Prince Charles is hurt by the "unfair" comments about his parenting which were "hurled" at him by his son Prince Harry.
The Prince of Wales' son has made a number of media appearances this year during which he has appeared to disagree with elements of his royal upbringing.
Appearing on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, which was released earlier this year, Harry revealed that he doesn’t intend to follow in his father Prince Charles’ footsteps, or mimic the way Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip raised Charles.
Speaking of growing up in the public eye, the Duke of Sussex claimed his father told him and brother Prince William "well, it was like that for me, so it's gonna be like that for you"', and spoke of the Prince of Wales passing on "genetic pain and suffering".
Harry said: "That doesn’t make sense. Just because you suffered, it doesn’t mean that your kids have to suffer. In fact, quite the opposite.
"If you suffered, do everything you can to make sure that whatever experiences, negative experiences that you had, you can make it right for your kids.”
The 36-year-old told Dax Shepard that he was trying to break that cycle of harm for his own family, after having Archie, 2, and now Lilibet, who was born at the beginning of June.
And now a royal expert has claimed Prince Charles has been "hurt" by the comments.
Marlene Koening, a royal author and expert who runs the Royal Musings website, told the Daily Star that although Prince Charles has been hurt by Harry's words, the Prince of Wales has to "rise above it".
She said: "Charles is hurt. So many things have been hurled at him by his son and the dad has to rise above it.
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"We don't know if there's been any backchat, any private messages things like that but, with Harry saying his father said, 'it's going to be the same for you' and then Harry thinking 'I don't want this for my child'.
"You don't lash out at your father, you understand you can make the situation different."
Ms Koening added that the criticism was "unfair" as she suggested Charles learnt to be more hands-on than his own parents were from his own palace upbringing.
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She said: "What William is doing is changing within the confines of the royal family.
"Charles and Diana were far more hands-on parents than their parents were.
"It changes and now William and Catherine are much more hands-on than Charles and Diana were so there's this moving anyway so I think it was unfair of Harry to say that knowing his upbringing was different from his parents."
The Daily Star has contacted Harry's Archewell representative for comment.
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