Prince Charles Can’t Deal With Prince Harry’s Criticisms, Royal Expert Claims

Prince Harry has been open and honest about his feelings toward the British royal family. Though royal fans and experts were stunned when he and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, annouced their resignation from royal life in January 2020, it’s clear that this was the best course of action for the Sussexes. Since then, the pair have moved to Califonia, where they are raising their two children, Archie Harrison and Lilibeth Diana.

The royal couple has been working on various for-profit and charitable ventures. Also, they’ve revealed the course of events that led them to decide to leave royal life. In addition to getting candid about Megxit, Prince Harry has also been opening up about growing up in the royal family and the trauma he endured as a result.

Though the 36-year-old prince is simply sharing his perspective on things, his father, Prince Charles, is reportedly having a challenging time taking it all in.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Prince Harry laugh during the Invictus Games Opening Ceremony on September 10, 2014 in London, England.
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Prince Charles and Prince Harry’s relationship is currently strained

From the outside, Prince Charles always seemed very supportive of Prince Charles and Meghan’s union. However, in a shocking interview with Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry revealed that his father did little to aid him or Meghan when they begged for his help amid their struggles in the royal fold. “There’s a lot to work through there,” Prince Harry explained to Oprah about his relationship with his father. “I feel really let down because he’s been through something similar.”

Since then, Prince Harry has revealed some of the troubling things he endured from childhood due to his father’s parenting.

“I never saw it, I never knew about it, and then suddenly I started to piece it together and go ‘OK, so this is where he went to school, this is what happened, I know this about his life,” he explained on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast. “I also know that is connected to his parents, so that means he’s treated me the way he was treated, so how can I change that for my own kids.”

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Prince Charles can’t deal with Prince Harry’s criticisms royal expert claims

Prince Charles is reportedly not handling Prince Harry’s criticisms of him and his parenting very well. Royal expert Stewart Pearce says the future king’s reaction to his son’s revelation is to retreat, which is exactly what we did in the face of his crumbling marriage to Princess Diana.

“That’s what Charles does.…He can’t deal with it because of his sensitivity, so he hides,” the Diana, The Voice of Change author told Us Weekly. “And what Harry’s trying to do is to heal that. Not out of umbrage, not out of anger or revenge or criticism or accusation.…I felt that he was just somebody saying, ‘This is the way that it is, and this is why we want to make change.'”

However, it’s evident that Prince Harry isn’t trying to bash his family.

Prince Harry wants to heal his relationship with the British royal family

As challenging as these past few years have been for the royal family, it’s clear that amid the birth of Lilbeth Diana and Prince Philip’s death that the royals are looking for a way forward. “The stories we’ve heard about the boys not getting on or disparagement between Harry and his father is the stuff of all our lives,” Pearce told The Sun. “In Harry’s tone of expression, we do not hear spleen, anger, revenge, reprisal and hear no form of disrespect.”