Prince Charles Is 'Freezing' Prince Harry Out Of Family, Feels He 'Doesn’t Deserve The Privilege Of Being A Royal' After Oprah Interview
It looks like it will take more than one brief chat for Prince Harry to repair the damage he's done to his relationship with Prince Charles following his and Meghan Markle's bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview.
While the Duke of Sussex, Prince William and their dad had a short conversation when Harry returned to the U.K. — for the first time in over a year — for Prince Philip's Saturday, April 17, funeral, insiders revealed that royal fans shouldn't hold their breath for a family reconciliation.
"Unfortunately, Harry and Charles didn’t resolve their differences when Harry returned to the U.K. They barely communicated," a source dished. "There definitely continues to be a huge wedge between the two."
As OK! previously reported, during the couple's CBS tell-all with Oprah, Harry opened up about his strained relationship with his father, as well as made shocking claims about the royal family — and Charles did not appreciate his son throwing dirt on the family's name, sources said.
"Charles is still fuming about Harry throwing shade at him and the royal family in the big interview and won’t let it drop," the insider added, with another noting that Charles did not "agree with Harry trashing his whole family in public."
And it looks like Charles isn't the only one with a bone to pick. Harry is also apparently upset with Charles after he failed to support him and Meghan's decision to step back from their senior royal duties and move to the U.S. last year.
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Charles "stopped taking my calls," Harry told Oprah during their interview, admitting that "there's a lot to work through" with the future king.
“To be honest, Harry didn't go running back to Charles begging for forgiveness either. He still hasn’t forgiven his father for his lack of effort and support after he and Meghan decided to move," the source spilled to Us Weekly. "The reason Harry went back to the U.K. was to see the queen and to pay his respects to Prince Philip. That’s about as far as it goes."
Given that the Prince of Wales is heir to the throne, it seems Harry's time in the royal family may be coming to an end, as Charles has a new vision for the future.
"Charles is working toward a new slimmed-down monarchy and is freezing Harry out. He's actually already out," the source said. "After the damage Harry has caused the family, he firmly believes that his son doesn’t deserve the privilege of being a royal."
Between all the drama and chaos Harry and Meghan have caused since they stepped back last year, an insider noted: "To put it bluntly, it’s unlikely that we’ll be seeing Harry and Charles making amends anytime soon."
At the time of the couple's interview, Harry said he believes Charles and William are "trapped" in royal life. Despite their tumultuous father-son relationship, the red-headed prince said he will "always love" Charles, but "there’s a lot of hurt that’s happened."
"I will continue to make it one of my priorities to heal that relationship," Harry insisted.