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Harry penned ‘deeply personal’ note to Charles after ‘communication breakdown’
April 19, 2021
Prince Harry wrote his father a "deeply personal" note ahead of his homecoming for Prince Philip’s funeral – but the pair have not repaired their shattered relationship ahead of his return to the US.
The Duke of Sussex reached out to Prince Charles after their relationship “hit rock bottom”, the Mirror reveals.
But the Prince of Wales remains “very hurt” by Harry’s decision to appear in a tell-all interview last month with US chat show queen Oprah Winfrey, while the Duke of Edinburgh was seriously ill in hospital.
The funeral of Prince Philip was the first time he has seen his family for the first time since quitting royal life last year.
Sources close to the Duke of Sussex – who now lives in California with wife Meghan and their one-year-old son, Archie – told how he has been “forced to write letters” to his father due to a "complete communication breakdown".
In his correspondence he has "outlined his reasons for leaving" while promising to "respect the institution", sources have revealed.
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However, his brother Prince William is understood to be at odds with how to deal with him after the infamous Oprah interview.
Despite the brothers being seen speaking after their grandpa’s funeral their relationship is understood to be “extremely frosty”.
Palace insiders revealed both future kings were “outraged” at the suggestion that the royal family are racist.
A royal source said: “Truth be told, Harry didn’t really know what to expect before he came home, which is why he reached out before seeing everyone.
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“He wrote a deeply personal note to his dad to try and set things straight but tensions are still running high and things haven’t exactly ironed out the way he had hoped.
“There had been a kind of unspoken agreement between everyone to park whatever has been on each person’s mind, and solely concentrate on supporting the Queen ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral.
“The feeling inside the camp was that it wasn’t the time nor the place to go over things, especially at such an emotional time for everybody involved.”
Charles has since travelled to his Welsh home in Llwynywermod where he is working from home and continuing to observe the royal mourning period which ends on Thursday.