Prince Charles used to be close to his younger son Prince Harry. However, the tide turned, and the Prince of Wales is currently in his best relationship with his older son, Prince William.
Prince Charles And Prince William Used To Have A Tense Relationship
Tina Brown weighed in on Prince Charles' relationship with his sons with late wife, Princess Diana — Prince William, and Prince Harry. Brown spoke to Page Six when she promoted her new book The Palace Papers.
According to Brown, the Prince of Wales was competing with his eldest son. Both are the future king of England. However, the Duke of Cambridge is more popular.
Prince Charles has prepared all his life to be the next king after his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. However, his reputation suffered due to his alleged affair with Duchess Camilla Parker Bowles while still married to Princess Diana. So, some British wants to skip him and make Prince William the next king.
"There has been tension between William and Charles because the fact is Charles feels competitive with William," Brown told Page Six about the father and son.
Prince Harry's Departure Brought Prince Charles Closer To His Older Brother Prince William
Between his two sons, Brown said, Prince Charles was closer to his younger child. However, when Prince Harry decided to leave the U.K. and move to the U.S. with his wife, Meghan Markle, his absence brought his father and brother closer.
"Harry going has made them inevitably closer, which is ironic because Charles was much closer to Harry. They had a very warm relationship," Brown explained. "It’s very upsetting to Charles apparently. He’s been distraught about the fraying of the relationship. He’s been very, very sad. He’s been very hurt by Harry."
Prince Harry had said several hurtful things about his father in his previous interviews. He told Oprah Winfrey that his father stopped picking up his calls and cut them off financially after he left his home country. He also thanked his mom, Princess Diana, for the trust and money he inherited from her because it supported them when they moved to California.
The Duke of Sussex also seemingly questioned Prince Charles' parenting. He said he wanted to be a different parent to his son, Archie.
Those interviews reportedly hurt the heir apparent. It caused a gap between Prince Charles and Prince Harry but tightened the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge's bond.
"He’s [Prince William] much closer to Charles now because essentially they’re together now trying to figure out what happens after the queen dies," Brown said about the two future kings.
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