Prince Charles was "knocked to the ground with several punches" after son Harry's bombshell interview with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey, a royal expert has claimed.
A new Channel 5 documentary, Charles & Harry: Father & Son Divided, probes the supposed growing distance between the father and son.
In the documentary, royal experts look back on key moments in Charles and Harry's lives to chart the development of their estrangement from its earliest days.
It also analyses Harry and wife Meghan Markle's explosive interview with Oprah which sent shockwaves across the world.
The Duke of Sussex, 36, told the chat show host that there was a "lot of hurt" between him and his father and said Charles had stopped taking his calls.
In the interview, Harry also revealed that "my family cut me off financially".
He said he feels "really let down" by the Prince of Wales and added that "there's a lot of hurt that's happened".
And now, speaking on Channel 5’s Charles and Harry: Father & Son Divided, airing on Saturday night, royal commentator Julie Montagu said: "The person who was really knocked to the ground in that interview with several punches was Prince Charles 100%.
"The takeaway from that interview was that there is a real rift, there is real distance, there is real anger."
Relationship psychologist Anjula Mutanda added: "You could see that it was difficult for Harry to speak about his relationship with his family, but at the same time he wanted to.
"He wanted to get a message through that he has struggled deeply with what has been going on and there were definite fractures in the relationship.
"These are seismic statements to make about one’s own family members, and I wonder from Charles’ point of view he would have felt very exposed by his son."
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Speaking in the explosive interview with Oprah, Prince Harry said: "When we were in Canada, I had three conversations with my grandmother and two conversations with my father, before he stopped taking my calls."
He added: "By that point, I took matters into my own hands. I need to do this for my family.
"I’ve got to do something for my own mental health, for my wife’s, and for Archie."
And he said he felt "really let down" by his father, saying: "He knows what pain feels like.
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"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."
The explosive documentary also claims father and son are now "worlds apart" may never be able to resolve their differences.
Harry and wife Meghan Markle announced in January 2020 that they would step back from senior positions in the Royal Family following talks at Sandringham between Harry, Prince Charles, Prince William, and the Queen.
Meghan and Harry have since relocated with their son Archie Harrison to California, having spent the intervening period living in Canada, in hopes of a more private lifestyle.
Harry: Father & Son Divided airs on Channel 5 at 9pm on Saturday, May 15.
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