King Charles III: Prince Harry suggested his relationship with his father is tense, but it doesn’t appear Charles has shut his son out entirely.
King Charles III has never publicly addressed reports of a rift between himself and Prince Harry – but Harry has several times.
During his and Meghan’s 2021 bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, Harry said Charles stopped taking his calls before the royal couple stepped back from royal duties. He also told Winfrey that Charles cut him off financially during the summer of 2020.
However, Charles and Harry have reunited a handful of times since the Sussex’s departure to California, including at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in September 2022. Despite the reunion, Charles remained mum about his and his son’s current relationship. Instead, Charles has acknowledged his son in more subtle ways.
In his first speech as king, Charles said he wanted to “express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas.” Charles reportedly got emotional while meeting his granddaughter and seeing his grandson, Lilibet, and Archie, in June 2022.
Harry said he and Charles had a disagreement in January 2020 during an episode of his Netflix docuseries.
In the 2022 Netflix docuseries, “Harry & Meghan,” Harry said members of the British royal family – including Charles – came together for a January 2020 meeting at Sandringham House to discuss his and Meghan’s desire to have their own jobs, but work in support of the monarchy. Just days earlier, Harry and Meghan announced their intention to step back from royal duties.
“It became very clear very quickly that that goal was not up for discussion or debate,” Harry said in the docuseries. “It was terrifying to have my brother scream and shout at me, and my father say things that simply weren’t true and my grandmother quietly sit there and sort of take it all in.”
Additionally, Harry and Meghan are expected to be invited to Charles’ coronation in May 2023 despite the docuseries.
And in his recently released memoir, “Spare,” Harry wrote that Charles didn’t want to pay for Meghan to become a full-time royal.
Harry wrote that Charles told him there wasn’t enough money to support him and Meghan as full-time royals before their wedding, in “Spare.”
“I can’t pay for anyone else. I’m already having to pay for your brother and Catherine,” Charles said, according to Harry.
Harry, however, suggested that Charles was more concerned about Meghan taking the limelight than the money.
William, Prince of Wales: Reports of tension between William and Harry emerged in 2018.
William and Harry’s relationship emerged as tumultuous in the last several years, with publications reporting a strain between the two brothers and their families in 2018.
William and Kate Middleton – now the Princess of Wales – had lived alongside Harry and Meghan at Kensington Palace since May 2018, following the latter couple’s wedding. However, Harry and Meghan announce they would move out of Kensington Palace and into Frogmore Cottage in November 2018. In March 2019, Harry and Meghan announced they were splitting their royal office from William and Kate.
“Two years ago the idea of Harry leaving Kensington Palace was unthinkable but a lot has changed,” a royal source added in a 2018 Vanity Fair report. “He wants to be his own person, not in William’s shadow.”
In “Spare,” Harry referred to William as his “beloved brother” and “archnemesis.”
Harry reflected on his past and present relationship in the memoir, writing, “In some ways he was my mirror, in some ways he was my opposite. My beloved brother, my arch nemesis, how had that happened?”
Harry also wrote that William was fairly “discouraging” of his relationship with Meghan and told Harry not to propose “too fast.” He also claimed William wanted to accompany him to his therapy sessions to ensure he wasn’t being “brainwashed.”
Camilla, Queen Consort: Camilla gave a subtle nod to Harry during a royal engagement but has otherwise remained silent.
Like her husband, Camilla, the Queen Consort, hasn’t publicly commented on the ongoing tensions between the Sussexes and the royal family. However, royal biographer and author Angela Levin told Fox News Digital in October 2022 that Camilla was “very upset” for Charles amid the reported rift.
During an interview on “60 Minutes,” Harry said Camilla was “dangerous” due to her relationship with the British press.
“She was the villain. She was the third person in the marriage. She needed to rehabilitate her image,” Harry told Anderson Cooper, referring to Camilla’s publicized affair with Charles.
“That made her dangerous because of the connections that she was forging with the British press,” Harry added. “And there was open willingness on both sides to trade for information.”
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie: Royal experts suggest that Harry’s relationships with his cousins are in better shape.
