‘Despairing’ Prince Charles breaks cover after Harry says dad ‘let him down’

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Prince Charles has been pictured after his son criticised him in his interview with Oprah Winfrey – saying there was "a lot of hurt" between them.

During his chat with the US TV host, Prince Harry claimed that he and Meghan Markle had been financially cut off in the first quarter of 2020.

He also said that the Prince of Wales had stopped taking his calls after Megxit.

Charles was today snapped on a visit to Jesus House church in Brent, north London, to see an NHS vaccine pop-up clinic in action.

He looked upbeat as he received a tour and interacted with workers at the clinic.

The heir to the throne learned about its work to combat vaccine scepticism, and the support they offered the community during the coronavirus pandemic.

Charles chatted to workers, including one woman who said she was from Nigeria.

He said: "Oh fantastic, yes, I've been there. Lots of different ethnic groups. Do give them my kind regards next time you speak to them."

Harry earlier told Oprah: "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's his grandson.

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"At the same time I will always love him, but there's a lot of hurt that's happened.

"I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship, but they only know what they know."

He also said that his dad and brother Prince William were still “trapped” within the Royal Family.

One of Charles’ friends told Vanity Fair that he was “in a state of despair” before the interview had even been broadcast.

Another “well-placed source” added: “I know he has spoken to the Queen and he has been in regular email contact with his father.

“Depending on what he and Meghan say, this could be very damaging for family relations and possibly the nail in the coffin for his relationship with William, who is beyond livid over the interview.”

Royal author Sarah Gristwood added: “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.

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“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."

However, Harry later said that Charles was now taking his calls again.

He and Meghan levelled other dramatic allegations against the Royal Family, with the palace yet to respond.

In it, Meghan claimed that she was refused help after revealing she had been suffering from suicidal thoughts, and said a royal had expressed concerns about how dark Archie's skin would be.

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The Duchess of Sussex also responded to a claim that she had made Kate Middleton cry.

Meghan hit back and said the “reverse happened”, telling Oprah that the Duchess of Cambridge had left her in tears during wedding planning.

Meanwhile, Prince William has been pictured driving around London – and appeared to be tearful.

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According to the DailyMail, Her Majesty, Charles and William were locked in crisis talks on Monday after the chat first aired on Sunday in the US.

The mood was described as one of "intense personal shock and sadness" after the couple had pressed the "nuclear button" on the royals.

"Staff are reeling. But there is (also) a strong sense of needing to retain a dignified silence and show kindness and compassion.

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"There’s a lot people want to say but no one wins with a tit-for-tat battle. Bridges need to be built after all this is over, after all."

They added that some staff felt "angry and let down".

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  • Prince Charles
  • Prince Harry
  • Meghan Markle
  • Royal Family

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