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Harry Says He Felt ‘Really Let Down’ By His Father Prince Charles

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – SEPTEMBER 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Prince Harry attend the Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on September 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Prince Harry on Sunday revealed he felt “really let down” by his father Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, as he and wife Meghan opened up about quitting Britain, the harsh treatment by the British press and the lack of support from the royal family.


American talk show host Oprah Winfrey asked Harry during a two hour CBS interview with the couple how his relationship had been with Prince Charles since they moved to the United States.

“I had three conversations with my grandmother, and two conversations with my father before he stopped taking my calls. And then he said, can you put this all in writing?”

Asked why Charles had stopped taking his calls, Harry said: “By that point I took matters into my own hands, it was like, I needed to do this for my family. This is not a surprise to anybody. It’s really sad that it’s got to this point, but I’ve got to do something for my own mental health, my wife’s and for Archie’s as well.”

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“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 Archie’s his grandson,” an emotional Harry said.

“But at the same time, of course I will always love him but there’s a lot of hurt that’s happened and I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship.”

He added that Charles — the heir to the throne — and Harry’s older brother William were “trapped” by the conventions of the monarchy, but vowed that he would “always love” his father.

“My father and my brother, they are trapped. They don’t get to leave. And I have huge compassion for that.”

In January 2020, the Duke and Duchess announced that they were stepping back from their role as senior members of the royal family, and would balance their time between the United Kingdom and North America. A statement released by the Palace confirmed that the Duke and Duchess were to become financially independent and cease to represent the Queen.

After some months in Canada, Prince Harry moved to California with his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and son, Archie.

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