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‘My father stopped taking my calls’: Prince Harry claims Prince Charles stopped speaking to him

The Duke of Sussex has described himself, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge as being ‘trapped’ within the system.

In his bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, Harry said his family ‘literally cut me off financially’ and revealed he was only able to step away from royal life thanks to money left to him by his late mother Princess Diana

He claimed he was ‘trapped’ before he met Meghan as he revealed his father Charles ‘stopped taking my calls’ during the build-up to the announcement that he and Meghan were leaving the royal family. 

Asked if he would have left or ever stepped back were it not for Meghan, Harry replied, ‘No.’

He added: ‘I wouldn’t have been able to, because I myself was trapped, as well. I didn’t see a way out. You know, I was trapped, but I didn’t know I was trapped. 

‘But the moment that I met meg, and then our worlds sort of collided in the most amazing of ways. [I was] Trapped within the system, like the rest of my family are.

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

Discussing his fractured relationship with Prince Charles, Harry said his father stopped taking his calls, adding, ‘There’s a lot to work through there. I feel really let down.’ 

The Duke of Sussex has described himself, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge as being ‘trapped’ within the system

In the most anticipated royal interview in decades, Meghan and Harry also revealed: 

  • Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, made Meghan cry ahead of the royal wedding – but ‘owned it’ and apologised;
  • She described meeting the Queen for the first time and having to learn to curtsy  
  • Meghan claims she was ‘naive’ when she joined the Royal Family – and never researched what it would be like, or Harry. She said that she was initially welcomed by the royals, but was later ‘silenced’ and felt trapped; 
  • She described being cradled by Harry after feeling that she no longer wanted to live; Meghan claimed she begged for help from Palace but denied it because she wasn’t a ‘paid employee’;
  • The Sussexes choose to reveal the gender of their baby to Oprah; 

Asked by Winfrey why they left, he blamed a ‘lack of support and lack of understanding’. 

Winfrey asked ‘did you blindside the Queen?’ with the announcement they were leaving the family. Harry replied: ‘No, I would never blindside my grandmother, I have too much respect for her.’

Asked where that story came from, Harry said he could ‘hazard a guess’ that it may have come ‘from within the institution’.

Asked by Winfrey how they knew the Queen was not blindsided, Harry said while in Canada he had ‘three conversations with my grandmother and two conversations with my father, before he stopped taking my calls’.

He said Charles asked for him to put his plan ‘in writing’. 

Harry said he had to act for the wellbeing of himself, Meghan and Archie, adding: ‘He asked me to put it in writing, and I put all the specifics in there, even the fact that we were planning on putting the announcement out on the 7th of January.’

Oprah asked: ‘So, you just said that your dad stopped taking your calls.  Why did he stop taking your calls?’ 

Harry replied: ‘Because… I took matters in– by that point, I took matters into my own hands.

‘It was like I need to do this for my family. This is not a surprise to anybody.

‘It’s really sad that it’s gotten to this point, but I’ve got to do something for my own mental health, my wife’s, and for Archie’s, as well, because I could see where this was headed.’ 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have insisted their interview with Oprah Winfrey would be the 'last word' on them quitting as senior royals

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have insisted their interview with Oprah Winfrey would be the ‘last word’ on them quitting as senior royals 

Harry said what was different from him was ‘the race element…because now it wasn’t just about her, it was about what she represents, and therefore it wasn’t just affecting my wife it was affecting so many other people as well’.

He added: ‘That was the trigger for me to really engage in those conversations with senior palace staff, and with my family to say ‘Guys, this is not going to end well’.’

Asked what he meant by ‘end well’, Harry said: ‘For anyone, it’s not going to end well. Because the way that I saw it was, there is a way of doing things, but for us, for this union, and the specifics around her race, there was an opportunity, many opportunities, for my family to show some public support.

‘And I guess one of the most telling parts, and the saddest parts I guess, was over 70 members of Parliament, female members of Parliament, both Conservative and Labour, came out and called out the colonial undertones of articles and headlines written about Megan.

‘Yet no-one from my family ever said anything over those three years. That hurts.’ 

‘The Palace lied about me to protect other royals’: Meghan tells Oprah she was ‘silenced’ and says officials failed to protect her and ‘were willing to lie to protect other members of the family’ 

Meghan Markle today told Oprah Winfrey that Palace officials failed to protect her and ‘were willing to lie to protect other members of the Royal family.’ 

Harry and Meghan’s TV interview with Oprah Winfrey has started in the US and began with Meghan Markle showing her growing baby bump. 

