Prince Charles 'chuckles' when asked about Harry and Meghan in first public appearance since interview

Rebecca Taylor
·Royal Correspondent
·3-min read

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Prince Charles laughed off questions about his son's explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey as he was seen in public for the first time since the special aired in the UK.

Prince Harry said he felt his father had let him down and was "trapped" by the system during a tell-all programme with the TV chat show host.

Charles's name also been drawn into speculation after Meghan and Harry said a member of the family raised "concerns" about the colour of their child's skin, but then did not name which royal made the remark.

Winfrey said Harry had been clear it was not the Queen or Prince Philip who asked about the colour of his skin, but the Duke of Sussex said he would never talk about the "awkward" conversation.

On his first public appearance since the show aired in the UK, Charles was asked by waiting reporters what he thought of the programme, but simply "chuckled" and moved on.

Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales arrives at a pop-up NHS Covid-19 vaccine  clinic at Jesus House church in northwest London on March 9, 2021, where he learnt about the ongoing community work to combat vaccine hesitancy and support for the community from Pastor Agu Irukwu. (Photo by Ian Vogler / POOL / AFP) (Photo by IAN VOGLER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Prince Charles at a pop-up NHS COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Jesus House church in north-west London. (AFP)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales visits Jesus House church to see an NHS vaccine pop-up clinic in action on March 9, 2021 in London, England. The Prince was shown round by Pastor Agu Irukwu and learnt about community work to combat vaccine hesitancy and support for the community during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Ian Vogler - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Charles made no comment about his son's interview with Oprah Winfrey. (WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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The Daily Express's Richard Palmer tweeted: "He was asked what he thought of the interview. He chuckled and carried on walking."

Charles, 72, visited a church in north-west London to see its pop-up vaccine site, and talk to people waiting to receive their jab.

Speaking to people through his face mask at Jesus House in Brent Cross, he told one woman from Nigeria: "Oh fantastic, yes, I’ve been there.

“Lots of different ethnic groups.

“Do give them my kind regards next time you speak to them.”

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Maziya Marzook, 42, from Harrow, said: “He didn’t bring up anything, he was more interested in how the vaccine was and how we feel.”

Saying he seemed like a "humble" and "nice person", she added: "It’s good that he comes like this, the encouragement he’s giving."

Charles has already had his first vaccine. He had coronavirus in March 2020, but only suffered mild symptoms.

The fallout from his son's interview with Winfrey has continued with the couple's claims dominating news cycles.

Harry said he felt let down by his father, saying he and Meghan did not get the support they needed.

"I feel really let down because he’s been through something similar," Harry said.

“He knows what pain feels like.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales visits Jesus House church to see an NHS vaccine pop-up clinic in action on March 9, 2021 in London, England. The Prince was shown round by Pastor Agu Irukwu and learnt about community work to combat vaccine hesitancy and support for the community during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Ian Vogler - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Charles was shown round by Pastor Agu Irukwu and learnt about community work to combat vaccine hesitancy and support for the community during the coronavirus pandemic. (WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales visits Jesus House church to see an NHS vaccine pop-up clinic in action on March 9, 2021 in London, England. The Prince was shown round by Pastor Agu Irukwu and learnt about community work to combat vaccine hesitancy and support for the community during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Ian Vogler - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
It was Charles's first appearance since the interview aired in the UK, with more than 11 million people tuning in. (WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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He added: “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.”

More than 11 m people watched the programme when it aired on ITV on Monday night, with the broadcaster winning rights to show it in the UK, in a deal said to be worth £1m.

Buckingham Palace has not yet commented on the programme.

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