Prince Harry lavished praise on Prince Charles' parenting just three years ago, a resurfaced interview reveals.

It comes after the Duke of Sussex criticised his father last week, saying Charles "suffered" during his childhood, and “treated me the way he was treated”.

Speaking about his upbringing as a royal, Harry told Dax Shepard his father passed on "genetic pain" and talked about how he wants to "break that cycle".

It is a far cry from the relationship the dad and son appeared to have when they chatted on BBC Radio 4's Today show back in 2017.

During that broadcast, Harry enthused: "We could talk about this for hours and hours, which we always do, but not with a microphone in front of us.

Harry last week said he wanted to 'break the cycle' of 'genetic pain'
Harry last week said he wanted to 'break the cycle' of 'genetic pain'

"I totally see it and I totally understand it because of all these years and conversations we've been having.

"I do end up picking your brains more now than I ever have done."

The Prince of Wales referred to his son as "dear boy", stating: "Well darling boy it makes me very proud to think you understand."

On his 'Armchair Expert' podcast Harry appeared to have changed his tune.

He said: "When it comes to parenting, if I've experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents had suffered, I'm going to make sure I break that cycle so that I don't pass it on.

Harry appeared to take a swipe at his dad last week
Harry appeared to take a swipe at his dad last week

"It's a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on anyway, so 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'."

Harry said that, as he grew older, he realised Charles was raising him in the same way he had been raised himself, and he wanted to change that for his own children.

In a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year, the Duke of Sussex said there was a 'lot of hurt' between him and his father.

Their relationship reportedly soured to the extent Prince Charles had stopped taking his son's calls following Harry and Meghan's decision to step away from royal duties.

Harry quit the Royal family to live in the US last year
Harry quit the Royal family to live in the US last year

Speaking to 'Charles & Harry: Father and Son Divided' producers, royal author Tom Quinn said: "There is no doubt the gulf between Harry and Charles had widened considerably.

"I mean I think if they are not careful it will be very difficult to bridge that divide in future

"I can't see how they can do it."

Grant Harrold, ex-butler to Prince Charles, William and Harry also told the documentary: "The damage is done.

"And that makes me sad because the relationship that I knew which was a loving, caring, fun relationship can never be like that again."