Prince Harry says he felt 'really let down' by Prince Charles in tell-all interview with Oprah

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak to Oprah Winfrey.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak to Oprah Winfrey.
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  • Prince Harry says he felt "really let down" by the royal family - his father in particular - following months of media scrutiny.
  • "He's been through something similar. He knows what pain feels like," Harry said during his bombshell interview alongside Meghan Markle with Oprah Winfrey.
  • Oprah with Meghan and Harry aired on Sunday, 7 March in the US. South Africans will be able to watch the interview on Monday, 8 March at 19:30 on M-Net (DStv).


Prince Harry said Sunday he felt "really let down" by his father as he and wife Meghan Markle opened up about quitting the firm following intense media scrutiny and lack of support from the royal family.

Oprah Winfrey asked Harry during the two-hour CBS interview,Oprah with Meghan and Harry how his relationship had been with Prince Charles since they moved to the United States.

"There's a lot to work through there, you know? I feel really let down, because he's been through something similar. He knows what pain feels like," an emotional Harry said.

He added that Charles - the heir to the throne - and Harry's older brother William are "trapped" by the conventions of the monarchy, but vowed that he would "always love" his father.

"My father and my brother, they are trapped. They don't get to leave. And I have huge compassion for that."

On the rift with his brother, when Oprah said that much has been said about the siblings, Harry added: "Yeah, and much will continue to be said about that. You know, as I've said before, I love William to bits. He's my brother."

Harry said: "We've been through hell together. I mean, we have a shared experience. But, you know, we're on different paths."

Oprah later asked Harry what the relationship with William is currently like to which he responded: "The relationship is space, at the moment. And, you know, time heals all things, hopefully."

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Oprah Winfrey
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak to Oprah Winfrey.

The overarching interview, which addresses everything from racism within the firm, Meghan's battle with suicidal thoughts and the family cutting them off financially, aired on Sunday, 7 March in the US. South Africans will be able to watch the interview on Monday, 8 March at 19:30 on M-Net (DStv).

Prince Harry added during a tell-all that he and Meghan Markle "did everything we could" to stay in the royal family.

"I'm sad that what's happened has happened, but I know, and I'm comfortable in knowing that we did everything that we could to make it work."

Meghan added: "Oh my god, we just did everything we could to protect them..."

READ MORE | Meghan and Harry on racism, suicide and walking away in their bombshell interview with Oprah

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