While speaking with Oprah Winfrey about the royal family, Prince Harry revealed that he's not that close with his father, Prince Charles, which has created some tension over the years.
"There’s a lot to work through there. I feel really let down because he’s been through something similar, he knows what pain feels like, and Archie is his grandson, but at the same time, I of course, will always love him, but there’s a lot of hurt that happened and I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship," the 36-year-old told Winfrey in an interview that aired on March 7. "But they only know what they know. I have tried to educate them from the process I have been educated."
“He demonstrably failed as a father to his own family. You can detect that in Harry’s careful cry ‘I feel really let down,'" author Clive Irving claimed to the Daily Express. “Harry and William had a father who didn’t love their mother. They were left to figure out whether he loved them. They are probably still undecided on that. That has consequences.”
On March 9, Buckingham Palace responded to Meghan and Harry's allegations, adding that Queen Elizabeth II is "saddened" after they claimed someone in the royal family was "concerned" over Archie's skin color.
"The monarchy is an institution but a peculiar one, can’t make up its mind if it’s a public or private one, though in fact it’s both," Irving said. “Its role is to provide public performances while, at the same time, the performers demand privacy and secrecy. That gets tricky with a problem like racism."
“Is it institutional racism or outbreaks of individual bigotry? At heart it is an old-fashioned family culture and bound to include a range of problematic people," Irving asked. “The old Victorian word was ‘people of quality’ – these are all supposed to be such people. But [Prince] Andrew is definitely not a person of quality. Nor was his wife. Will and Kate are people of quality. And, of course, the Queen and Philip are. Charles thinks he is, but he’s one of the reasons for this current catastrophe."
Charles has yet to comment on Harry's interview, but when he made a public appearance on March 9, he avoided a question about the tell-all.
“He chuckled and carried on walking,” Daily Express royal correspondent Richard Palmer — who also was at the event — tweeted.