‘Who’s paying for all this,’ he asked? To which Harry replied: ‘You are, pa.’
It was not a typical exchange between father and younger son, but it was characteristic. Unlike his awkward and tense relationship with Prince William, Charles enjoyed a closeness with Harry that he treasured.
His quip about the cost of the lavish pyrotechnics was not the only moment on that spring afternoon in 2018 that the Prince of Wales had drawn a warm smile of thanks from Harry. An earlier moment came when he guided the veiled Meghan down the last part of the St George’s Chapel aisle to his son’s side.
These were the days when Charles was generous in his terms of endearment, often referring publicly to his son as ‘dear boy’ and ‘darling boy’. How tragic, then, that just three and a half years later, father and son are said to be barely on speaking terms, with relations between them at an all-time low.
Harry’s extraordinary weekend outburst in which he claimed he had raised concerns about a billionaire donor in the ‘cash for access’ controversy has soured things even more. To those close to Charles, it was seen as every bit as mischievous an intervention as Harry’s criticism of his father as a parent.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Sir Richard Kay