King Charles’ Relationship With Royal Family Members

King Charles III and Prince Harry have been estranged, but the Queen’s death may have brought them back together.

King Charles III walks with Prince Harry as they arrive at St. George’s Chapel inside Windsor Castle on September 19, 2022.

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Prince Harry’s relationship with his father has been strained since he and Meghan Markle stepped back from the royal family in January 2020.

They became more distant after Harry and Meghan’s 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, during which they said members of the royal family made racist remarks about Archie, the firm disregarded Meghan’s mental-health issues, Kate Middleton made Meghan cry during the week of her wedding, and the king cut the couple off financially when they stepped back.

The king did say he was “proud” of Harry in January 2022, and he was reportedly emotional when he met Harry’s daughter Lilibet in June. But the father and son’s relationship seemed tenser than ever before the Queen’s death.

After Queen Elizabeth died, the royal family appeared to rally together, including Harry and Meghan, who attended multiple funeral services for the Queen.

There were also signs that King Charles and Harry specifically were mending their relationship: the new monarch sent love to Harry and Meghan in his first address as king; he made an exception for Harry to wear his military uniform at a vigil for the Queen despite his step back from the monarchy; and the pair were photographed talking at funeral events for Her Majesty.

As Insider’s Mikhaila Friel reported, their relationship could be mended even further if the king gave Harry and Meghan’s children princely titles. However, Harry is set to release a memoir later this year, which could make things worse if he doesn’t frame the monarch in a positive light.

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