Prince Charles shares rare public praise of Harry

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Publish Date
Wed, 5 Jan 2022, 12:40PM
Prince Charles has recognised Prince Harry's work in a new statement. Photo / Getty Images
Prince Charles has recognised Prince Harry's work in a new statement. Photo / Getty Images

Prince Charles shares rare public praise of Harry

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Wed, 5 Jan 2022, 12:40PM

Prince Charles has publicly praised Prince Harry in a move that could be perceived as an olive branch amid reports of a relationship breakdown. 

The Duke of Cornwall penned an essay highlighting the good work both of his sons have done in the effort to help combat climate change. 

"The scale and scope of the threat calls for regional and global solutions that will require the active participation of every sector of industry, in every country around the world. As a father, I am proud that my sons have recognised this threat," he wrote in the piece for Newsweek. 

"Most recently, my elder son, William, launched the prestigious Earthshot Prize to incentivise change and help repair our planet over the next ten years by identifying and investing in the technologies that can make a difference." 

And while some have speculated there is an ongoing feud between Charles and Harry, the royal did not omit praise for the Duke of Sussex. 

"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," Charles wrote. 

"The eyes of our children and grandchildren are judging us. Let ours be the generation that can. And does. As we enter a new year, there is not a moment to lose." 

The statement follows reports from last month suggesting their father-son relationship is at an "all-time low". 

The Sun reported the pair have "barely spoken" other than a handful of phone conversations throughout most of 2021. 

At the time of the reports, Harry revealed in a statement, that he cut ties with his father's Saudi billionaire donor as he did not trust his "motives". The move was rumoured to have sparked tension between them. 

Harry shared that he severed ties with the controversial Saudi billionaire, Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz, a full year before his father cut off contact. 

His statement came in the wake of an investigation into Charles' charity foundation after his aide Michael Fawcett, 58, was accused of orchestrating a knighthood for Mahfouz in return for charitable donations. 

What may have also sparked tensions was the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, and Harry's additional comments in an Apple TV + documentary that he was determined to "break the cycle of suffering" he experienced.