After Prince Harry‘s epic appearance on a podcast, Prince Charles‘s parenting style has been scrutinized and examined by many experts.
Many claimed that Prince Harry went too far by claiming that his father failed him because of what was described as “genetic pain and suffering.”
While Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, is getting slammed for the harsh and cruel terminology that he used to take down his father, Prince William had also dealt a low blow to Prince Charles in a past speech.
Most recently, the relationship between Prince Charles and Prince William has improved, but there is at least one infamous instance where the Duke of Cambridge made it clear that he was not a fan of the way his father raised him.
For the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana‘s death, both Prince Harry and his older brother were asked to deliver speeches to reporters before documentaries on the matter were aired.
Prince William spoke before the ITV documentary, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, was broadcast as he was asked to mention Prince Charles’s role in his upbringing, and he said flat out no.
Prince William instead decided to speak about his pain and suffering and acknowledged his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, for being a present force in his life.
Royal commentator Camilla Tominey explained: “When the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, came round in 2017, aides begged William to acknowledge his father’s role in their upbringing when he addressed journalists before the screening of an ITV documentary, but he flatly refused.”
Before the screening of the documentary, Prince William declined to speak about his father and said the following about Queen Elizabeth: “Why me, what have I done? Our grandmother wanted to protect us. She wanted to make sure he and Harry had the privacy to mourn and to collect our thoughts.”
However, during Diana, 7 Days, Prince Harry agreed to praise his father for being supportive as he mourned the loss of his beloved mother.
Tominey went on to reveal: “Charles’ only mention came in another documentary for the BBC that year when it was left to Harry to pay tribute.”
Harry stated: “One of the hardest things for a parent to have to do is to tell your children that your other parent has died. He was there for us; he was the one out of two left, and he tried to do his best and to make sure we were protected and looked after.”
This week, Prince Harry sang a different tune and decided to condemn his father’s way of doing things publicly. He claimed to have suffered emotional pain that was passed down to Prince Charles by his parents — Queen Elizabeth and the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
During the episode of Armchair Expert, Prince Harry, who is expecting a second child with his wife, Meghan Markle, sent shockwaves by confessing: “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.”
The 36-year-old royal went on to say: “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.'”
Many believe that Prince Charles was hurt by the revelations made by his youngest son, including royal commentator Julie Montagu.
Montagu said in an interview that the future king of England received a punch with Prince Harry’s words that landed him on the floor.
She claimed: “The person who was really knocked to the ground in that interview with several punches was Prince Charles 100 percent. The takeaway from that interview was that there is a real rift, there is real distance, there is real anger.”
Prince Harry will have to work harder to make peace with his family.