Much of the tabloid speculation about the royal rift focused on the “Fab Four,” but Harry’s cousins have also witnessed the fallout. Royal commentators like Richard Fitzwilliams have said that the Sussexes have a closer relationship with their cousins at the moment.
Fitzwilliams told Express in July 2022 that Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie – daughters of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson – have “good relations” with the Sussexes.
“I suspect the York sisters’ good relations with Harry and Meghan are very beneficial to the monarchy,” he said, adding that the sisters can provide “healing.”
“It is perhaps a relief that we don’t know any details, but the healing of rifts is best done quietly,” Fitzwilliams added.
Peter Philips, Zara Tindall, and Mike Tindall: Peter and Zara played subtle roles in the rift, while Mike had to dodge a disparaging conversation about Harry.
Peter Phillips – eldest son of Anne, Princess Royal – has publicly remained on the fringes of the rift but made an appearance during Prince Philip’s 2021 funeral. Days before the funeral, Buckingham Palace confirmed that Peter would walk between William and Harry during the procession amid media speculation about the brothers’ spat.
“This is a funeral and we are not going to be drawn into perceptions of drama,” a statement said.
It appeared Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall might have played a similar role as Peter, when she shared a car with Harry following a 15-minute vigil for the late Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall in September 2022. Mail Online reported that month that the Sussexes are close with Zara and her husband, Mike Tindall.
While none of the cousins have addressed the rift, Mike dodged a question about Harry during a December 2022 episode of his podcast.
Doria Ragland: Doria has remained close to her daughter Meghan and, by extension, Harry.
Harry and his mother-in-law appear to have a good relationship. After proposing to Meghan in 2017, the couple appeared in a BBC interview that November where Harry called Doria “amazing.”
Although Doria weathered media attention during her daughter’s wedding, she didn’t publicly speak out about the royals until “Harry & Meghan.” In episode two, Doria said she thought Harry was “the one” for Meghan after meeting him for the first time.
“He was just like, six-one, handsome man with red hair,” Ragland said. “Really great manners. He was just really nice.”
Doria’s vocal criticism of her ex-husband, Thomas Markle, also shed light on her protectiveness towards Meghan and Harry. During episode three, Doria lambasted Thomas for accepting money to pose for paparazzi pictures ahead of Harry and Meghan’s wedding.
“I was absolutely stunned that Tom would become part of this circus,” she said. “I felt sad that the media would run with this … that he would capitalize, certainly as a parent. No. That’s not what you do. That’s not parenting.”
Thomas Markle: Unlike Doria, Thomas has lambasted Harry in the press.
While Meghan’s relationship with Thomas deteriorated in recent years, it appeared that Thomas’ bond with Harry struggled to take off.
Thomas and Harry have never met in person, neither before the wedding nor after the eventual alleged fallout. Instead, Thomas said he’s had a handful of phone conversations with Harry, including a heated exchange about Thomas’ staged paparazzi photos before the couple’s wedding.
After Meghan reportedly cut ties with Thomas, he proceeded to speak to publications like the Daily Mail, The Sun, and Good Morning Britain. Thomas initially spoke fondly about the couple and expressed regret at missing their wedding, but he later changed his tune.
“If I had one message for her it would be that I’m sorry for anything that went wrong. I’d like to put our differences behind us and get together,” Thomas told The Sun in July 2018. “If I had a message for Harry, it’s ‘get over it.’ I’m your new father-in-law.”
Sources around that time reported that Meghan and Harry were upset that Thomas shared details about their private conversations in public. In April 2002, he said in one of his YouTube videos that “everyone would hate’ Harry and Meghan if it weren’t for their PR team.
Samantha Markle: Samantha has mostly taken aim at her half-sister Meghan, not Harry.
Meghan also has a rocky relationship with Samantha Markle, her estranged half-sister who has also blasted Harry in the media.
The majority of Samantha’s press attacks are aimed at Meghan, including comparing her to Disney villain Cruella De Vil and criticizing her on social media. But sometimes Harry is grouped in as well. In December 2022, Samantha gave an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson in which she called Meghan and Harry’s Netflix docuseries a “$100m fake news PR machine.”
On January 6, Samantha told TMZ that she and other Markle family members won’t read Harry’s memoir, “Spare,” because it is “fiction” and a “money grab.”