Prince Harry revealed that his father Prince Charles stopped speaking to him after he and wife Meghan Markle announced their plans to step down from their royal duties, telling Oprah Winfrey in a CBS interview on Sunday that he feels “really let down.”

“When we were in Canada, I had three conversations with my grandmother and two conversations with my father and – before he stopped taking my calls – and then [he] said, ‘Can you put this all in writing what your plan is?'” Harry said.

Winfrey asked Harry why his father had stopped speaking to him during the couple’s royal exit. “Because… by that point, I took matters into my own hands,” Harry replied. “It was like I need to do this for my family. This is not a surprise to anybody. It’s really sad that it’s gotten to this point, but I’ve got to do something for my own mental health, my wife’s, and for Archie’s, as well, because I could see where this was headed.”

He later clarified that his dad is now taking his calls again: “Yeah. Yeah, he is. There’s a lot to work through there, you know? I, I feel really let down, because he’s been through something similar.”

“I think everyone needs to have compassion for them in that situation, right?” Harry said. “There is a level of control by fear that has existed for generations.”

“My father and my brother, they are trapped,” he added. “They don’t get to leave. And I have huge compassion for that.”

He also admitted that he wouldn’t have left the royal family if it wasn’t for Markle.

“I wouldn’t have been able to, because I myself was trapped, as well,” he said. “I didn’t see a way out. You know, I was trapped, but I didn’t know I was trapped. But the moment that I met Meg, and then our worlds sort of collided in the most amazing of ways.”

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