Prince Harry ‘furious’ after discovering Prince Charles' involvement in ‘emotional betrayal’

Prince Harry’s military career was reportedly ‘curbed’ by his father

Prince Harry and Prince Charles attend the Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on September 10, 2014 in London, England
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Prince Harry was reportedly left “furious” after Prince Charles was “implicated” in a decision that hugely impacted his son’s path in life, according to royal commentators. 

  • Prince Harry served in the Army for ten years, undertaking two tours of Afghanistan and rising to the rank of Captain before leaving the armed forces in 2015. 
  • Now it’s been claimed by royal commentators that the Duke of Sussex was left “furious” after he learned that Prince Charles was allegedly involved in the “curbing” of his active military career.  
  • In other royal news, Prince Harry reveals why Archie's first words were 'really sad' for him in new docuseries.  

Prince Harry was reportedly left angry after discovering that his father Prince Charles was "implicated" in the decision to recall him to the UK during his time in the army. 

The Duke of Sussex left the armed forces in 2015 after ten years, during which he rose to the rank of Captain and undertook two tours of Afghanistan. Though as such a prominent member of the Royal Family, his 2007 deployment is said to have kept a secret and he had to return to the UK early after his cover was blown by the media. 

Now it’s been claimed by royal commentators in the Channel 5 documentary, Charles & Harry: Father and Son Divided, that this recall affected Harry and Charles' relationship. 

The documentary’s narrator stated, "A furious Harry seemed to hold the press responsible for his mother's death and for the curb on his service career. Then he discovered that his father was involved too."

Prince Harry, Lieutenant Wales, takes part in a parade to Holy Trinity Church (the Household Cavalry Garrison Church) from Combermere Barracks to attend a service of thanksgiving following a medal presentation ceremony where he was awarded his Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan (Campaign Medal) on May 5, 2008 in Windsor, England

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While royal author Tom Quinn alleged, "Unfortunate for Charles that he was implicated in the decision to recall his son. It was another example of Charles the Father doing something that Harry the Son didn't like.”

This sentiment was echoed by journalist Bidisha, who speculated about Harry’s perception of the events surrounding his return, "He must have been asking, 'Are my father and the world's media actually working together?'

"The next one in a long line of emotional betrayals that have come from the people who are really the closest to him.” 

Prince Harry, carrying his rucksack and wearing a flak jacket, leaves the terminal building at RAF Brize Norton Prince William and Prince Charles after returning from Afghanistan where he spent 10 weeks on active duty on March 1, 2008 in Brize Norton, England

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The narrator went on to claim that Charles was motivated by a "desire to protect his son", something relationship psychologist Anjula Mutanda shed more light on.

"As a parent, he would have been in protection mode. As the son, [Harry] would have been saying 'Trust me, I know what I'm doing, don't interfere'”, she explained.

"Typically that would have brought its own internal tensions between father and the son. Their idea of the right thing is very different."

Prince Harry and Prince Charles' relationship has been under the spotlight in recent months after Harry and Meghan's bombshell Oprah interview. During the special, Harry claimed that his father stopped taking his calls after he revealed his and Meghan's intention to step back as senior members of the Royal Family. He also described Charles and Prince William as “trapped” in the institution.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 9, 2020 in London, England

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The Duke of Sussex then discussed their relationship further on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast. Here he described “genetic pain and suffering” being “passed on” and suggested Charles “treated [him] the way he was treated”. 

This has led to Prince Charles being questioned over Prince Harry’s comments on the Royal Family. Though despite the rumors of tension, Harry did seem hopeful in his Oprah interview that they could grow close once more. 

"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 relationship”, he declared.

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


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