Why Prince Harry’s Relationship With Father Prince Charles Is Now Complicated

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are in the midst of a very public transition from being at the forefront of the modern monarchy to retired royals who no longer act on behalf of the queen. It all started on January 8th, when the couple made a statement on their Instagram account, revealing that they intended to “step back” from the historic family and begin, among other things, to earn their own independent income.

While members of the public have mixed feelings about it, it is the royal family itself that has been dealing with the lion’s share of the upheaval. Specifically, Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles, who is next in line to the throne, has been reported to be struggling with the move in a serious way. 

Prince Harry and Prince William’s feud is over

For several years, Prince Harry has had a strained relationship with his older brother, Prince William. While it’s not crystal clear when the feud started, it seems to have been prior to the royal wedding, when Prince William reportedly cautioned his brother against moving into marriage so quickly.

From then on, there was always a feeling of tension between the two, with Prince Harry very determined to strike out on his own, forging a separate identity.

Still, with the news that Prince Harry and Meghan will be stepping back from royal duties, a tentative truce has reportedly formed between Prince Harry and Prince William. According to reports, the two have had a series of private conversations that have worked to repair their bond and end the bad blood.

In the months to come, it seems likely that the two will not be spending a lot of time with each other, but for royal fans, it is reassuring to know that the two brothers have managed to become friends once more. 

Is Prince Charles angry with Prince Harry?

Even though Prince William might be at peace with Prince Harry’s decision, Prince Charles reportedly is not. According to a recent Page Six report, Prince Charles is firmly at odds with his youngest son and that Prince Harry’s announcement left him “floored.”

Furthermore, the story claims that Prince Harry’s relationship with Prince Charles — as well as his stepmother Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall — is “complicated.” Prince Charles is reportedly saddened over the whole ordeal.

What’s next for the relationship between Prince Harry and Prince Charles?

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

It’s hard to predict what the future holds for Prince Harry and his father, at this point in time. Negotiations between Prince Harry and the palace are ongoing, but it has been determined that in the near future, Meghan and Prince Harry will begin to divide their time between the United Kingdom and Canada. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will also lose the right to use their royal titles in an official capacity.

In addition, Prince Harry and Meghan will lose their ability to receive taxpayer funding in any capacity, leaving the doors open for sponsorship deals, corporate contracts, and other moneymaking opportunities. While this is clearly in line with what they want, it could potentially cause strained relations between the couple and their royal relatives.

Traditionally, the royal family keeps its distance from the media and doesn’t involve themselves in television or film projects. However, it seems as though that is exactly the type of work that Prince Harry and Meghan have in mind.

For now, a royal source told the Sun last week: “It’s fair to say that the past week has brought William and Harry back together but the relationship with Charles and Camilla is far more complicated and complex. There remains a real lack of trust there and it’s going to take some time to resolve.”

Hopefully, in the future, Prince Harry and his father will be able to forge the same type of understanding that the two royal brothers have reached. As Prince Charles gets older, he will undoubtedly like to surround himself with all of his family and friends — including his renegade youngest son. 

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