The gulf between Prince Harry and his dad Charles has ‘widened considerably’ and could prove difficult to bridge, a royal author has claimed.
Earlier this year Harry and wife Meghan sat down with Oprah to give a bombshell interview about life in the Royal Family.
Among the sensational claims the Duke of Sussex said there was a ‘lot of hurt’ between him and his father.
Their relationship reportedly soured to the extent Prince Charles had stopped taking his son’s calls following Harry and Meghan’s decision to step away from royal duties.
Harry and Meghan, who left the Firm in March 2020, are now settled in the US with their son Archie and a daughter on the way – but tensions with the royals remain.
One royal expert has claimed the gulf between father and son had widened as a former butler to Charles and Harry says the feud is ‘sad’ to see.
Speaking to ‘Charles & Harry: Father and Son Divided’ producers, royal author Tom Quinn said: “There is no doubt the gulf between Harry and Charles had widened considerably.
“I mean I think if they are not careful it will be very difficult to bridge that divide in future
“I can’t see how they can do it.”
Grant Harrold, ex-butler to Prince Charles, William and Harry also told the documentary: “The damage is done.
“And that makes me sad because the relationship that I knew which was a loving, caring, fun relationship can never be like that again.”
Harry’s relationship with his son has been under the spotlight recently, and speaking about his upbringing as a Royal, Prince Harry told Dax Shepard his father passed on “genetic pain” and talked about how he wants to “break that cycle”.
On his ‘Armchair Expert’ podcast he said: “When it comes to parenting, if I’ve experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents had suffered, I’m going to make sure I break that cycle so that I don’t pass it on.
“It’s a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on anyway, so we as parents should be doing the most we can to try and say ‘you know what, that happened to me, I’m going to make sure that doesn’t happen to you’.”
Harry said that, as he grew older, he realised Charles was raising him in the same way he had been raised himself, and he wanted to change that for his own children.