Following their brief reunion at the late Prince Philip’s funeral last month, OK! learned that the fractured relationship between Prince Harry and his father, Prince Charles, was at an all-time low — with Charles said to be “freezing” his son out of the monarchy.
Now, reports are surfacing that Charles is still fuming over Harry and wife Meghan Markle’s bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview — the Duke of Sussex revealed on television that Charles had “stopped taking” his calls — and angering his mother, a grieving Queen Elizabeth II, in the process.
“With the way things are going, Charles may never forgive Harry, which hasn’t gone down well with Elizabeth,” an insider spilled. “She feels that he’s putting his pride before the best interest of the monarchy. She has enough on her plate dealing with the loss of her husband. It’s drama she can do without.”
The source added that Charles is “more stubborn” than his other son, Harry’s brother Prince William, who was also spotted chatting with the red-headed royal after Philip’s funeral service — and that William is more likely to move past the family rift, especially with their mother Princess Diana’s memorial rapidly approaching. (A statue is being unveiled at Kensington Palace on July 1 to mark the 20th anniversary of her tragic death.)
“They’re definitely not at the point where they speak on a regular basis, but William wants to be the bigger person and set a precedent,” the source continued. “He believes that in order to repair damage and destruction from Harry’s interview, the best approach is to keep things civil with his brother rather than fanning the flames and fighting back with a tit-for-tat attitude.”
As far as how the Queen is feeling about the drama surrounding her family while still trying to process the loss of her husband of over 70 years, “Elizabeth is proud of William for taking the dignified approach, unlike Charles, who still hasn’t forgiven Harry for dragging his name through the mud,” a source told Us Weekly.