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Prince Harry’s decision to leave the Royal Family reportedly left Prince Charles “floored”. Prince Charles is said to have had a “complicated and complex” relationship with his sons. But is the unbreakable bond between the father and son the real reason why he will always be able to return to work in the Royal Family?
Unprecedented insight into the reasons behind Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to leave the Royal Family have been revealed in a new book, Finding Freedom.
Finding Freedom is being serialised in The Times and it has claimed the Sussexes and Cambridges were barely speaking by March.
However, a spokesman for the Sussexes, who now live in California, said they had not been interviewed for the book.
A statement said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to Finding Freedom.
“This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting.”
During the backlash the couple faced and the Megxit drama, Harry and Charles’ relationship has been tested according to royal experts.
Prince Charles was reportedly left “disappointed and crushed” by Finding Freedom.
But despite these trying times, Charles is said to have remained a calm voice of reassurance to his son and daughter-in-law.
The royals are said to have been in regular contact, with Prince Charles providing emotional and financial support, with phone and video calls from Castle of Mey in Scotland to Harry in California.
A royal insider told The Sun: “They have a very strong and close father-and-son relationship.
“Many people have speculated that the book was the end for Harry and Meghan in Britain.
“Too many people were criticised and too many people attacked, including William and Kate.
“But the Prince of Wales has made it clear the door is always open.”
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The source added Charles is “determined” not to allow any obstacles to dent their relationship.
The royal source said: “Since his move to Los Angeles they have been in regular contact.
“Charles is not an avid user of texts but there are video and phone calls.
“The book has never been a massive talking point between them and Charles is determined that it is not an obstacle.
“He has provided financial support, as any father would do when their son moves with a young family to the other side of the world.
“Their relationship is rock-solid and they remain close.
“They speak at least once a week and Charles is still a massive driving force in Harry’s life.”
Prince Charles is the longest-serving heir apparent in history after his mother became the Queen in 1952.
This means Prince Charles has spent most of his life as a “King in waiting”.
One royal source told the Sun: “When Harry was making the decision to step away from royal duties it was something he confided in his father about because he respects his opinion more than anyone else.
“Charles knows what it is like to be conflicted within the royal household.
“Harry has always been his own man and will do what he thinks is right.”
Prince Charles and Meghan Markle stepped back from their roles within the Royal Family at the end of March.
The couple decided to make the move in order to pursue a different path for themselves and their family.
Many royal experts have claimed the Duke of Sussex regrets his decision to step back from the Royal Family.
However, Express.co.uk spoke to body language expert and energy reader Alison Ward about Prince Harry’s and his feelings about the couple’s royal exit.
Having studied recent speeches made by Harry, she said: “Harry simply can’t be in a place or establishment that doesn’t allow him to be free, with an opinion and a task at hand; that of highlighting racism and other areas of ignorance and hate.
“His mother would be proud, like Harry she was not able to fit into an establishment that didn’t speak of these things, a place where she was told what to say.”
She added: “By Harry leaving the Royal Family and the UK, he is now free to do what his soul is meant to do; be the voice that Diana was not able to be.”
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