Harry will snub Charles’ olive branch as he wants ‘public apology’ – new claims

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Prince Harry will refuse to re-engage with Prince Charles, despite this week’s olive branch offer, according to a royal historian. Charles appeared to make the first move to break the ice with his son Harry by publicly praising him in a US magazine this week. However, Dr Tessa Dunlop told MailPlus’ Palace Confidential that Charles did not go “far enough” in the eyes of the Sussexes.

In the essay for Newsweek, Charles 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.”

Daily Mail’s Royal Editor Rebecca English said: “Very notably, as well as praising his late father for the work he did in this field, he also praises both his sons William and Harry for inheriting his mantle on this.

“I don’t think it was a coincidence. Relationships with Harry are still really poor.

“I do think this is an olive branch to his younger son to show that he is still loved and he is still valued.

“How that will be received is anyone’s guess.”

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The Mail’s Diary Editor Richard Eden saw the essay as part of Charles’ plan to win back the affection of his younger son.

He said: “How Charles has reacted has been incredible. Despite all the provocations, the great unpleasantness of the Oprah Winfrey interview, Charles hasn’t lashed out.

“And when Charles has responded, he’s done so in this magnanimous, very regal way and tried to be as friendly as possible.

“I think that’s his aim: to try to keep Harry on side and bring him back.”

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Dr Dunlop responded: “If he really wanted to front-foot and love up to Harry, he would have put Harry above William in the article.

“He could have done it that way around, he didn’t. Who knows why not?”

When host Jo Elvin remarked that putting Harry ahead of William in the essay would have been a “strong statement” for William to swallow.


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But, Dr Dunlop explained: “It will take quite a strong statement to get Harry re-engaged in a conversation, as we gather.”

She noted that this wasn’t enough in the Sussexes’ eyes: “If you are feeling wounded, and feeling like a victim, you want more than a regal silence.

“You want an apology, an acknowledgement of the parenting pain he has talked of.

“If he wants to make it up to Harry, he has not gone far enough to meet their California sensibilities.

“I’m not blaming Charles but that’s what they want. They feel bruised.”

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