It’s unclear what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wanted to achieve with their Oprah Winfrey interview, but it has become evident that it hasn’t strengthened family bonds. In fact, at this point, it appears like Prince Harry’s relationship with his father and brother will now reflect hers, almost irreparably broken.
According to reports, Prince Charles remains “fuming” at his son over the tabloid tell-all and their relationship is in no way on the path to reconciliation, especially as Harry remains firm that he won’t apologize to his father.
A source spoke to US Weekly, stating, “Unfortunately, Harry and Charles didn’t resolve their differences when Harry returned to the U.K. They barely communicated. There definitely continues to be a huge wedge between the two.
“Charles is still fuming about Harry throwing shade at him and the royal family in the big interview and won’t let it drop. But to be honest, Harry didn’t go running back to Charles begging for forgiveness either.”
Initially, the Prince of Wales wanted to issue a “point by point” rebuttal of Harry and Meghan’s interview allegations, the most salacious of which was that royal family was racist. Harry also claimed that his father and brother are “trapped” by the institution.
Royal reporter Katie Nicholl said, “My understanding is that Prince Charles did want to issue a more detailed statement to the Oprah interview and possibly address some of those issues point by point.”
The royal family settled for this statement, “The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”
Though it’s likely that Harry and Meghan believe that they no longer need the royal family as they pursue her Hollywood dreams, but it would benefit them to try and maintain a good balance with the rest of the family.
As this publication has pointed out, public opinion of Harry and Meghan in the U.K. is at an all-time low, making it potentially much easier for the royal family to strip the two of their titles, which will damage their brand and likely money-making potential.
Andrew Rosindell, a Conservative MP from Romford in London, shared with The Daily Express that constituents in his district remain deeply upset by the interview and do not side with Harry and Meghan.
“The right thing to do is to mend bridges with his brother William and other members of the Royal Family, but that will happen in time,” Rosindell said.
“I personally think he will realize the error that he has made. But for the time being, he and Meghan have effectively abdicated their responsibilities and moved away to lead a very different life than a member of the Royal Family could possibly do.
“The Oprah interview has backfired badly on them. Most people see it, particularly as an attempt from Meghan, to keep this whole thing going and to put themselves in the limelight.
“Most people don’t side with them—I look at my inbox from my constituents and the only emails I have hard are from people saying how upset and appalled they were, and how they felt Harry and Meghan had let their Queen and Royal Family down.”
So, can Prince Charles and Harry ever recover their once close relationship? Perhaps, but it will take time, and can only happen if Harry and Meghan stop the victim narrative and stop talking to the press. At this point, it’s unlikely that Prince Charles will bend unless his son makes the first move, which he should.
The accusations the couple made in the interview are both baseless and most likely false. The royal family deserves better.