Prince Harry has served his punishment and now it's time for the King and the country to forgive him, says Mark Dolan

Prince Harry has served his punishment and now it's time for the King and the country to forgive him, says Mark Dolan

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By Mark Dolan

Published: 12/05/2024

- 10:13

Updated: 12/05/2024

- 10:54

'My message to Charles is a simple one - declare a ceasefire, meet the enemy, build a future together and give peace a chance'

God knows Prince Harry and I have had our differences.

We know how he has behaved over the last few years. He's been guilty of immaturity, selfishness and treachery.

And whilst all men should take responsibility in life and face the consequences of their actions, I feel in the case of Harry Windsor, the pendulum has swung too far in the other direction and now Prince Harry is being overly punished.

Yes, the book Spare was an egregious assault on his own family for money. The Oprah Winfrey interview was a slander on our monarchy, particularly the wild accusation of racism on which the Sussexes later backtracked. Of course they did.

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The podcast interview in which Harry more or less said that Charles was a rubbish dad, was needless and hurtful and untrue. Charles did his best under difficult circumstances.

Harry shared intimate details about a fight with his own brother, which should have stayed behind four walls.

He described his elegant and dignified stepmother, Queen Camilla, as dangerous and a villain, and he has waged a war on our world renowned free press.

There's nothing more unseemly than an out-of-touch, wealthy aristocrat trying to silence our revered national newspaper titles. Who is Harry to do that?

This is a man born into a world of untold privilege and fortune, purely because he was conceived in the right womb. He won the uterus lottery, but he is not above scrutiny.

And I've had a bit of heat for calling out Harry and Meghan in the past for their appalling behaviour. Well, forgive me for holding powerful public figures to account. I didn't realise that millionaire actresses and princes were the latest protected class. Well, they're not protected here. Not on my watch.

But at this moment in time, I'm beginning to feel protective of Harry himself. I'm deeply shocked that on his visit to the UK this week for a service to celebrate ten years of the Invictus Games and an inspiring event that he founded, Harry was not granted an audience with his own father.

Now, Charles is battling cancer. How must Harry feel not to be able to give his own dad a hug and ask him about his progress? Harry might be old school, wanting to pop round with a bottle of Lucozade and a bag of grapes, just to cheer the old man up.

For Charles to snub his own son in this way strikes me as a punishment disproportionate to the crime. How ill is Charles? I'm praying for a speedy recovery. But God knows how long they've got left together. None of us have got long, really. Life is short.

And in a needless slight to his youngest son, Charles has reportedly reduced Harry to tears by granting a military aviation honour on William, even though it's Harry who famously flew planes in two tours of duty in Afghanistan. Talking about kicking a guy when he's down.

And why hasn't Charles stepped in to make sure that his own son is safe and has top level armed royal security when he's in Britain? Yes. Harry walked away from his country and the monarchy and his public role, but at no point did Harry choose to be the King's son, which sadly does make him a target.

The court of public opinion has ruled on Harry, and he has served his punishment. With his reputation in this country in tatters and something of a laughing stock in the United States, trapped in a relationship which looks more like a hostage situation than a marriage. Harry has paid a mighty price.

He's lost his family, he's lost his country. And now he doesn't even have a proper bodyguard when he travels around London. I worry for Harry's safety. And I worry for his sanity too. I think he suffered enough and his mental and physical well-being is now a priority.

After all, this is the same human being who had to follow his mother's hearse at her own funeral at the age of just 12. I admire the King greatly, but it was wrong not to see Harry this week. William is consumed with rage, which I fear will never dissipate. That's brothers for you. But Charles, as Harry's father and the head of the family, should know better.

It's time for the King and the country to forgive Prince Harry. The war in Gaza is like a minor scuffle compared to what's happening in the Royal Family at the moment. My message to Charles is a simple one. Declare a ceasefire. Meet the enemy. Build a future together and give peace a chance. What you don't do is tell your own son to piece off.

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