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Prince Charles "in a state of despair" after Harry and Meghan interview

Prince Charles "in a state of despair" after Harry and Meghan interview

Prince Charles is reportedly "in a state of despair" after his youngest son Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle sat down with Oprah for a bombshell interview.

Royal author and Vanity Fair correspondent Katie Nicholl made the claim to the outlet on Monday.

“As Vanity Fair reported on Sunday, Harry was emailing his father to justify why he and Meghan had done the interview,” Nicholl wrote. “Charles was said to be ‘in a state of despair’ according to a friend.

“For Prince Harry to say that he felt let down by his father must have been a difficult thing to say and hard for Charles to hear,” royal author Sarah Gristwood also told the outlet.

“Now, just at a time when by and large Charles had started to look more like a popular king than one would have guessed, here’s a major blow to his reputation,” she shared. “That his son felt let down by him.

“It’s hard to know if Harry is aware of the damage this has done. Did he actually intend to cast this damaging light on his father and his family? We don’t know.”

According to Nicholl, the palace will reportedly respond to the televised interview. However, she said they will take their time “and choose their words carefully”.

Sources told Nicholl that Charles, along with Harry’s older brother Prince William, “are very concerned” by the claims that were made in the interview. She also claimed palace aides were also caught off-guard by the allegations that were made by the Sussexes.

“Palace aides had feared the interview would make them look out of touch, but sources say they have been shocked by the severity of the allegations,” Nicholl wrote. “The various households will be locked in crisis meetings for most of Monday as they work out the next steps.”

Nicholl also shared that the Queen has not seen the interview, “but was briefed by aides over breakfast Monday morning”. Her husband Prince Philip remains in hospital.