KEY POINTS

  • Prince Charles would be "bewildered" by Prince Harry comments on his parenting, according to a royal commentator
  • Prince Charles was reportedly also "cut up" over his son's claims about him in his interview with Oprah Winfrey
  • The royal expert said Prince Charles "did his best as a single parent for a lot of the boys' childhood"

Prince Charles would be hurt by Prince Harry's comments about the royal family's approach to raising children, a royal commentator has suggested.

On Thursday, the Duke of Sussex said on Dax Shepard's "Armchair Expert" podcast that he wanted to break the cycle of "pain and suffering" and raise his son, Archie, differently from how his dad brought him up. Prince Harry also said that he isn't blaming anyone but doesn't want to pass on the "genetic pain" he suffered growing up.

However, royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah suggested that Prince Harry's comments would have left his father "bewildered."

"That was quite an extraordinary comment," Nikkhah said when she appeared on BBC Radio 4's "Today."

"The Prince of Wales, who I know was really cut up about the remarks Harry made about him in the Oprah interview, will be bewildered by this latest outburst. For better or worse, the people who know Prince Charles, and Prince Harry and Prince Willia, will agree he did his best as a single parent for a lot of the boys' childhood," she continued.

Nikkhah further said she believes people would be puzzled by Prince Harry's statement after witnessing on several occasions the "warm" relationship the father and son shared. She brought up Prince Charles walking Prince Harry's wife Meghan Markle down the aisle during their 2018 royal wedding because her own father, Thomas Markle Sr., couldn't attend.

Nikkhah also suggested that the royal family's reconciliation with the Sussexes may not be happening anytime soon with Prince Harry’s new revelations in his recent interview.

"This second stab coming at Charles so soon after the Oprah interview will leave him extremely bewildered," she continued. "All the speculation about any reconciliation between members of the Royal Family which we had during the funeral of Prince Philip, I think it's pretty clear that's not going to happen."

In his podcast interview, Prince Harry made it clear that he's not pointing fingers at anyone and that he only wants to "break the cycle" in the upbringing of royal children for the sake of his own kids.

"There’s no blame. I don’t think anyone should be pointing the finger and blaming anyone. Certainly, when it comes to parenting, if I’ve experienced some form of pain and suffering because of the pain and suffering that perhaps my father or parents suffered. I’m gonna make sure I break that cycle so that I don’t pass it on," he explained.

Prince Harry said his own awareness about his father's life helped him raise Archie differently. He explained that he started to "piece it all together" and that was among the reasons they decided to leave his home country to settle in the U.S.

"I know this about his life. I also know that it’s connected to his parents, so that means that he’s treating me the way that he was treated, which means how can we change that for my kids?" Prince Harry said.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry's relationship with his older Prince William has also yet to improve, according to royal expert Nick Bullen. Despite being spotted having a friendly conversation when they reunited at Prince Philip's funeral last month, Bullen said, citing unnamed sources, that the two brothers are "not talking at the moment."

Prince Charles and Prince Harry Pictured: Prince Harry and Prince Charles laugh during the Invictus Games Opening Ceremony on Sept. 10, 2014 in London. Photo: Getty Images/Chris Jackson