Prince Harry’s family relationships ‘at an all-time low’ after constant lashing out
Prince Harry: Expert on Charles' 'dignified silence' over claims
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The Duke of Sussex has openly criticised his The Firm, both as an institution and individuals within it. His interview with Oprah Winfrey, along with his wife Meghan Markle, accused an unnamed member of the family of making racist comments about Archie before he was born. Harry also claimed his father stopped taking his calls while they were in Canada and said both Prince Charles and his brother Prince William were “trapped” in the institution.
Meanwhile, Meghan dragged Kate into the conversation by claiming her sister-in-law made her cry in the lead up to her wedding, contrary to reports that year, which said it was the other way around.
Harry continued to air the family’s dirty laundry during his appearance on the Armchair Expert podcast and in his mental health docu-series on Apple TV+ entitled ‘The Me You Can’t See’.
All this is in direct contradiction to the Royal Family’s ethos of “never complain, never explain”.
Katie Nicholl, royal correspondent at Vanity Fair, told the Channel 5 documentary ‘Meghan and Harry: 3 Troubled Years’ that relationships were at “an all-time low”.
She said: “I don’t think anyone really could have imagined that we would be in this situation we’re in where we’ve got Prince Harry living overseas in America with his wife.
“Familial relationships are at an all-time low.
“He’s not really speaking to his brother, his relationship with his father has really suffered.
“So I think it’s quite a sad situation.”
Meghan has not spoken to her father Thomas Markle in three years and that seems unlikely to change, even though they are now living on the same continent.
However, it is understood that she still sees her mother Doria Ragland, who lives fairly close by in Los Angeles.
The Duchess of Sussex recently released a children’s book about the relationship between father and child and the irony of focusing on fatherhood was not lost on her critics.
Piers Morgan claimed she “ruthlessly disowned” her own father and Harry “trashed his” in the Oprah interview, while Charles’ father Prince Philip was in hospital.
Speaking about his relationship with his father, Harry told Oprah: “There’s a lot to work through there, you know?
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“I feel really let down because he’s been through something similar. He knows what pain feels like, and this is… and Archie is his grandson.
“But at the same time, you know, I, 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 heal that relationship.”
While Charles has stayed completely silent on the issue publicly, William did respond when he was asked outside an engagement whether the Royal Family is racist.
He insisted that they were “very much not” a racist family.
Julie Montagu, Viscountess Hinchingbrooke, told the Channel 5 documentary: “We’ve not only seen Meghan and Harry be stripped of, really, their HRH titles, but now of course we’ve had the bombshell interview with Oprah.
“And all of a sudden it’s literally accusation after accusation airing, in one sense, the dirty laundry of the Royal Family for the whole world to see.”
However, Harry argued that he was simply responding to his family’s lack of support.
He told Oprah: “There was an opportunity, many opportunities, for my family to show some public support, yet no one from my family ever said anything over those three years. That hurts.”
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