never going to share but at the time it was awkward. I was a bit shocked,” he said.
Acknowledging that he was “not comfortable” sharing more, he did say that it took place “right at the beginning. What will the kids look like? That was right at the beginning when she wasn’t going to get security…”
The Duke of Sussex also brushed up on his relationship with the remaining of the family, including his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. “I’ve spoken more to my grandmother in the last year than I have in many, many years,” he said, before admitting that he and the monarch have “a really good relationship and understanding.”
Meghan told Oprah that, when she found out that Prince Philip, 99, had been taken to hospital in February, she had called her grandmother-in-law to check-in.
Meghan and Harry’s most awaited interview is the first time that they have explicitly spoken about why they agreed to step down as senior royals and quit the U.K. and establishment in January 2020. The interview comprised a series of shocking disclosures comprising Meghan’s admission that she felt suicidal at one point and the Duke’s assumption that his royal relatives feel “trapped.”
As for the couple, despite the strict treatment by the tabloids and tension within the royal family, they declare that they have had their happy ending. Meghan – who is pregnant with a baby girl said, “greater than any fairytale you’ve ever read.” Meanwhile, Prince Harry said that “without question” his wife “saved” him.