King Charles stunned crowds when he offered a seemingly cold response after being asked whether his estranged son Prince Harry would be welcomed back to the royal fold.
The 74-year-old monarch was meeting with students at the University of East London on Wednesday when one fan brazenly asked, “Can you bring back Harry?”
Charles’ one-word response was blunt: “Who?”
The Mirror reported that the king actually didn’t hear the full question, and his reply wasn’t intended as a hit at his 38-year-old son.
When he realized what the fan had actually said, Charles laughed, then quickly moved on.
Charles and Harry’s relationship has been strained since the prince left the United Kingdom with his wife, Meghan Markle in 2020, citing media harassment. That relationship has only become increasingly strained as the estranged royals continually made bombshell claims and allegations against the rest of the royal family, such as those made in their famous interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Harry was reportedly angered after Charles and the rest of the royals refused to agree to his “half in, half out” proposal, in which he wanted to represent the monarchy from Canada while also earning an independent income.
That relationship recently hit rock bottom, following the publication of Harry’s memoir “Spare.”
In the book, Harry lashes out at his dad’s wife, Queen Consort Camilla, accusing her of leaking negative stories about him.
In spite of the damaged relationship, Charles reportedly still wants Harry to attend his coronation in May, allegedly believing the prince’s absence will cause more drama than his attendance.
Other reports claim that Charles intends to address his relationship with Harry in an upcoming BBC profile ahead of his official rise to the throne. Some believe that Charles may use the interview as an opportunity to discuss some claims made by Harry in his book.
“Plans are already up and running for coronation coverage at the BBC, including the profile on the monarch,” an insider told the Mirror recently. “It is not the done thing to avoid subjects in interviews, so it makes matters tricky.”
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