Speaking to Channel 5’s Charles & Harry: Father & Son Divided, which airs on Sunday at 9pm, royal experts also revealed that Charles is a ‘workaholic’ and wouldn’t take time off to spend days with William and Harry as children.
‘Charles didn’t receive any parenting,’ explained royal author Tom Quinn.
‘His parents were away when he was very young, he was left with nannies in that very Victorian way.
‘Although Charles tried to be a more modern parent he didn’t have the tools because he didn’t grow up with them. Diana actually joined in their games, while Charles would have said “off you go”. He wouldn’t have joined in. He’s too stiff, too old-fashioned’.
The documentary airs as Harry once again hit out at The Firm in an explosive interview yesterday, saying Prince Charles ‘suffered’ because of his upbringing by the Queen and Prince Philip, and that the Prince of Wales had then ‘treated me the way he was treated’, calling it ‘genetic pain’.
Prince Charles ‘wasn’t parented’ as a child and ‘didn’t know how to pass it on’ a new documentary has claimed. Young Prince Charles is pictured playing polo with Prince Philip (left). Harry and Charles are pictured together at Bamoral in 1997 shortly after Princess Diana’s death, right
The documentary airs as Harry once again hit out at The Firm in an explosive interview yesterday, saying Prince Charles ‘suffered’ because of his upbringing by the Queen and Prince Philip, and that the Prince of Wales had then ‘treated me the way he was treated’, calling it ‘genetic pain’. The pair are pictured together at Archie’s christening
Speaking to Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, The Duke of Sussex blasted Prince Charles’ parenting and said he moved to California with his family to ‘break the cycle’ of ‘pain’ he suffered as a member of the Royal Family.
During the wide-ranging interview lasting 90 minutes, Harry said: ‘I don’t think we should be pointing the finger or blaming anybody, but certainly when it comes to parenting, if I’ve experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents had suffered, I’m going to make sure I break that cycle so that I don’t pass it on, basically.
‘It’s a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on anyway so we as parents should be doing the most we can to try and say ‘you know what, that happened to me, I’m going to make sure that doesn’t happen to you’.’
He added: ‘I never saw it, I never knew about it, and then suddenly I started to piece it together and go ‘OK, so this is where he went to school, this is what happened, I know this about his life, I also know that is connected to his parents so that means he’s treated me the way he was treated, so how can I change that for my own kids’.
‘And here I am, I moved my whole family to the US, that wasn’t the plan but sometimes you’ve got make decisions and put your family first and put your mental health first.’
In 1952, when Prince Charles was just four, The Queen and Prince Philip left him and Princess Anne, then two, for six months while on a tour of the Commonwealth, while they took another six month trip a year later. Charles is pictured as a baby with the Queen and Prince Philip
In 1952, when Prince Charles was just four, The Queen and Prince Philip left him and Princess Anne, then two, for six months while on a tour of the Commonwealth, while they took another six month trip a year later.
Deciding the gruelling schedule was too long for the young children, Her Majesty left the young royals at home in care of The Queen Mother and nannies, with Charles previously crediting his nannies for his early care.
Experts also told the new documentary Princess Diana had a more ‘hands on’ approach to parenting and wanted to give William and Charles ‘a normal life’ – revealing she would take her sons out in for burgers in London to Charles’ dismay.
Royal editor, Emily Andrews added to the documentary that Charles is unable to show he cared in the same way as Diana, who had a more modern upbringing at Althorp.
Royal experts explained how Diana had a more ‘hands on’ appraoch to parenting than Charles, Diana and Charles are pictured with a young Wiliam nd Harry in 1989 in Scilly
Royal biographer Angela Levin also told the documentary that Harry believes he should have ‘never been allowed to walk behind Princess Diana’s coffin’. He is pictures with Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Philip and Earl Spencer at Diana’s funeral in 1997
‘Although Charles is very sensitive, and very caring, he never really could show it in the same way as Diana,’ she explained.
‘Charles was a huge workaholic and Charles wouldn’t just stop his work because he had his sons for the day.
‘Whereas I think with Diana, she always made sure everything was done for them.
Ken Wharfe, former protection office to Diana, William and Harry also explained how Charles and Diana had very different parenting styles, with Charles wanting a more traditional upbringing for the young princes while Diana wanted them to be raised ‘as normally as possible’.
‘Diana would take them to Sticky Fingers in Kensington Church Street – which is owned by Bill Wydham of the Rolling Stones’ – it became a favourite.
‘The Prince [Charles] had a slight problem with it. When they came back [to Kensington Palace] there was this look of horror across the Prince’s face, he couldn’t work out why, with a brigade of good chef’s at Kensington Palace that Diana would have to take them for a burger.
‘There was this sort of natural gravitation toward Diana, simply because Diana was the provider of the fun things that boys of that age actually wanted.
Harry and Charles are believed to have reconciled following Prince Philip’s death and funeral, pictured together in 2012
‘Charles, interestingly enough, acknowledges that William and Harry were happy and engaged when in the company of their mother in those early days’.
The documentary also explores how following Princess Diana’s death Charles became more hands-on with his sons – but a rifts still remain to this day.
Speaking of Princess Diana’s funeral, royal biographer Angela Levin added:’ I went to Kensington Palace for an interview with Prince Harry.
‘We were making polite conversation and he suddenly stopped and went very silent.
‘And then he said, “It was the most terrible thing to make William and I walk behind our mother’s coffin, it should not have been allowed.
‘This went worldwide because he’d not really spoken about that before. Looking back on that terrible, tragic day, he was absolutely right’.
The documentary also touches on how Charles and Harry were close following The Duke of Sussex’s marriage to Meghan Markle, as Charles saw Meghan as key to modernising the royal family.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their son Archie during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019
But their rift was reopened following the Duke and Duchess’s explosive interview with Oprah last month, with Harry revealing Charles cut him off financially.
Tom Quinn added: ‘Traditionally, before Harry stopped being a working royal, Harry would have got about 5 per cent of his income from the sovereign grant, the other 95 per cent would have been from Prince Charles’ personal income and the Duchy of Cornwall.
‘That’s where the problem lies, Harry feels not giving him the money he wants is giving him not the love he wants.’
While the pair are believed to have reconciled following Prince Philip’s death and funeral, Tom added that the father and son may need ‘the distance of being in the US’ to fix the relationship.
‘There is a need a way to reach the point where Harry can forgive Charles for all the turmoil of his early years.
‘He may need the distance of being in America and not being a working royal in order to reach the point where he can forgive’.
Charles & Harry: Father & Son Divided , Channel 5, Saturday 15th May, 9pm