Charles ‘deliberately’ used US magazine to publicly praise Harry in new bid to heal rift

Prince Charles confirmed as 'hardest-working' Royal Family member '

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Prince Charles “deliberately” made the first move to break the ice with his son Prince Harry after publicly praising him in a US magazine. Charles commended Harry’s charitable work on climate change in an essay for Newsweek this week. Christina Garibaldi, a US Weekly correspondent, told the podcast Royally Us that the gesture was “baby steps into making amends” with the Duke of Sussex.

Co-host Christine Ross said: “We know it’s been tense, we know they are not really speaking.

“So it was really lovely to see Charles make such a supportive statement.

“He will always be proud of his son and the achievements he has made in his charitable work.”

Ms Garibaldi pointed out that Charles’ essay was his first in a US publication in over a decade, something she called a “deliberate move”.

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She continued: “Hopefully this is baby steps into making amends because we have been talking about this for years at this point.

“We have had experts tell us they are talking, they are not talking, we will never really know.

“But it’s a nice thing to do, to publicly shout out his son and the hard work he has done.”

Ms Ross added: “Charles definitely made that statement on purpose.”

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The thrust of the New Year essay was a call for action against climate change.

In it, he wrote: “Most recently, my elder son, William, launched the prestigious Earthshot Prize to incentivise change and help repair our planet over the next ten years by identifying and investing in the technologies that can make a difference.

“And my younger son, Harry, has passionately highlighted the impact of climate change, especially in relation to Africa, and committed his charity to being net-zero.”


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Harry and his wife Meghan Markle left the UK in 2020 amid a growing rift with other members of the Royal Family.

It is thought that Charles and Harry have had only a few “fraught” conversations on the phone since Harry and Meghan moved to California.

Later this year, Harry is set to release a tell-all memoir and it is feared that the book will cover the relationship with his father.

Unlike Charles, the Queen used her speech at the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow in November to name-check both Charles and William for their work, but not Harry.

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