Prince Harry says Prince Charles has stopped taking his calls

During their two-hour interview with Oprah, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle opened up about their decision to “step back” from their positions as senior royals in January 2020.

According to Harry, their choice came after facing a lack of support from the media and the royal family. “I took matters into my own hands,” Harry said, calling his state of mind “desperate.”

Harry pointed out that “no one from [his] her family never said anything” to support his wife as she faced intense media scrutiny. In this environment, Markle had suicidal thoughts. She told Oprah that she “don’t wanted to live anymore”.

The couple’s original intention was to move to a Commonwealth nation and retain their royal titles, but not to a higher position. Ultimately, they were financially cut off from the royal family and their official security removed. The couple moved to Los Angeles. “Netflix and Spotify weren’t part of the plan,” Harry said. Harry revealed that they were living off the money his mother, Princess Diana, left him.

Harry confirmed he didn’t “blindly” have the Queen, as was said when the news broke in 2020. “I would never do that to my grandmother. I have too much respect for her”, did he declare. “My grandmother had been welcoming throughout.”

Harry said he had several conversations with members of his family – then his father, Prince Charles, “stopped taking [his] calls.” While Harry said they were talking to each other again, their relationship has not healed. “I feel really disappointed. He experienced something similar. He knows what pain feels like. I will always love him but a lot of bad happened,” he said.

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Markle quashed rumors that stepping back was her decision. “Can you imagine how little that makes sense? I left my career, my life, I left everything because I love him. Our plan was to do this forever. I wrote letters to his family saying that I was dedicated to this“I’m here for you, use me however you want,” she said. She described learning British customs behind the scenes “just to make them proud”.

Harry told Oprah that his relationship with Meghan and living in the world “in her place” helped set him free. “I was trapped but I didn’t know I was trapped,” Harry said. “I was trapped in the system like the rest of my family. My dad and my brother, they’re trapped. They can’t leave. I have immense compassion for that.”


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Helen D. Jessen