Prince Charles will be struggling to cope with Prince Harry's public criticism of the royal family because he is an 'immensely sensitive' and 'very, very shy' man, Princess Diana's former vocal coach has claimed.
Stewart Pearce, author of the book Diana: The Voice of Change, said he thought Prince Charles, 72, would have retreated from Harry, 36, after he spoke out about the 'genetic pain' passed on by his father because he 'can't deal' with the comments.
'Prince Charles is a very, very shy man, a very sensitive and delicate man, but we see his public personality, but in private, he's immensely sensitive,' Pearce told Us Weekly.
He added, 'when we're sensitive, if we're dealing with very strong, combustible emotion on the outside of us,' people tend to go into fight or flight.
Stewart Pearce, author of the book Diana: The Voice of Change, said he thought Prince Charles, 72, would have retreated from Harry, 36, after he spoke out about the 'genetic pain' passed on by his father because he 'can't deal' with the comments
Pearce pointed to when Princess Diana accused him of having an affair with Camilla.
'What he did was to shrink back and as a result of that became an aloof,' Pearce explained. 'Well, that doesn't heal the challenge that's taking place.'
Pearce said what he understands of Prince Charles' personality is reflected in recent reports that there has been a 'lapse in contact' between the royal and his youngest son.
Pearce continued: 'He can't deal with it because of his sensitivity, so he hides. And what Harry's trying to do is to heal that.
'Not out of umbrage, not out of anger or revenge or criticism or accusation…I felt that he was just somebody saying, 'This is the way that it is, and this is why we want to make change.'
Prince Charles and Prince Harry are expected to see each other for the first time since the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral at the unveiling of the new Princess Diana statue in Kensington Palace Gardens.
The Queen has reportedly invited Prince Harry for lunch at Windsor Castle during his visit.
‘It’s a typically magnanimous gesture by Her Majesty,’ a courtier told Richard Eden. ‘The lunch will be a chance for them to talk things through.’
Pearce said what he understands of Prince Charles' personality is reflected in recent reports that there has been a 'lapse in contact' between the royal and his youngest son in the wake of recent interviews. Pictured, Harry and Meghan in their Oprah Winfrey interview
It would be the first time that Harry has had a tete-a-tete with his grandmother since he and Meghan announced that they were quitting Britain more than a year ago.
After the rancour of the Sandringham summit and tense ‘Megxit’ negotiations, she hosted an informal Sunday lunch for Harry in March 2020 — a month before he and Meghan formally stepped down as working members of the Royal Family.
They ate in the Queen’s dining room in her Windsor Castle apartment. When Harry attended the funeral of his grandfather, Prince Philip, he spoke to the Queen only outdoors with other members of the Royal Family.
They will certainly have much to discuss. In his and Meghan’s now infamous interview with Oprah Winfrey, they made a string of distressing claims about the Royal Family and accused an unnamed royal of racism.
In a string of public appearances since, Harry has blamed his family for his mental anguish and said just the thought of flying back to London was enough to fill him with dread.
The Queen, by contrast, has made clear that Harry and Meghan will be ‘much loved family members’. A Buckingham Palace spokesman declined to comment.