Prince Charles’ heartbreaking regrets over Prince Harry and baby Archie

A sad situation for Prince Charles and his son

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Prince Charles is reportedly facing feelings of regret following the tensions between him and his son Prince Harry, after he left the royal family with Meghan Markle. 

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle stepped back from their senior roles in the Royal Family back in 2020, ditching their Frogmore Cottage home near Windsor Castle to settle across the pond. 

The couple started a new life in Los Angeles with their son Archie Harrison and went on to welcome their daughter, baby Lilibet Diana, earlier this year. 

Of course, Prince Harry has been thousands of miles away from his relatives throughout the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, having only seen them a handful of times, including at the funeral of Prince Philip. 

According to a royal expert, Charles "personally regrets" that he has been unable to see his son and grandchildren and is said to have attempted to get the Sussexes to change their mind about their life in America. 

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"He no doubt personally regrets the fact that he won’t see his son and family as much as he otherwise would have. He likes tradition and order," royal biographer Nigel Cawthorne said.

"I think he genuinely made an attempt to support what Harry and Meghan were looking for as long as it wouldn’t upset other HRH’s.

"In truth, however, there wasn’t a lot he could do apart from offering moral support," Nigel, who wrote Prince Andrew, Epstein and the Palace, told Fabulous.

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The royal pro also explained that it’s unlikely that Charles will try again to get Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan to come back to royal life, following their famous step back.

"For the sake of The Firm he will feel this outcome is better that the monarchy is small in size rather than a constellation of stars in separate orbits."

Harry also recently opened up about his childhood under the royal spotlight, admitting that many of his mental health struggles stem from growing up as a member of the monarchy. 

Speaking on his and Oprah Winfrey's documentary, The Me You Can't See, the Duke of Sussex confessed that even flying back to London fills him with negative emotions. 

"For most of my life I always felt worried, concerned, a little bit tense and uptight whenever I fly back into the UK, whenever I fly back into London," he explained. 

"I was like, 'Why do I feel so uncomfortable?'

"And I could never understand why. I was aware of it. I wasn't aware of it at the time I was younger but after I started doing therapy and stuff like that. I became aware of it. For me, London is a trigger because of what happened to my mum."

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Prince Harry also spoke out about his decision to remove his wife and children from his royal lifestyle, admitting he feels as though he is a victim of a "cycle of genetic pain" as a result of his regal upbringing. 

"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," he told Dax Shepard's Armchair podcast. 

"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.'"

Caitlin Elliott
News Editor

Caitlin is News Editor for woman&home, covering all things royal, celeb, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Caitlin started on local papers and titles such as Cosmopolitan, Now, Reveal and Take a Break while studying for her Multimedia Journalism degree. She also worked in Fashion PR as a Press Assistant for Arcadia's Topshop before becoming a part of the Now team. Caitlin went on to add the likes of Woman, GoodtoKnow, WhatToWatch and woman&home to her writing repertoire before moving on to her current role.