Today host Karl Stefanovic blasts 'whining' Prince Harry: 'Give it a rest'

Today host Karl Stefanovic has blasted Prince Harry in an on-air rant, accusing the royal of 'whining' about his 'privileged' upbringing in his latest tell-all interview.

The presenter didn't hold back when discussing the 36-year-old duke's recent appearance on actor Dax Shepard's podcast, Armchair Expert, on Friday morning's show.

Karl to Harry: 'Give it a rest'

On the podcast, the LA-based prince opened up about everything from going to therapy to heal the 'genetic pain' of his childhood to escaping the media scrutiny of life as a royal, which he compared to The Truman Show.

"It's a great thing that he got away from all that prying press in the UK," Karl, 46, joked of Harry's decision to relocate to California with his wife, Meghan Markle, and their son Archie.

"You've got to take the mental health stuff pretty seriously," co-host Allison Langdon countered.


"Of course, Ally, but I'm just saying it's ridiculous how he keeps whining about his childhood," Karl replied.

"He grew up in privilege, in a palace," he added. "I mean, just give it a rest, bro."

Karl Stefanovic blasts Prince Harry on today show
Karl Stefanovic has blasted Prince Harry for 'whining' about his 'privileged' upbringing in his latest tell-all interview. Photo: Channel Nine.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, speaks onstage at Vax Live
Prince Harry at the "Vax Live" fundraising concert in California on May 2, 2021. Photo: Getty Images.

'Get on with it'

Ally didn't add further comment but Karl couldn't help observing that nowadays Harry appears different to the carefree party boy of his younger years.

"He looks happier, too, when he was partying in Vegas, I'm just saying," he said.

Later in the show, Karl delivered another serve at the royal for once again 'bagging his family' just two months after his explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.

"The guy doesn't need to go from his [Californian] mansion and start rabbiting on about how hard life is when he has got enormous privilege, and to keep bagging his family," he said.

In Karl's opinion, the prince, who is expecting his second child with wife Meghan, should follow Her Majesty's lead and keep calm and carry on.

"Just get on with it. Just get on with it. Take a lesson out of the Queen's book and just get on with it. Carry on.

"I'm not saying anything more about that... it's really riled me."

Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and prince charles
On the Armchair Expert podcast, Prince Harry made some extraordinary claims against his father Prince Charles (pictured together in 2019). Photo: Getty Images.

'Pain and suffering'

During the 90-minute chat with Dax Shepard on Armchair Expert, Prince Harry made some extraordinary claims against his father Prince Charles.

The Duke of Sussex said he felt Charles handed down a "cycle of genetic pain and suffering" to him, which prompted his decision to leave the UK with wife Meghan Markle and son Archie.

"It’s a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on anyway," Harry said, opening up about how he wanted to leave royal life since his "early 20s" because of "what it did to my mum".

"So we as parents should be doing the most we can to try and say, ‘You know what? That happened to me, I’m going to make sure that doesn’t happen to you," he added.

Harry went on to say he started to 'piece together' the 'cycle' - pointing out he felt the way he was treated when he was a child was likely the same way his father was treated by his parents, the Queen and Prince Philip.

"I never saw it, I never knew about it, and then suddenly I started to piece it together and go, ‘OK, so this is where he went to school, this is what happened, I know this about his life, I also know that is connected to his parents so that means he’s treated me the way he was treated, so how can I change that for my own kids?'" he told Dax.

"And here I am, I moved my whole family to the US, that wasn’t the plan but sometimes you’ve got make decisions and put your family first and put your mental health first."

Like 'being in a zoo'

Harry appeared on the podcast to promote his new documentary series with Oprah Winfrey, called The Me You Can't See, which is about mental health issues.

He reflected on his own struggles, describing his life as a royal as "a mixture between The Truman Show and being in a zoo," which he no longer wanted to be a part of.

"I've seen behind the curtain. I've seen the business model and seen how this whole thing works and I don’t want to be part of this."

Harry suggested it was a conversation with Meghan that led to him getting therapy, saying: "Once I did therapy, it was like the bubble was burst. I was like, OK, you're in this position of privilege, stop thinking as though you want something different, make this different, because you can't get out.

"How are you going to make this different, how are you going to make your mum proud? How are you going to use this platform to effect change and give people confidence to change their lives?

"Looking back I realise helping other people helped me."

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