Prince Charles ‘in a state of despair’ after Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview

Prince Charles is said to be "in a state of despair" over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The Prince of Wales's hopes to become a "popular King" were dashed as his son revealed he "felt let down" by him, a pal told Vanity Fair.

The Duke of Sussex denied "blindsiding" the Queen over his and Meghan Markle's decision to be interviewed.

Harry claimed he had emailed his father as he had stopped taking his calls for a time in the US show which airs on ITV at 9pm.

He added that while they are now on speaking terms: “There’s a lot to work through there. I feel really let down because he’s been through something similar.”

The claims have left Prince Charles "in a state of despair" according to a friend who spoke to the magazine.

Royal author Sarah Gristwood added: “For Prince Harry to say that he felt let down by his father must have been a difficult thing to say and hard for Charles to hear.

"Now, just at a time when by and large Charles had started to look like a more popular King than one would have guessed, here’s a major blow to his reputation.

"That his son felt let down by him. It’s hard to know if Harry is aware of the damage this has done. Did he actually intend to cast this damaging light on his father and his family? We don’t know.”

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In the two-hour special aired in the US on Sunday, Meghan claimed she became suicidal, her son Archie wasn't made a prince due to concerns over him being too "dark", and that Kate Middleton made her cry before her wedding to Harry.

The various Royal households have reportedly been locked in crisis meetings for most of Monday as they work out the next steps.

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Royal experts say the interview might be as damaging as Princess Diana’s 1995 Panorama sit-down with Martin Bashir.

Ms Gristwood told Vanity Fair: “I think the interview is as major as Diana’s Panorama interview definitely, and there are similarities.

"“It does have the sense of the Diana style burning of boats. What’s worrying for the monarchy and public perception of the monarchy is that we thought Diana’s death had triggered a big shift. Now it’s looking as though actually not enough has changed.

"Just like Panorama, the fall-out from this feels like a moment when the royal family and the palace establishment have to think again and start re casting themselves if they’re going to be in a position, to borrow Meghan’s words, to thrive and survive in the 21st century.”

Watch the full interview on ITV at 9pm on Monday night and on ITV Hub, Courtesy of Harpo Productions/CBS'

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