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Prince Harry warned reconciliation with Charles unlikely if he keeps to ‘live it all out’

Prince Harry 'wants to move on' with family says Nicholl

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Royal commentator Robert Jobson said Prince Harry’s decision to speak publicly about the Royal Family may be making it more difficult for Prince Charles to build back a relationship with his son. The royal author said: “If we’re talking about building bridges, I can’t see many bridges being built whilst [Harry] wants to live it all out in the public domain.”

Speaking to Page Six, Mr Jobson said the Duke of Sussex appears to be using his own discomfort for commercial purposes.

He continued: “I think that he does seem to want to capitalise, or cash in, on his discomfort — or what he claims to be his discomfort … How can a father build a relationship with his son if everything they say or will say is in public for commercial enrichment?”

Mr Jobson stressed he admires Prince Harry for the work he has done to raise awareness on mental health and erase the stigma surrounding people struggling with their mental wellbeing.

However, he added some commentators in the UK have noticed there may have been “a bit of disrespect” towards Prince Philip from Harry when he criticised his own upbringing and Prince Charles’s parenting.

He said: “There’s a bit of disrespect regarding his grandfather, which hasn’t gone unnoticed on this side of the pond.” 

Prince Harry spoke three times about his relationship with Prince Charles over the past few months.

First, during his and Meghan’s landmark interview with Oprah Winfrey, he said he feels “let down” by his father.

He told the US journalist: “There’s a lot to work through there, you know?

“I feel really let down, because he’s been through something similar. 

“He knows what pain feels like, and this is… and Archie’s his grandson.

“But, at the same time, you know, I, of course I will always… I will always love him, but there’s a lot of hurt that’s happened.

“And I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship.”

In early May, the Duke of Sussex was the special guest of an episode of the Armchair Expert podcast, led by Hollywood actor Dax Shepard. 

During the show, the Duke of Sussex appeared to criticise Prince Charles for his upbringing and parenting skills, as he said he wanted to “break the cycle” of pain he experienced with Archie and his baby daughter.

He said during the podcast: “I don’t think we should be pointing the finger or blaming anybody, but certainly 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, basically.

“It’s a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on.”

He added: “I started to piece it together and go ‘okay, so this is where he went to school, this is what happened, I know this about his life, 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?'” 

More recently, Prince Harry returned on the topic of parenting during the docu-series he co-produced with Oprah, The Me You Can’t See, saying he doesn’t want to bring up his children the way Prince Charles had raised him.

He said: “My father used to say to both William and I, ‘Well, it was like that for me, so it’s going to be like that for you’.

“That doesn’t make sense. Just because you suffered, that doesn’t mean your kids have to suffer.

“In fact, quite the opposite. If you suffered, do everything you can to make sure that whatever negative experiences that you had, that you can make it right for your kids.”  

Harry added he decided to move to California with Meghan to “put our mental health first”.

He continued: “Isn’t this all about breaking the cycle? Isn’t this all about making sure that history doesn’t repeat itself?”

The Royal Family only issued an official statement to respond to claims made by Meghan and Harry after their first interview with Oprah but did not comment on any of the public appearances made by the Duke of Sussex since.

The Prince of Wales reportedly wants to “seek a reconciliation” with his son despite likely being upset by Harry’s perceived slights.

A source told the Mail on Sunday: “Prince Charles is such a gentle man and a dedicated father first and foremost.

“He’ll be feeling wretched. He wants to seek a reconciliation. He is not vindictive at all…”.

However, the insider added: “Prince Charles will want to engage, but it’s fair to say what Harry has said in both interviews with Oprah has been seen as very callous within the family.

“If Harry was to attack the Queen in a more personal way, Prince Charles would close ranks with the Queen without a doubt and Harry would be out in the cold.”   

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