KEY POINTS

  • Prince Charles "believes in diversity" and was "let down" by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's racism claims, a report says
  • The Prince of Wales reportedly took the allegations "the most seriously" among the members of the royal family
  • Palace sources said Princes Harry and William have always had a "complicated relationship" with their dad

Prince Charles was disappointed by the allegations of racism Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made in their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this month, according to a report.

Prince Charles and the rest of the British royal family were criticized after Markle revealed during the tell-all that some members of The Firm had "concerns" about how dark their first child's skin would be before he was born—a claim Prince Harry supported. Winfrey later said the Duke of Sussex told her neither his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II nor his grandfather Prince Philip had been involved in these "conversations."

The Prince of Wales apparently "feels enormously let down" by their accusations, People reported, citing an unnamed source "close to the royal household."

"The prince believes in diversity and his actions show that," the insider told People. "He was the first person to highlight the Windrush generation [the first mass immigration from the Caribbean to the U.K. in the 1950s] and the contributions they made to British society. He has worked hard for the Muslim community. Of all the members of the royal family, he has taken this issue the most seriously."

Prince Charles' sons, Prince Harry and Prince William, have always had a "complicated relationship" with their dad, an anonymous palace source told the outlet.

"It's not a straightforward father-son relationship," the royal insider said. "He is their father and their boss, and they are beholden to him to fund their offices and lives."

During their interview with Winfrey, Prince Harry also admitted that he felt let down when his father didn't pick up his calls after he revealed his decision to step back from royal duties. Despite their falling-out, the Duke of Sussex wanted to work on his relationship with his father.

"I feel really let down because he's been through something similar. He knows what pain is like. And Archie's his grandson," Prince Harry said. "Of course, I will always love him, but there's a lot of hurt that's happened. And I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship."

Prince Harry also opened up about his relationship with his brother, Prince William, and the Queen in the same interview. He said there is space between him and Prince William. However, he remains close to his grandmother.

Meanwhile, "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King revealed earlier this week that Prince Harry and Markle have spoken to the royal family since their interview with Winfrey aired.

"I did actually call them to see how they were feeling," King said on the show, adding, "and it's true, Harry has talked to his brother, and he has talked to his father too. The word I was given was that those conversations were not productive. But they are glad that they have at least started a conversation."

Polling also reveals a much less favourable opinion of the queen's oldest son and heir Prince Charles, 72 Polling also reveals a much less favourable opinion of the queen's oldest son and heir Prince Charles, 72 Photo: POOL / Aaron Chown