Harry ‘lucky his family speak to him at all after great unpleasantness’ – expert

Prince Harry is “lucky that any of his family speak to him at all” in the wake of his reported falling-out with The Firm, a royal commentator has claimed.

Harry stepped back from royal duties with his wife Meghan Markle in early 2020, before an explosive interview with US host Oprah Winfrey was broadcast.

During the chat, a number of allegations were made against the royal institution, including an accusation that Charles had cut his son off financially, and that an unnamed royal had made comments about the colour of the Sussex’s son Archie’s skin.

Recently, however, the Prince of Wales appeared to offer Harry an olive branch, when he praised his son’s “passionate” environmental work in a Newsweek essay.

Reacting to this news, the Mail’s Diary Editor Richard Eden told the Palace Confidential podcast: “I think how Charles has reacted has been incredible, frankly.

“Despite all the provocations, all the great unpleasantness of the Oprah Winfrey interview, the things that Harry said there were just terrible really.

“Charles hasn’t responded, and when he has, he’s done so in this magnanimous, very regal way I would say, and tried to be as friendly as possible.

“And I think that’s his aim, to try and keep Harry on side and bring him back.”

However, royal historian Tessa Dunlop suggested that the olive branch Charles appeared to have extended would not be enough for Harry to drop any grudges he might be holding.

“If you’re feeling wounded…You want an apology, you want an acknowledgement of your pain,” she claimed.

After the pair’s reported falling-out came to a head in the Oprah interview, it is unclear how much contact Harry has had with his father.

The Duke of Sussex didn’t return to spend Christmas with the royals, although he did make the trip across the Atlantic in the summer to unveil a statue commemorating his late mother Princess Diana.

In his recent essay, Charles said: "My younger son, Harry, has passionately highlighted the impact of climate change, especially in relation to Africa, and committed his charity to being net zero.”

And, Richard suggested that this was a generous peace offering, claiming: “Let’s be clear, Prince Harry is lucky that any of his family speak to him at all…They’re doing their best to be kind, frankly.”

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