Prince Charles’ relationship with Prince Harry is said to be at an “all-time low” after barely speaking all year despite attempts to “cleanse the air”.
Prince Charles and Prince Harry’s relationship has come under intense scrutiny since Oprah Winfrey’s interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex aired earlier this year. This saw Prince Harry describe his father as ‘trapped’ in the institution, before claiming Prince Charles stopped answering his calls after he and Meghan Markle left royal life. This was later followed by an appearance on a podcast where the prince opened up about the “genetic pain and suffering” he claimed had been “passed on” to him – remarks which led Prince Charles to be questioned. by journalists.
Now, it has been suggested that the only contact between father and son has been a few ‘strained’ calls since their last face-to-face meeting at Prince Philip’s funeral in April. It comes as Prince Harry risked yet another family drama after publicly addressing the CBE scandal surrounding billionaire Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz and the Prince of Wales in a rare statement.
As reported by The Sun, a friend of Prince Charles claimed the eldest royal was “deeply shocked” by his son’s latest comments amid a difficult time for their relationship, described as an “all-time low “.
“Charles is deeply shocked and disappointed by Harry’s latest statement that effectively threw his father under the bus,” the source said. “There are concerns that this episode with Mahfouz may even be a chapter in Harry’s autobiography.”
They continued, “This attack was more damaging than the blow to Charles’ parenting because it was a challenge to the way he conducted his business which is much more damaging to the future king. There is no way Charles can defend himself and publicly defend himself, so he maintains a dignified silence. These constant bites about his American father could be very damaging to his reign. “
But while the Prince of Wales may have chosen not to publicly “hit back” against his son with his own statement, it appears that despite various reported attempts to “clean the air” this year, they have “barely spoken. “.
The source added: ‘Attempts have been made to purify the air, but they have hardly spoken since the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral. Charles loves his son very much and he won’t make a noise to Harry in return. It is that simple. He’s not going to join us because loving his son is the most important thing.
Prince Harry’s recent statement on the controversy dubbed the ‘Honors Scandal’ comes after allegations have come to light that wealthy people are able to buy themselves titles after donating large sums to affiliated charities to the royal family.
The Duke of Sussex’s comments specifically focused on one donor in particular, Saudi billionaire Mahfouz Marei Mubarak, to whom Prince Charles presented a CBE at Buckingham Palace. Clarence House has previously said the Prince of Wales had “no knowledge” of the scandal, reiterating that his charities “operate to the highest standards”.
As speculation on Prince Charles and Prince Harry’s relationship continues, it is unclear when the couple could meet again in person. It has previously been suggested that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will stay in the US rather than join the Queen in Sandringham for Christmas in the UK.
If the Sussexes celebrate in California this year, it could be several more months before Prince Charles and Prince Harry can build bridges with each other and mend their once close bond.