As anyone with even a fledgling interest in the British royal family is well aware, Prince Charles and Prince Harry’s relationship is…not great! But this week, Prince Charles unexpectedly shouted out his son during an essay in Newsweek, praising Harry’s work in combating climate change.
“As a father, I am proud that my sons have recognized this threat. Most recently, my elder son, William, launched the prestigious Earthshot Prize to incentivize change and help repair our planet over the next 10 years,” Charles wrote. “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.”
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said that the essay could go a long way in repairing the damage in Charles and Harry’s relationship.
“I do think this tribute is very significant because this is one thing that Charles, William, and Harry share in common and that is the need to fight climate change,” he told The Sun. “Harry’s relations with his father have of course been extremely strained. The fact that Charles has done this in Newsweek, which has a large circulation in America, I think it’s clearly a form of an olive branch in the hope that there will be a form of reconciliation.”
Fitzwilliams added that he wouldn’t be surprised if Prince Harry delays his upcoming memoir as a result, saying, “I think if you offer an olive branch, it’s only reasonable to expect something in return. I would have thought that some form of postponement of the autobiography would be considered. Otherwise, everything that is said to Meghan and Harry when they come over for the platinum jubilee celebrations—which I’m sure they will—could conceivably find its way into the book.…The royal family needs to know the pressure is being taken off them when it comes to this autobiography. This is a way of handling it.”
Apparently, Harry’s memoir is expected sometime this year, and while it’s caused a lot of angst among the royals, his statement about the book was entirely drama-free:
“I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become. I’ve worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and my hope is that in telling my story—the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned—I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think. I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I’ve learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a firsthand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”
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