Prince Harry's 'deeply personal' note to 'very hurt' Charles

Prince Harry at the crowning of his father
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Prince Harry reportedly penned a 'deeply personal' note to his dad Charles. The Duke of Sussex is said to have reached out to his father ahead of his homecoming for Prince Philip’s funeral.

Their relationship had 'hit rock bottom', with Prince Harry preparing to see his family for the first time since stepping back from Royal duties in 2020. Charles is said to have been 'very hurt' by his son's decision to take part in a tell-all interview alongside wife Meghan Markle with US chat show host Oprah Winfrey.

It took place while the late Duke of Edinburgh was in hospital. Sources close to the Duke of Sussex - who lives in California with Meghan and their children Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet - told how he was 'forced to write letters' to his father due to a 'complete communication breakdown'.

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In his letters he 'outlined his reasons for leaving, while promising to 'respect the institution', sources said. Prince Harry, 36, made the sensational claim that one member of the family commented on how 'dark' his then unborn son Archie would be.

Meghan alleged the family refused to help her when she was feeling suicidal while pregnant, Mirror reports. Prince Harry told Oprah his father and brother were 'trapped' by the institution and could not leave if they wanted to.

Palace insiders revealed both were 'outraged' at the suggestion. A royal source said: "Truth be told, Harry didn’t really know what to expect before he came home, which is why he reached out before seeing everyone.

"He wrote a deeply personal note to his dad to try and set things straight but tensions are still running high and things haven’t exactly ironed out the way he had hoped. There had been a kind of unspoken agreement between everyone to park whatever has been on each person’s mind, and solely concentrate on supporting the Queen ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral.

" The feeling inside the camp was that it wasn’t the time nor the place to go over things, especially at such an emotional time for everybody involved." One palace insider said Charles was hoping to see his son again after Philip's funeral but Harry told him he was not planning on staying around.

It has since been reported that Harry has reached out to his brother Prince William. The Duke of Sussex is said to have contacted William in the hopes of 'calling a truce'.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams believes it would be the wrong idea for the couple to return to the Royal Family as it could leave them 'humiliated'. He said: "This would be one of the most bizarre events in royal history if they did return after all the attacks.

"It would be a humiliation for Meghan and Harry. The idea that after everything that has happened that Meghan and Harry could just walk back in is beyond extraordinary."