Charles is set to ensure that his two-year-old grandson, Archie Harrison, will never be a Prince. The Prince of Wales has reportedly made it clear to Harry and Meghan Markle that Archie will have no place among senior royals when he ascends the throne as he plans a slimmed-down monarchy. Charles is also set to make no effort to see Harry when his second-born son visits the UK to unveil a statue of Princess Diana later this year.
The reports come as father and son arguably find their relationship in its worst ever state.
And royal author Tom Quinn believes the “gulf” between Charles and Harry has “widened considerably”.
Speaking to Channel 5’s ‘Charles and Harry: Father and Son Divided’, he said: “Charles tried to be a more modern parent but didn’t have the tools because he didn’t grow up with them.
“There’s no doubt the gulf between Charles and Harry has widened considerably.
“It will be very difficult to bridge that divide in future. I can’t see how they can do it.”
The rift between the two was exacerbated considerably after Harry joined Meghan in a sit-down interview with TV legend Oprah Winfrey.
The couple made a number of astonishing claims about the Firm ‒ including the allegation that a member of the Royal Family made racist remarks about baby Archie before he was born.
Meghan alleged that she received no support from the Palace after seeking help over mental health.
But the claims from Harry may have been the most hurtful for Charles.
Oprah quizzed: “Please explain how you, Prince Harry, raised in a Palace and a life of privilege ‒ literally, a Prince, how you were trapped?”
To this, he replied: “Trapped within the system, like the rest of my family are.
“My father and my brother, they are trapped. They don’t get to leave.
“And I have huge compassion for that.”
The suggestion that Charles, a man who has devoted his entire life to one day becoming King, is “trapped” in the institution will undoubtedly have hurt the 72-year-old.
Harry’s claims about his father grew more personal as he told Oprah, and the millions watching around the world, that Charles stopped taking his calls as the Sussexes looked to step back from the Royal Family.
And when asked if things had improved since, Harry offered an olive branch of sorts ‒ but not before clarifying how hard it would be for their relationship to recover.
Oprah probed: “Your relationship with your father? Is he taking your calls now?”
To this, Harry said: “Yeah. Yeah, he is. There’s a lot to work through there, you know?
“I feel really let down, because he’s been through something similar.
“He knows what pain feels like, and this is, and Archie’s his grandson.
“At the same time, you know, I, of course I will always, I will always love him, but there’s a lot of hurt that’s happened.
“And I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK