Last week, Prince Harry complained about life in the royal family once again in a new interview, this time comparing being in it to being in a zoo. Now, Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the royal family’s reaction to his latest interview has been revealed.
“The queen is unimpressed with Harry’s latest interview and found it hurtful. It hasn’t done their relationship any favors,” a source told US Weekly of Harry’s appearance on Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast last Thursday. The insider went on to say that Prince Charles and Prince William, Harry’s father and brother, are “livid too.”
This comes after Harry, 36, compared being a member of the royal family to being a caged animal.
“It’s a mix between The Truman Show and living in a zoo,” Harry said. “The biggest issue for me was that, being born into it, you inherit the risk. You inherit every element of it without a choice. And because of the way the UK media are, they feel an ownership over you.”
The source went on to say that Charles and William wish that Harry would “discuss” his “opinions” in private.
“It definitely hasn’t helped with healing the rift,” the insider continued, adding that the royal family doesn’t want to “engage” with Harry’s public comments. “They feel it was thoughtless and irresponsible of Harry to once again shade The Firm so soon after Prince Philip’s death, while the queen is still mourning the death of her husband.”
Harry had told Shepard that his relationship with his family took a turn in January of 2020, when he and his wife Meghan Markle took a step back from royal life.
“I was in my early 20s and I was thinking, ‘I don’t want this job, I don’t want to be here. I don’t want to be doing this,’” Harry said. “Look what it did to my mum. How am I ever going to settle down and have a wife and family, when I know it’s going to happen again?”
Prior to the interview, the Queen had been hopeful that Harry would be able to work things out with the royal family someday.
“With the way things are going, Charles may never forgive Harry, which hasn’t gone down well with Elizabeth,” a second source had said before the interview. “Elizabeth is proud of William for taking the dignified approach, unlike Charles, who still hasn’t forgiven Harry for dragging his name through the mud.”
Needless to say, Harry’s interview did nothing to help this rift.