Prince Harry Just Proved He’s Nothing Like His Father, Prince Charles

They say that kids inevitably grow up to be like their parents, even if they don’t mean to. But little by little, Prince Harry is proving that this isn’t always true.

Prince Charles wasn’t the most involved father when his kids were young. Instead, Princess Diana was the one fiercely devoting time to her boys as they grew, exposing them to the reality of the world and making sure they didn’t become spoiled.

This all changed when Princess Diana tragically died in a 1997 car crash. Suddenly, Prince Charles was forced to fulfill the role of primary parent, and he did so in a surprising manner. Those few weeks following Princess Diana’s death proved he had what it took to be an example to his sons.

But despite these positives, it’s clear that Prince Harry turned out nothing like Prince Charles. Here’s why.

Prince Charles and Prince Harry
Prince Charles and Prince Harry | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Prince Charles largely ignored Princess Diana’s turmoil

Numerous comparisons have been made between the plight of Princess Diana and the press and what’s happening now with Meghan Markle. One key difference? No one made a move to defend or protect Diana. Least of all Prince Charles.

For starters, the 20-year-old bride was absolutely unprepared for the media onslaught she was stepping into on that day in 1981. “One minute I was a nobody, the next minute I was Princess of Wales, mother, media toy, member of this family. It was too much for one person to handle,” she said in the book Diana: Her True Story.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles
Princess Diana and Prince Charles | Mirrorpix/Getty Images

Princess Diana asked for help and got nothing

The Princess of Wales was an emotional person and was prone to dramatic outbursts. However, her pleas to her husband fell on deaf ears.

“The sound of voices raised in anger and hysterical sobbing could be plainly heard from the suite of rooms occupied by the Prince and Princess of Wales at Sandringham House,” royal author Andrew Morton explained in the biography. “Diana pleaded, cajoled and quarreled violently with Charles as she tried to win his assistance.”

“The Prince [of Wales] seemed incapable of understanding or wishing to comprehend the turmoil in Diana’s life,” he continued.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry has been defending Meghan Markle at every turn

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

This behavior stands in stark contrast to how things are going with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Instead of shrinking back and ignoring malicious comments made by the media, the Duke of Sussex is taking a stand against questionable practices.

Most recently, he announced an epic lawsuit against the tabloids that would change everything in the royal family. “We have continued to put on a brave face… I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been,” Harry wrote in a statement explaining why he was suing two British tabloids.

“My deepest fear is history repeating itself. I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces,” he continued.

Prince Harry will keep fighting the media

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In Tembisa, Johannesburg, today The Duke and Duchess visited to meet young entrepreneurs at the YES hub – a hive for creativity and social enterprise. Their visit was an amazing tour of the ingenuity and opportunity – seeing businesses that varied from food to essential sanitary products for local women. During their visit, they were able to sample food from ‘Chef Mish’ – a local masterchef winner – which he makes at the site as part of his catering business and cafe. They then joined YES community members to take part in training and tests that will help them gain skills and find work. On the third stop today, entrepreneur Moss showed The Duke and Duchess the organic produce he's growing in the township with aquaponics – supplying local restaurants. And finally, The Duke and Duchess met the women behind the amazing Blossom Care Solutions – who are making 80,000 sanitary pads every month for women in their community. They are 100% compostable, and provide an essential low-cost product for women and girls. The Duchess has long campaigned on this issue and wrote in Time magazine in 2017, saying: “In communities all over the globe, young girls’ potential is being squandered because we are too shy to talk about the most natural thing in the world. To that I say: we need to push the conversation, mobilize policy making surrounding menstrual health initiatives, support organizations who foster girls’ education from the ground up, and within our own homes, we need to rise above our puritanical bashfulness when it comes to talking about menstruation.” • See our previous post to see The Dukes speech #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica Photo ©️ PA images

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Though Princess Diana’s death was ruled an accident, most people believe that the paparazzi chasing her had a lot to do with it. It’s obvious that Prince Harry is unwilling to make the same mistakes his father did when he ignored Princess Diana’s problem with the media.

In this way, it’s actually a good thing that Prince Harry turned out nothing like Prince Charles.