The Prince of Wales and Duke of Sussex have reportedly had a strained relationship since Harry and Meghan Markle stepped back from their royal duties. During an interview earlier this year, Harry told US chat show host Oprah Winfrey that his father is “trapped” in the Royal Family.
He said Charles “stopped taking my calls” when the Sussexes decided to step back as senior royals.
Harry added that he felt “really let down” by his father and that “there’s a lot of hurt that’s happened”.
Stewart Pearce, Princess Diana’s former voice coach, spoke about how Charles distances himself from “emotional” situations.
He told Us Weekly: “As far as Meghan and Harry were concerned, they were ‘troubled’ by the lack of support received from the ‘men in grey suits,’ namely the household staff, and then the unfortunate lapse of contact with his father.
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“Charles is well known for distancing himself from emotional heightened situations as he is a very caring, sensitive man, and therefore chooses to wait to let strong feelings settle down before responding.”
Speaking on the podcast Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard last month, Harry describe how Charles “treated me the way he was treated” during a discussion about parenting.
He added: “There is no blame. I don’t think we should be pointing the finger or blaming anybody. But certainly when it comes to parenting, if I’ve experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents had suffered, I’m going to make sure I break that cycle so that I don’t pass it on, basically.
“It’s a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on anyway so we as parents should be doing the most we can to try and say ‘you know what, that happened to me, I’m going to make sure that doesn’t happen to you’.”
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Mr Pearce added that the recent birth of Meghan and Harry’s daughter should help heal the strained relationships with the Royal Family.
He said: “Babies always bring inordinate love, joy and hope and so yes.”
Meghan and Harry announced the news of the birth of their new baby Lilibet on Sunday.
In a statement on their Archewell website, the couple said: “On June 4, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili.
“She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe.
“Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”