Earlier this week, we reported that Prince Harry had called out his father Prince Charles’ parenting skills in a scathing interview on a podcast. Now, it’s been revealed that palace aides want Harry and his wife Meghan Markle to give up their royal titles in the wake of this new “shocking” and “disgraceful” attack on the royal family.
While appearing on a podcast on Thursday, Harry seemed to knock Charles’ skills as a father, and appeared to drag Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip into his criticisms as well.
“People are appalled that he could do this to the Queen when the Duke of Edinburgh is barely in his grave,” one aide told Daily Mail. “To drag his grandfather into this is so shocking and disrespectful.”
“The Duke of Sussex has now spent a significant amount of time emphasising that he’s no different to anyone else and attacking the institution which he says has caused him so much pain,” the aide added. “There is a growing feeling that if you dislike the institution that much, you shouldn’t have the titles.”
Another source agreed that Harry and Meghan need to give up their titles.
“They should put the titles into abeyance, so they still exist, but are not used, like they agreed to do with their HRHs,” this source said. “They should just become Harry and Meghan. And if they refuse to do that, they have to explain why not.”
This comes after Harry said on the podcast that as a father himself, he is determined to break the cycle of “genetic pain.”
“He’s treated me the way that he was treated,” Harry said of his father. “There’s a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on anyway. Isn’t life about breaking the cycle? There’s no blame.”
“But certainly when it comes to parenting, if I have experienced some kind of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that, perhaps, my father or my parents had suffered, I’m going to make sure I break that cycle so I don’t pass it on,” he added.
Harry also compared life in the royal family as “a mixture between The Truman Show and being in a zoo,” a reference to the 1998 Jim Carrey movie about a man who is oblivious to the fact that his entire life is a TV show.
“I’ve seen behind the curtain,” Harry said. “I’ve seen the business model. I know how this operation runs… I don’t want to be part of this.”