/Prince Harry wrote Charles deeply personal letter before Prince Philips funeral

Prince Harry wrote Charles deeply personal letter before Prince Philips funeral

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Tensions still remain, but Prince Harry has made a start on healing his rift with the family (Getty)

The Duke of Sussex wrote his father a ‘deeply personal’ letter ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral as he tried to heal tensions within the family.

Prince Harry, 36, wrote the message after his relationship with Prince Charles ‘hit rock bottom’ in the aftermath of his and Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey last month.

It is thought the Prince of Wales still remains ‘very hurt’ at their decision to take part in the two-hour special, in which he was accused of no longer taking his son’s calls.

Among the other shocking claims was that an unnamed member of the Royal Family raised ‘concerns’ about what colour Harry and Meghan’s baby Archie would be.

Meghan, 39, said she had suicidal thoughts as she struggled with the pressure of being a senior royal, claiming she couldn’t get any help from Buckingham Palace.

She also suggested Archie was not given the title of prince because he is mixed-race, while Harry suggested his father and brother were ‘trapped’ by the institution and couldn’t leave like he did.

Sources close to the Duke of Sussex, who now lives in California with Meghan and Archie, say he was ‘forced to write letters’ to the Prince of Wales as there had been a ‘complete communication breakdown’.

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral saw Harry return to the UK for the first time since his bombshell interview with Oprah (Picture: PA)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the oprah winfrey interview
Harry and Meghan made a number of explosive claims about the Royal Family in the interview, which aired while Philip was in hospital (Picture: Getty Images)

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The Duke of Sussex claimed his father Prince Charles had stopped taking his calls after he settled down in the US (Picture: AP)

Writing to his father, he ‘outlined his reasons for leaving’ and promised to ‘respect the institution’, according to the Mirror.

A royal source added: ‘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.’

Senior Royal Family members tried to heal tensions after the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral on Saturday by holding peace talks on the grounds of Windsor Castle, according to reports.

The Duke of Sussex was said to have talked things over with his father Charles, brother William and sister-in-law Kate for around two hours.

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Sources claim Harry was forced to write letters to Charles because there had been a ‘complete communication breakdown’ (Picture: Getty Images)

Frogmore Cottage
Senior members of the family were said to have held peace talks in Frogmore Cottage after the funeral (Picture: Getty Images)

Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank, who now live at the cottage after Harry and Meghan left for the US, ‘made themselves scarce’ while the group ‘hammered things out’, the Sun reports.

An royal insider said: ‘Harry obviously felt outnumbered as there are three of them and only one of him so wanted it to be on his home turf.

‘There is no way this is the end of the crisis in their relationships but it’s a good gesture and a nice way to take the first step towards healing.

‘William, Kate and Charles all left after about two hours, which was long enough for the process of getting father and brothers talking again to start.’

Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace did not comment.

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