The Royal Family’s relationship with Prince Harry has been described as hanging by a thread amid the barrage of so-called truth bombs dropped by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, such as the tell-all sit down with Oprah Winfrey and the Prince’s interview as part of a series on mental health.
The Queen is described as being “deeply upset” by what she regards as a succession of “very personal” barbed attacks on the Royal Family by Prince Harry, claimed sources.
The 95-year old Monarch has reportedly been profoundly shaken by her grandson’s public statements since the bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview given by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in early March.
Prince Harry had recently again joined forces with the chat show host, this time as part of an American documentary series on mental health which he produced alongside Winfrey.
This time, in a fresh bout of venting, Prince Harry detailed his mental struggles following the death of his mother, Princess Diana, in a car crash when he was 12.
A week earlier, the royal appeared on a mental wellness podcast to stir further controversy as he criticized his father, Prince Charles, for his parental attitude.
Previous reports suggested that amid mounting ire among palace aides there have been calls for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to give up their titles.
The younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales, has reportedly shocked royal aides with his criticism of his father’s parenting skills and, by implication, those of the Queen and the late Prince Philip.
The sixth in the line of succession to the British throne had blasted Prince Charles’ parenting in the mental health series with Oprah Winfrey, asserting that his father told him he would suffer the same problems he did.
“My father used to say to me when I was younger, he used to say to both William and I, ‘Well it was like that for me so it’s going to be like that for you’,” Prince Harry stated.
“That doesn’t make sense. Just because you suffered doesn’t mean that your kids have to suffer, in fact quite the opposite,” he added.
Prince Harry also discussed traumatic memories from his childhood, such as the death of his mother Princess Diana in the 1997 car crash after being chased by the paparazzi.
“The clicking of cameras and the flashes of cameras makes my blood boil. It makes me angry. It takes me back to what happened to my mum, what I experienced as a kid,” said Prince Harry.
Despite the continuing onslaught of revelations coming from the Duke of Sussex, Prince Charles is understood to maintain hope of a reconciliation with his younger son, according to palace sources.
“I don’t think the Prince will cut his son off despite what Harry has said. Charles will want to engage, but it’s fair to say what Harry has said in both interviews with Oprah has been seen as very callous within the family. If Harry was to attack the Queen in a more personal way, Charles would close ranks with the Queen without a doubt and Harry would be out in the cold,” an insider quoted by the outlet as saying.
Prince Harry, who together with his wife Meghan Markle officially stepped down from senior royal duties in March 2020 to relocate to California, has repeatedly heavily criticized the royal institution as well as his own Father – Prince Charles – for failing to help him process the grief of losing his Mother, while also failing miserably at protecting him and his brother, Prince William, from undue media attention.
The Duke of Sussex also accused the palace and British media of a combined effort to smear his wife, Meghan Markle, ahead of their first Oprah Winfrey interview about the decision to quit royal life.
The lengthy interview with Winfrey had abounded in critical commentary on the royal family. In particular, the couple had hinted at conversations within the fold on their son Archie’s skin color, and Meghan Markle’s suicidal thoughts.
Despite calls to postpone the controversial interview due to the fact that Prince Philip was receiving hospital treatment at the time, the bombshell scoop went on air on 7 March, plunging Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s popularity even lower in the UK. Prince Philip died at Windsor Castle on 9 April.
According to sources, the Royal Family has been struggling to understand why the prince has embarked on this journey of devastating truth bombs or what he hopes to achieve.