‘Peacemaker’ Prince Charles extends hand to Harry as he seeks to mend the rift

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PRINCE CHARLES has spoken out about how he tries to be a “peacemaker”, in what could be a reference to controversy over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s decision to quit royal life.

Charles described how he tries to “bring people together” in an interview ahead of his historic two-day visit to the Middle East earlier this week. It comes after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex sparked a crisis over their plans to step back from royal duties. 

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Charles said: “I have spent much of my life trying to bring people together.”

Asked if he considered himself a peacemaker, he said: “I try. I’d rather be a peacemaker.”

Charles added that he has been praying for peace in the Middle East.

He said: “I do think the most important thing is a just and lasting peace.

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Prince Charles has spoken out about how he tries to be a “peacemaker” (Image: GETTY)

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sparked a crisis over their plans to step back from royal duties (Image: GETTY)

“Yes, I do pray. I pray very hard all the time.”

It comes as the Sussexes are dropping their HRH styles and setting up home in Canada.

Harry was reunited with Meghan and Archie earlier this week after carrying out one of his last royal engagements.

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Charles made the comments ahead of his historic two-day visit to the Middle East earlier this week (Image: GETTY)

They are currently staying in a £10million mansion on Vancouver Island.

In a speech at an event for his charity Sentebale last Sunday, Harry insisted he had “no other option” but to walk away for a “more peaceful life”.

He said: “Once Meghan and I were married, we were excited, we were hopeful, and we were here to serve.

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The Sussexes are dropping their HRH styles and setting up home in Canada (Image: GETTY)

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Harry insisted he had “no other option” but to walk away for a “more peaceful life” (Image: GETTY)

“For those reasons, it brings me great sadness that it has come to this.

“The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back, is not one I made lightly.

“It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges.

“And I know I haven’t always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option.

“What I want to make clear is we’re not walking away, and we certainly aren’t walking away from you.

“Our hope was to continue serving the Queen, the Commonwealth, and my military associations, but without public funding. Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible.

“I’ve accepted this, knowing that it doesn’t change who I am or how committed I am.

“But I hope that helps you understand what it had to come to, that I would step my family back from all I have ever known, to take a step forward into what I hope can be a more peaceful life.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK