PRINCE Harry today claimed his father Charles has stopped taking his calls after Megxit and was cut off by the Royal Family last year.
But the Duke of Sussex insisted he had not “blindsided” the Queen when announcing he and Meghan were stepping back as senior working royals.
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Speaking in the explosive interview with Oprah, the 36-year-old said he had tried to raise his intentions to leaving the Royal Family.
He said his father, Prince Charles, stopped taking his phone calls, saying: "Because 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.
"Of course I will always love him but there's a lot of hurt that's happened and I will continue to make it cone of my priorities to try and health that."
He also revealed the Royal Family had cut him off in the first quarter of 2020.
But he insisted that he would "never blindside" the Queen - saying he had spoken to his 94-year-old grandmother more in the past year than he had previously in years.
He added: "I have too much respect for her."
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And he admitted he would not have quit the Firm without Meghan's help saying: "I wasn't have been able to because I myself was trapped as well."
Harry added: "I didn't see a way out. I was trapped within the system, just like the rest of my family are.
"My father and my brother - they are trapped. They don't get to leave and I have huge compassion for that."
And he said he believed his mother Princess Diana would have been "angry" with how the situation panned out.
He said: "Ultimately, all she would ever want is for us to be happy."
He said his family was now surviving on money that had been left by his mother, saying she might have "seen it coming".
It comes after Meghan claimed there had been conversations with herself and Prince Harry about their unborn son and what colour his skin would be - and "what that would mean or look like".
Asked whether there were concerns that her child would be “too brown” and that would be a problem, Meghan said: “If that is the assumption you are making, that is a pretty safe one.”
Oprah had introduced the interview - confirming that "no subject is off limits" and that Meghan had not been paid for the chat.
Meghan also revealed she had struggled with suicidal thoughts during her time in the Royal Family.
Breaking down in tears, Meghan said: "I just didn't see a solution.
"I didn't want to be alive anymore."
But she said when she reached out for support she was told because she was not a paid employee, she could not be supported.
One night, while suffering suicidal thoughts, Meghan claimed that she forced herself to go to an event with Harry – because she felt she couldn’t be left alone, for fear of what she might do.
Meghan revealed: “I was ashamed to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry because of how much loss he suffered.
“But I knew that if I didn’t say it I would do it - because I just didn’t want to be alive anymore.
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“I didn’t want to be alive anymore. That was a very clear and real and frightening, constant thought.
"And I remember, I remember how he just cradled me."
And Harry later added he also went to a "dark place".