Prince William ‘saddened’ by brother Harry’s public criticism of Charles

Prince William 'would never even comprehend' criticising his dad Prince Charles in public the way brother Harry has done recently, it has been reported.

Harry and wife Meghan Markle have spoken out against the royal family on a number of occasions, including their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey and The Duke of Sussex's recent appearance on the Armchair Expert podcast.

Last week Prince Harry caused a stir after saying in the podcast he wants to "break the cycle" of the "pain and suffering" of his upbringing with his own children.

And according to reports, Prince William is said to be 'saddened' at Harry speaking about their family so openly because it is 'invading their privacy'.

The brothers have both struggled with Prince Charles in the wake of Diana's death but William is said to have spent the past few years repairing his relationship with his dad.

A royal source told the Daily Mail: "Prince William is, of course, saddened by the recent developments because of the way Prince Harry is putting such deeply personal pain into the public domain, invading all the family's privacy.

"It is fair to say that, even now, William does privately have conversations about the relationship with his father, which has been strained in the past.

"There was much hurt after his mother's death and both brothers at times found their father's commitment to his work difficult to comprehend.

"Just like Harry, William has learned lessons from his upbringing and ensures he puts his family time first above any other commitment.

"But William also believes continually developing and growing his relationship with his father is critical for the future of the monarchy.

"They now have a lot of mutual respect and he would never even comprehend for one moment speaking publicly in the way Harry has done in the past week."

The Duke of Sussex, 36, told Oprah that there was a "lot of hurt" between him and his father and said Charles had stopped taking his calls.

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In the interview, Harry also revealed that "my family cut me off financially".

He said he feels "really let down" by the Prince of Wales and added that "there's a lot of hurt that's happened".

Speaking in the explosive interview with Oprah, Prince Harry said: "When we were in Canada, I had three conversations with my grandmother and two conversations with my father, before he stopped taking my calls."

He added: "By that point, I took matters into my own hands. I need to do this for my family.

"I’ve got to do something for my own mental health, for my wife’s, and for Archie."

And he said he felt "really let down" by his father, saying: "He knows what pain feels like.

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"Of course I will always love him but there's a lot of hurt that's happened and I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that."

And recently speaking to the American actor Dax Shepard for his Armchair Expert podcast, Harry was promoting his new Apple TV+ series about mental health, The Me You Can’t See, with Oprah Winfrey, which launches on Friday.

Discussing his childhood, Harry said: “There is no blame. 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.’”

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