Prince Harry tells how he and 'Pa' Charles 'could talk for hours' in chat just 3 years before criticising his parenting
PRINCE Harry told how he and his "Pa" could "talk for hours" in a chat three years before he criticised his dad's parenting.
He interviewed Prince Charles in 2017 for his stint as guest editor of Radio4's Today show.
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They spoke about their shared passion for battling climate change, with Harry referencing how they would regularly discuss the issue.
After introducing him as "father, pa", Harry said: "We could talk about this for hours and hours, which we always do, but not with a microphone in front of us.
"I totally see it and I totally understand it because of all these years and conversations we've been having.
"I do end up picking your brains more now than I ever have done."
Charles happily called him "dear boy" before adding: "Well darling boy it makes me very proud to think you understand."
Last week it was revealed Harry blasted Charles’s parenting and said he moved to California to “break the cycle” of pain for wife Meghan and their kids.
The Duke opened up about his feelings towards growing up as a royal and mental health struggles in a frank, and profanity-laden, chat with US podcast host Dax Shepard.
Harry, 36, claimed his dad, 72, “suffered” due to his upbringing by the Queen and Philip, then “treated me the way he was treated”.
'TALK FOR HOURS'
And he said he moved to the US with Meghan and baby son Archie to escape his “genetic pain”.
He said on the “Armchair Expert” podcast: “I verbalise it, which is, ‘Isn’t life about breaking the cycle’?
"There’s no blame, I don’t think we should be pointing the finger or blaming anybody.
“But certainly when it comes to parenting, if I have experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering perhaps my father or my parents suffered, I’m gonna make sure that I break that cycle so that I don’t pass it on, basically.
“There is a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on anyway. As parents we should be doing the most that we can to say, ‘You know what, that happened to me, I’m gonna make sure that’s not going to happen to you’.”
Speaking about the parental differences between him and 72-year-old Charles, Harry said: “It’s really hard to do but for me it comes down to awareness.
Elsewhere in the podcast, Harry revealed…
- Prince Harry claims his life is like the film The Truman Show and he is targeted with "vile and toxic abuse" by trolls
- Harry revealed how he and Meghan Markle first met up in a supermarket – and ‘pretended’ they didn’t know each other to avoid attracting attention
- Harry tries to have "compassion" for trolls, but finds it "really hard when you're on the receiving end"
- The Duke said that life had felt "more free" since his move to LA with Meghan
- Harry doesn't believe in the "old way of thinking" where girls just "want to be a princess"
- Meghan Markle gave Prince Harry words of wisdom about Royal life – telling him "you can create your own life better than any princess"
It came just weeks after telling Oprah Winfrey in a bombshell interview that his dad was “trapped”, Harry again opened up about their father-son relationship.
He said: “I never saw it, I never knew about it, then suddenly I started to piece it all together and go, ‘OK, so, this is where he went to school, this is what happened’.
"I know this bit about his life, I also know that’s connected to his parents, so that means that he is treating me the way that he was treated.
“Which means, ‘How can I change that for my own kids’? And well, here I am, I have now moved my whole family to the US.
“That wasn’t the plan, do you know what I mean? But sometimes you have got to make decisions and put your family first and your mental health first.”
Harry claimed he “always felt different” from his relatives long before he quit royal duty with Meghan, 39, last year.
He claimed his father was “trapped” in the Royal Family and alleged he had been “literally cut off financially”.
The Queen has ordered Charles and Harry’s brother William to investigate the Sussexes’ claims, which include a family member being racist.
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