Prince Harry and Prince Charles aren’t fighting, but there’s still a tremendous amount of tension. Harry’s 72-year-old father isn’t sure he’ll ever be able to forgive his son for the now-famous Oprah interview.
A source revealed to Us Weekly that Prince Charles hasn’t yet forgiven Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for leaving the monarchy and opening up about internal disagreements. According to the source, “with the way things are going, Charles may never forgive Harry, which hasn’t gone down well with Elizabeth.”
The 95-year-old queen sees things from a different perspective, understanding that securing the monarchy is more important than petty squabbles. “She feels that [Prince Charles] is putting his pride before the best interest of the monarchy. She has enough on her plate dealing with the loss of her husband. It’s drama she can do without.”
The centuries-old monarchy may already be on its last legs, and Queen Elizabeth may do anything to keep it afloat. Reports have already indicated that Prince William is ready to put the awkward tension behind him. But Prince Charles hasn’t gotten to that point yet.
“They’re definitely not at the point where they speak on a regular basis,” the source said, speaking of Prince Harry and his father. “William wants to be the bigger person and set a precedent. He believes that in order to repair damage and destruction from Harry’s interview, the best approach is to keep things civil with his brother rather than fanning the flames and fighting back with a tit-for-tat attitude. Elizabeth is proud of William for taking the dignified approach, unlike Charles, who still hasn’t forgiven Harry for dragging his name through the mud.”
During his interview in March, Prince Harry accused a member of the royal family of racism, though he didn’t reveal a name. It was then that Harry also revealed that his father stopped taking his calls. It was later revealed that the battling princes shared a phone call before Prince Philip’s funeral, which indicated a step in the right direction. Instead, Prince Charles is walking backward.
Prince Harry spoke of his father-son relationship during the interview, saying that “this is not a surprise to anybody. It’s really sad that it’s got to this point. 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.”
Harry and Meghan left the royal family in 2020, creating a very bad dynamic in the family. Though it seems that Harry and his older brother William have begun to patch things up, it may be a long time before Prince Charles forgives Harry – if he ever does at all.
“Unfortunately, Harry and Charles didn’t resolve their differences when Harry returned to the U.K. They barely communicated,” a source explained to Us Weekly. “There definitely continues to be a huge wedge between the two.”
That wedge is part of a larger problem. Many Brits are calling for abolishing the Monarchy. They no longer find the fighting interesting. They think the Monarchy is antiquated, and it’s past its prime.
Though a lot would need to happen before the Monarchy crumbled, like “legislation, an act of Parliament … signed by the Sovereign to end the monarchy” according to a royal expert. It’s likely the monarchy won’t end anytime soon.