In the now-infamous Oprah Winfrey interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Harry made quite a few accusations against his family. Many of which revolved around a lack of warmth from his father. This lead to him having a troubled childhood on top of the fact that his mother tragically died, of course.
He mentioned in the interview, “The highlight for me is sticking [my son, Archie] on the back of a bicycle in his little baby seat and taking him on bike rides, which is something I was never able to do when I was young,”
There are a couple of disadvantages to growing up royal, particularly if you’re going to decide to criticize your family in your later years. One of those disadvantages is that people have been taking pictures of you literally your whole life. Therefore if you say something like you were never able to bike ride with your father you should be careful.
There might be more than a few people with pictures that can prove you wrong. That’s exactly what happened to Prince Harry in this instance. Below we can see him happily riding along with Prince Charles just like he does with Archie!
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Not remembering riding a bike with your father when you were that young may not be a huge deal. It does cloud some of the other more outrageous statements that were made by Harry in the interview.
At one point, for example, he mentioned that Prince Charles was not answering his calls. That statement may actually have been true. However, the Prince had some very good reasons to stop answering the phone. A royal source told the Telegraph about the call issue,
“If he was less inclined to take calls, it might be because he didn’t want to be treated like a cash dispenser. I think a lot of parents will be able to identify with that.”
In Harry’s new series “The Me You Can’t See” the Prince speaks about some of the conversations that he’d had with his father over the years. He mentioned that Charles used to say to him, “Well, it was like that for me, so it’s going to be like that for you,’”
For him, this was evidence of what he called passing on the pain and suffering. Which Harry mentioned was in many ways the legacy that Prince Charles had passed on to him. Of course, Charles and Diana’s marriage was not optimal, but does that mean the Prince of Wales was mean to his kids?
When Prince William and Prince Harry were seeing talking and giggling after Prince Phillip’s funeral there was a sense of hope. Even despite what was said in the Oprah interview the family could forget and forgive.
Since then though, Harry has doubled down and continued to speak negatively of his experiences in the Royal Family. The worse part is he can’t even blame Meghan this time! The last appearances have been essentially solo ventures. That July trip to the UK is set to be one awkward affair!