Prince Charles seen in public for first time since Meghan and Harry interview

Prince Charles has carried out his first public duty since the explosive claims aired by Harry and Meghan’s in Sunday’s Oprah Winfrey interview.

The Prince of Wales was pictured at Jesus House church in north London to see an NHS vaccine pop-up clinic in action.

He appeared in good spirts as he thanked people involved in the rollout.

He was seen making people waiting for the jab laugh as he asked questions about how they were feeling and told them that he had already received his vaccine.

“I may be a little bit older (than you),” he answered.

A Sky News reporter, also at the church, asked the royal what he thought about the interview but he did not reply and was ushered out of the building.

The Prince of Wales arrives for a visit to an NHS vaccine pop-up clinic at Jesus House church, London. Picture date: Tuesday March 9, 2021.
The prince appeared in good spirits during the visit

Buckingham Palace has still not responded to the interview, which included allegations that comments were made about the colour of the Sussexes’ son Archie’s skin before he was born.

Winfrey told US channel CBS, which aired the interview on Sunday, the couple were not prepared to publicly reveal who made the comments but said they weren’t made by the Queen or Prince Philip.

More than 11 million viewers watched the interview on ITV – and one of those viewers was Boris Johnson.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman said: “He did but you have the PM’s words from the press conference last night and I won’t be adding any further to what he said.”

The spokesman also declined to comment on the White House’s response to the interview, whether it may affect the UK’s reputation around the world, or whether the nation has a duty of care to the monarchy.

What else did Harry say about his father?

During the interview which was shown in the UK on Monday night, Harry revealed he felt “really let down” by how his father handled his decision with his wife to leave the country and quit royal duties.

He admitted that the pair have been estranged but that he hopes to “heal” the relationship.

Harry said while in Canada, where they decided to quit their royal duties, he had “three conversations with my grandmother and two conversations with my father, before he stopped taking my calls”.

He said Charles asked for him to put his plan “in writing”, adding: “I put all the specifics in there, even the fact that we were planning on putting the announcement out on the 7th of January.”

The Royal Family has not commented on the interview yet
The Royal Family has not commented on the interview yet

Asked why his father had stopped taking his calls, Harry said: “Because I took matters… by that point I’d took matters into my own hands.

“It was, like, I needed to do this for my family. This is not a surprise to anybody. It’s really sad that it’s got to this point.”

When Oprah asked if Charles was now taking his calls, Harry said “yes” – suggesting they are now on speaking terms.

The Duke of Sussex also said he believed his father and brother are “trapped” in royal life and will never be able to escape.

Prince Charles, Prince Harry and Archie
Prince Charles, Prince Harry and Archie

Divided opinion

Opinion among the general public in the UK following the interview was mixed. A YouGov poll, carried out before the show was aired in full on British television, asked people whether they thought the interview was appropriate or inappropriate.

Some 47% said it was inappropriate, while 21% said it was appropriate and 31% didn’t know.

People were also asked how much sympathy they have for Harry and Meghan – 12% said a lot, 17% a fair amount, 23% said not very much, 33% none at all, and 15% didn’t know.

And they were asked how much sympathy they have for senior members of the Royal Family – some 16% said a lot, 23% said a fair amount, 25% said not very much, 20% said none at all, and 16% did not know.

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