Last week, Prince Harry sharply criticized his father’s upbringing in a podcast. His statements are particularly surprising in view of the fact that the American by choice still raved about his relationship with Prince Charles a few years ago.
In conversation with actor Dax Shepard, 46, for his podcast “Armchair Expert” it got personal. Prince Harry, 36, stated, among other things, that his father “suffered” in his childhood and “treated himself as he was treated”. With his own children, Archie, 2, and his unborn daughter, he wants to “break this vicious circle,” said the former senior royal. The allegations are serious against Prince Charles, 72, and his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, 95. A few years ago it sounded very different.
Prince Harry and Prince Charles in a father-son interview
In a joint radio interview for the BBC Radio 4’s Today show in 2017, the 36-year-old spoke highly of the father-son relationship. In addition to mental health and ISIS, it was also about climate change. “We could talk about whatever we’re doing for hours, but not with a microphone in front of us,” Harry joked at the time. “I totally see and understand it because of all the years and conversations we’ve had.” He’s asking his father for advice more than ever, he explained.
At that time, Prince Charles only found loving words for his youngest. “Well, my dear boy, it makes me very proud when I think about your understanding,” said the heir to the throne. For years he “bored to death” his son when it came to the subject of the environment, the 72-year-old recalled. When Harry explains that his generation has hope of finding solutions to climate change, his father was almost bursting with pride. “My dear boy, the fact that you are saying this fills me with immense optimism because I did not scare you off,” he said, delighted at his son’s interest in this important topic. He wanted to “ensure that you and your children, my grandchildren, can live in a world that offers them opportunities”.
Prince Charles doesn’t let the mood spoil
Prince Harry speaks of “pain and suffering” in education
What sounds to the audience at the time like a loving conversation between father and son who appreciate each other, Prince Harry puts in a new light four years later. “I think we shouldn’t point the finger at anyone or blame anyone, but when it comes to parenting I’ve experienced some kind of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering my father or parents are likely to experience. I will make sure that this vicious circle is broken so that I don’t pass it on to my children “, so the harsh words of the emigrant on May 13, 2021 in the” Armchair Expert “podcast. “There’s a lot of genetic pain that is just passed on, so we as parents should try everything and say, ‘You know what, it happened to me so I’ll make sure it doesn’t happen to you’.”
“The damage is done”
Will Prince Charles ever be able to forgive his son for these public charges? Grant Harrold, a former butler to Charles, Harry, and William, doesn’t believe their relationship will recover. “The damage is done,” he explains in the British documentary “Charles & Harry: Father and Son Divided” according to the “Sun”. “And that makes me sad because the relationship I knew – which was a loving, caring, fun relationship – can never be the same again.”
Sources used: express.co.uk, etonline.com, pagesix.com