PRINCE CHARLES attended crisis talks at Sandringham on Monday to discuss the future role of his son, Prince Harry. But according to one royal expert, there’s a reason why Charles couldn’t stop Harry from leaving the Royal Family.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced their plans to “step back” as senior members of the Royal Family. While Harry’s father Prince Charles has been involved in the talks surrounding their future, many have speculated why the Prince of Wales could not have prevented his son’s decision in the first place.
Camilla Tominey, royal expert and Associate Editor at the Telegraph, wrote in the Spectator this week that both Prince William and Prince Harry “do not really listen” to him.
Ms Tominey wrote: “Many have questioned why, as William and Harry’s father and only living parent, Charles has not been able to broker peace between his once inseparable sons.
“The truth is the royal brothers do not really listen to the ‘Papa’ they have long seemed to regard with a degree of affectionate ridicule.
“Charles has always been desperate for the approval of his two self-confessed ‘mummy’s boys’ and so historically has had to bring in outsiders to read the riot act, such as their former joint private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton.”
Prince Charles heartbreak: The reason Charles couldn’t stop Prince Harry from leaving (Image: GETTY)
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And according to Ms Tominey’s article, Prince Harry’s relationship with his father suffered following the Sussexes decision to split from Kensington Palace.
She added: “But his [Harry’s] own relationship with their father suffered a severe blow when, in agreement with the Queen, Charles refused to let the Sussexes set up their own ‘court’ at Windsor after they split their household from the Cambridges’ at Kensington Palace last spring.”
Many have speculated the arrival of Prince Harry’s baby son Archie is at the heart of the Duke’s decision to leave royal life behind.
In their bombshell announcement on Instagram this week, the Duke and Duchess said they planned to split their time between North America and the UK, in a move they said would benefit their son.
Prince Charles heartbreak: Prince Charles has been involved in talks over his son’s future (Image: GETTY)
In a statement on Instagram, the Sussexes said: “This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.”
JJ Chalmers, a friend of Prince Harry who also served with him in Afghanistan, spoke to BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland programme about Harry’s choice.
He said Prince Harry’s decision came down to his priorities for his son, and that Harry was “a father first and foremost, and a husband beside that”.
Mr Chalmers said: “When you have a child you realise that your life is not yours anymore.
“Your life is the responsibility of raising that right individual and raising them with the right principles and morals.
“When you consider what he and Meghan face from the media and social media, they’re definitely taking it upon themselves to protect him.”
Senior royals met at the Queen’s Sandringham estate on Monday, a gathering which was widely dubbed as the ‘Sandringham summit’.
The meeting marked the first time Prince Harry had met his family face-to-face since the Sussexes dropped their bombshell announcement.
Prince Charles heartbreak: Harry and Meghan announced they intended to ‘step back’ from their senior royal roles (Image: GETTY)
Following the crisis talks, the Queen appeared to be onboard with the Duke and Duchess’ decision.
In a statement issued by the Palace, the Queen stated she respected the couple’s decision to “create a new life as a young family”.
The Queen added: “Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.”
Details of the couple’s new arrangement are yet to be released, but in her statement the Queen said she has asked for plans to be finalised over the coming days.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK