Prince Harry “lost” his father, Prince Charles, after his exit from the royal family, Meghan Markle said in a bombshell news interview.
Meghan Markle, 41, brought up her husband’s strained relationship with his dad when asked about her falling out with her father, Thomas Markle.
During New York magazine’s The Cut in a wide-ranging profile published Monday, the Duchess of Sussex said, “Harry said to me, ‘I lost my dad in this process.’ It doesn’t have to be the same for them as it was for me, but that’s his decision.”
When asked whether there was room to heal the rifts with their families, Markle responded, “I think forgiveness is really important. It takes a lot more energy to not forgive. But it takes a lot of effort to forgive. I’ve really made an active effort, especially knowing that I can say anything.”
Per Page Six, Markle meant to say that she did not want Harry, 37, to lose his dad.
One highly placed royal insider adds, “I’m not aware that Harry has broken up with his father. Charles gave Harry and Meghan millions when they left the UK.
“Right now, the family are all at Balmoral, and I’m sure they are aghast at this interview.”
During the couple’s March 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Harry said that Charles, 73, “stopped taking his calls” regarding conversations about leaving his role as a working member of the royal family.
He also claimed that the royals “literally cut me off financially” following Megxit in January 2020, alleging his father and brother, Prince William, were “trapped” in their roles. (He is believed to have a stilted relationship with William still.)
In June 2021, a senior Clarence House spokesman said that Charles allocated a “substantial sum to support” the Sussexes during the couple’s transition toward becoming financially independent. The spokesman said the funding stopped in the summer of 2020.
The interview comes in the week that Harry and William, 40, will mark the 25th anniversary of the death of their mother, Princess Diana.
Harry’s highly anticipated memoir is set to be pushed back to 2023 as he debates whether to include a string of “truth bombs” about his family in the book.
Speaking to The Cut about how he and Markle run Archewell together from a shared home office, Harry said, “Most people that I know and many of my family, they aren’t able to work and live together. It’s actually really weird because it’d seem like a lot of pressure. But it just feels natural and normal.”
The Sussexes are returning to the UK next week for charitable events. They will also travel to Germany to kick off next year’s Invictus Games in Dusseldorf.
As reported earlier, the duo will not be visiting Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral, despite reports they had been invited.
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