The fallout continues after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired on March 7. The red-headed royal, 36, touched upon his strained relationship with his father, Prince Charles, and now the Prince of Wales is "in a state of despair," an insider claimed to Vanity Fair.
“For Prince Harry to say that he felt let down by his father must have been a difficult thing to say and hard for Charles to hear,” royal author Sarah Gristwood told the outlet. “Now, just at a time when by and large Charles had started to look like a more popular King than one would have guessed, here’s a major blow to his reputation. That his son felt let down by him. It’s hard to know if Harry is aware of the damage this has done. Did he actually intend to cast this damaging light on his father and his family? We don’t know.”
During the interview, the dad-of-one revealed his father "stopped taking his calls" at one point. Now, the two are on better terms.
"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," he revealed. "But they only know what they know. I have tried to educate them from the process I have been educated."
For his part, Charles made his first appearance since the interview aired on March 9 when he stopped by a coronavirus vaccine clinic in London.
"Sir, can I ask you, what did you think of the interview?" one reporter asked, which was caught on camera by ITV's Lizzie Robinson. However, Charles continued walking out the door and made no comment about his son's claims.
The Palace has yet to respond to Meghan and Harry's accusations, but royal expert Omid Scobie says "they are taking their time to work on an appropriate statement."
"I think we can expect something this week. What that will say or address is another issue altogether," he added.