Charles’ ‘silence’ over Harry’s criticisms ‘hard’ as he has ‘has lots to say’
Prince Charles will be feeling the pain after coming under repeated “heavy fire” from son Prince Harry, according to a leading royal expert.
Harry, 36, appeared to criticise his father's parenting skills when he said on a new Apple TV+ show that he wanted to "break the cycle of pain" that he faced growing up with his own son Archie.
But Charles has not responded to the apparent criticisms, following the age-old Royal Family rule of "never complain, never explain".
And according to Roya Nikkah, royal editor of the Sunday Times, this has been tough for the future King.
“The Royal Family tend to not reply and respond to all of this but that probably makes it even more painful because I’m sure there’s probably quite a lot the Prince of Wales and other members of the family would like to say in response," she told True Royalty TV's The Royal Beat.
“Particularly the Prince of Wales, who has come under quite heavy fire, in that Oprah interview back in March and in the podcast we recently heard Harry do, and now this new documentary.”
In the latest bombshell revelations from Harry in his Apple+ show, The Me You Can’t See, he talked about his upbringing – and suggested that Charles’s own childhood had been tough, too.
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The Duke of Sussex – who with wife Meghan has just become a parent himself for the second time – told host Oprah Winfrey: “When I was younger my father used to say to William and I, 'It was like that for me so it's going to be like that for you'.
"In fact, just the opposite. If you suffered, do everything you can to make sure whatever negative experiences you had, you can make right for your kids. Isn’t this all about breaking the cycle?"
Roya said: “The Prince of Wales has really come under quite heavy fire in terms of Harry’s account of his parenting, but he’s maintained a dignified silence – that’s his ploy, I think. And I think that must be hard because I should think there’s a lot he wants to say.
“[Harry] feels he’s really benefiting from the counselling and therapy he’s had. He feels it’s opening up emotions and helping him in his new life across the Pond, and good luck to him.
“But one wonders if, in order to do that, you have to so publicly speak about your family in such a negative light.”
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