Prince Charles, 72, was among senior royals to come under fire from the Sussexes in their extraordinary sitdown interview with Oprah Winfrey which aired in the UK on Monday night. Speaking to the chatshow host Prince Harry, 36, said Charles had “stopped taking my calls”.
Asked if he and Meghan blindsided the Queen with their Megxit proposal, Harry told Oprah: “No, I . . . when we were in Canada, I had three conversations with my grandmother and two conversations with my father and – before he stopped taking my calls – and he said, ‘Can you put this all in writing what your plan is?'”
Asked why Charles stopped taking his calls, Harry responded: “Because I took matters in . . . by that point, I took matters into my own hands.
“It was like, ‘I need to do this for my family.
“‘This is not a surprise to anybody. It’s really sad that it’s gotten to this point but I’ve got to do something for my own mental health, my wife’s and for Archie’s as well.’ Because I could see where this was headed.”
Later on in the interview, Oprah asked Harry how his relationship with his father currently stands and whether he was now answering Harry’s phone calls
The Duke said: “Yeah. Yeah, he is. There’s a lot to work through there, you know?
“I feel really let down because he’s been through something similar. He knows what pain feels like, and this is …and Archie’s his grandson.
“And …but, at the same time, you know, I, of course, I will always . . . I will always love him, but there’s a lot of hurt that’s happened.”
Harry added: “And … and I will continue to … to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship. And, but they only know what they know, and that’s the thing. I’ve tried to…”
A royal biographer has defended Prince Charles against Harry’s comments and called the Duke a “spoilt and ungrateful young man.”
Responding to Harry’s comments about Charles’s in the interview with Oprah, royal biographer and author of The King and Di: The True Story, Howard Hodgson told Express.co.uk: “The Prince of Wales has dedicated his life to both duty and his children.”
The expert claimed while Charles had been a supportive father, his son had not reciprocated.
Earlier this year Prince Charles and Camilla received a barrage of online abuse from trolls following a fictional portrayal of their affair during Charles’s marriage to Princess Diana in season four of Netflix drama The Crown.
When Harry was asked about the Crown during an appearance of The Late Late Show with James Corden, The Duke replied: “It’s fictional.
“But it’s loosely based on truth. Of course, it’s not strictly accurate but it loosely gives you a rough idea of that lifestyle and the pressure of putting duty and service above family and everything else and what can come from that.”
According to Mr Hodgson, Harry could have more to defend his father’s public image when presented with an opportunity to rubbish The Crown.
The royal author said: “I can’t ever remember Harry supporting his father – even as recently as on the Late Late Show.
Mr Hodgson added: “It is unthinkable that Prince Charles would ever go on TV to criticise anyone in his family.”
According to Mr Hodgson, Prince Charles has always steered clear from publically criticising relatives even when the breakdown of his marriage to Princess Diana was at its peak.
Mr Hodgson added: “He was even incredibly defensive of the late Princess of Wales, when I was writing my biography, despite all the untrue stories she had invented to discredit him and which were so inaccurately repeated in the ‘Crown’ series last year.”
The author slammed Harry claiming if he really wanted to step back then he wouldn’t have done the Oprah interview, which has been watched by millions.
Mr Hodgson said: “Harry is a spoilt and ungrateful young man – who if he really wanted to step back would hardly be doing mass audience TV shows now.
“Like his mother and his wife, he has a taste for celebrity and publicity – as long as he is on the nice side of coverage.”