In March, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan sat down with Oprah for a revealing interview about life in the royal family, and the Duke of Sussex claimed there was ‘a lot of wrong’ between him and his father .
The relationship was said to have deteriorated so badly that Prince Charles had stopped taking his son’s calls.
According to royal commentator Julie Montagu, the interview left viewers in no doubt that “there is a real rift” between Prince Charles and Prince Harry.
Speaking on Channel 5’s Charles and Harry: Father and Son Divided, which aired on Saturday night, Ms Montagu said: ‘The person who was really thrown to the ground in this interview with multiple punches was 100% Prince Charles .
“What should be remembered from this interview is that there is a real divide, there is a real distance, there is a real anger.”
Relationship psychologist Anjula Mutanda added: “You could see it was difficult for Harry to talk about his relationship with his family, but at the same time, he wanted to.
“He wanted to get a message across that he struggled deeply with what was going on and that there were certain fractures in the relationship.
“These are seismic statements to be made about members of his own family, and I wonder from Charles’ perspective that he would have felt very exposed by his son.
During the bombshell interview with chat show host Oprah, Harry said he felt “really disappointed” with his father, saying, “He knows what pain feels like.
“Of course I will always love him, but there have been a lot of injuries and I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that. “
During the interview, which sent shockwaves around the world, former actress Meghan told her girlfriend Oprah that being part of The Firm is tough.
The Duchess of Sussex made the statements after admitting that becoming a royal was difficult after ‘living a truly independent life’ before marrying Prince Harry.
Meghan has recounted how – what many would think of to be a fairytale existence – isn’t as idyllic as it looks, due to not having the usual freedoms she had before she became Ms Mountbatten. Windsor.
The interview – in which the two were not paid for participating – rocked the world with several allegations.
The couple have also said they are financially cut off from the royal family, racist comments about Archie’s complexion, relying on Princess Diana’s legacy to survive, and Prince Harry has revealed that his father, Prince Charles had stopped taking his calls.
The Duke and Duchess admitted being part of the family has left them feeling ‘trapped’ and ‘silenced’.
Prince Harry spoke to Dax Shepard on Thursday about his upbringing, saying his father passed on ‘genetic pain’ and discussing how he wanted to ‘break that cycle’.
Speaking about his upbringing as a royal, Prince Harry told Shepard in his ‘Armchair Expert’ podcast: “Regarding parenthood, if I have felt any form of pain or suffering because of the pain or from the suffering that maybe my father or my parents had suffered, I will make sure to break this cycle so as not to pass it on.
“It’s a lot of genetic pain and suffering that is passed on anyway, so we parents should do our best to try and say ‘you know what, this happened to me, I’m going to make sure that it’s not. ‘It’s not happening to you. ”
Harry said as he got older he realized Charles was raising him the same way he was raised himself, and he wanted to change that for his own children.
Charles & Harry: Father & Son Divided airs on Channel 5 on Saturday May 15 at 9 p.m.