Prince Harry talks breaking ‘cycle’ of bad royal parenting after Prince Charles

Prince Harry has revealed that he intends to break the ‘cycle’ of bad royal parenting with his own children.

The Duke of Sussex said he doesn’t intend for Archie or his new daughter he shares with wife Meghan Markle to experience the "pain and suffering" of becoming trapped in that cycle.

Appearing on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, which was released on Thursday, Harry revealed that he doesn’t intend to follow in his father Prince Charles’ footsteps, or mimic the way Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip raised Charles.

"Isn’t life about breaking the cycle?" he asked during the episode.

"There’s no blame," Harry was quick to add. "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."

Depictions of royal parenting have been rife in recent years, with Philip being "brusque" and "demanding" in Netflix series The Crown, as well in Charles’ own authorised biography.

In the book, written by Jonathan Dimbleby with Charles’ approval, the Queen is accused of being "physically and emotionally distant", according to The Independent.

The publication continued: "[Charles’] deepest anger is reserved for the Duke of Edinburgh, who is described as ‘harsh’, ‘hectoring’ and deeply irked by his son’s solemn and over-sensitive nature."

Charles attended Gordonstoun as a child, a remote boarding school in Scotland, despite the Queen Mother appealing for him to attend Eton, which was closer to Windsor Castle.

Harry explained that his father "treated me the way he was treated", continuing: "We as parents should be doing the most we can to try and say ‘You know what, that happened to me, I’m going to make sure that doesn’t happen to you’.

"I never knew about [the cycle growing up], and then suddenly I started to piece it together and go ‘Okay, so this is where he went to school, this is what happened.’

"I know this is about his life, I also know that is connected to his parents so that means he’s treated me the way he was treated, so how can I change that for my own kids?"

The Duke went on: "And here I am, I moved my whole family to the US. That wasn’t the plan, but sometimes you’ve got to make decisions and put your family first and put your mental health first."

Elsewhere in the interview, Harry admitted that he first thought about leaving royal life in his "early 20s" because of what happened to his mum Princess Diana.

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He likened his life to 1998 Jim Carrey movie The Truman Show, and said it was like "being in a zoo", with audiences looking at him from all directions.

And Harry also admitted that though he doesn’t think he needs therapy for his mental health anymore, he still wants to continue with it for his own wellbeing.

  • Meghan Markle
  • Prince Charles
  • Prince Harry
  • Prince Philip
  • Princess Diana
  • Queen

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