In the historic interview, the mother-to-be opened up about life in ‘The Firm’ and the struggles she faced adjusting to life in the Royal family. 

The Duchess of Sussex has already accused The Firm of ‘perpetuating falsehoods’ about her and Harry and said they refused to be ‘silenced’ any more.   

But she revealed she was ‘silenced’ by Buckingham Palace officials, who told her to always answer ‘no comment’, adding, ‘because it was also through the lens of ‘And we’ll protect you.’ 

Meghan added: ‘It was only once we were married and everything started to really worsen that I came to understand that not only was I not being protected but that they were willing to lie to protect other members of the family, but they weren’t willing to tell the truth to protect me and my husband.’

Meghan revealed she was 'silenced' by officials who told her to always answer 'no comment', adding, 'because it was also through the lens of 'And we'll protect you.'

Meghan revealed she was ‘silenced’ by officials who told her to always answer ‘no comment’, adding, ‘because it was also through the lens of ‘And we’ll protect you.’

Meghan Markle has spoken of  'The Firm' - a mafia-like term used to describe the Royal Family - had tried to smear and silence her

Meghan Markle has spoken of  ‘The Firm’ – a mafia-like term used to describe the Royal Family – had tried to smear and silence her

Meghan, pictured during her first engagement with the Queen in 2018

Meghan, pictured during her first engagement with the Queen in 2018

The Duchess of Sussex also described her ‘pain’ that officials had denied her first born son the title of prince and accused Buckingham Palace of failing to protect Archie by denying him 24/7 security. 

A clip released ahead of Harry and Meghan’s interview showed the Duchess of Sussex accusing The Firm of ‘perpetuating falsehoods about us.’ 

She said: ‘I don’t know how they could expect that after all of this time we would still just be silent if there is an active role that The Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us.’  

Oprah asked, ‘Were you silent? Or were you silenced?’

Meghan replied: ‘The latter.’

Oprah said: ‘So, how does that work? Were you told by the comms people or the– I don’t know– the institution, the– were– were you told to keep silent? Were you– were you told to say nothing?’

Meghan told her: ‘Everyone from– everyone in my world was given very clear directive from the moment the world knew Harry and I were dating to always say ‘No comment.’

‘That’s my friends, my mom and dad. And we did. I did anything they told me to do.

‘Of course I did, because it was also through the lens of ‘And we’ll protect you.’

‘So, even as things started to roll out in the media that I didn’t see but my friends would call me and say, ‘meg, this is really bad,’ because I didn’t see it, I’d go, ‘Don’t worry. I’m being protected.

‘I believed that. And– and I think that was– that was really hard to reconcile because it was only– it was only once we were married and everything started to really worsen that I came to understand that not only was I not being protected but that they were willing to lie to protect other members of the family, but they weren’t willing to tell the truth to protect me and my husband.’

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have insisted their interview with Oprah Winfrey would be the 'last word' on them quitting as senior royals

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have insisted their interview with Oprah Winfrey would be the ‘last word’ on them quitting as senior royals 

Oprah asked: ‘So, are you saying you did not feel supported by the powers that be, be that the firm, the monarchy, all of them?’

Meghan said: ‘It’s hard for people to distinguish the two because there’s– it’s a family business, right? 

‘So, there’s the family, and then there’s the people that are running the institution. Those are two separate things.

‘And it’s important to be able to compartmentalize that, because the Queen, for example, has always been wonderful to me. I mean, we had one of our first joint engagements together.’

Meghan Markle has spoken of  'The Firm' - a mafia-like term used to describe the Royal Family - had tried to smear and silence her

Meghan Markle has spoken of  ‘The Firm’ – a mafia-like term used to describe the Royal Family – had tried to smear and silence her

Meghan pictured with sister-in-law Kate watching the tennis at Wimbledon in 2019

Meghan pictured with sister-in-law Kate watching the tennis at Wimbledon in 2019 

Meghan went on to talk about how Her Majesty took her under her wing on their first engagement together and gifted her ‘beautiful’ pearl earrings and a matching necklace on the day, in 2018.  

Oprah said: ‘So, okay, so she made you feel welcomed.’

Meghan replied, ‘Yes.’ 

Oprah asked: ‘Did you feel welcomed by everyone? It seemed like you and Kate at the Wimbledon– Wimbledon game where you were going to watch a friend play tennis…’

Meghan laughed before Oprah asked, ‘Was it what it looked like? You are two sisters-in-law out there in the world, getting to know each other. Was she helping you, embracing you into the family, helping you adjust?’

Meghan said: ‘I think everyone welcomed me.’


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