Meghan Markle orders Harry to ‘bond’ with Prince Charles

Allison Yee
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

They’ve shared a notoriously tricky relationship that saw Prince Harry take what many viewed as a thinly veiled stab at his dad Prince Charles last year, when he spoke out about why he shouldn’t have been made to walk behind his late mum Diana’s coffin as a child.

Now, with Prince Harry embarking on building on a family of his own with Meghan Markle, insiders say there’s been a noticeable change in the father-son dynamic, and it’s all down to Harry’s new wife.

Meghan is reportedly behind Harry and Charles’ newly close relationship. Photo: Getty

Meghan, who is extremely close to her mum Doria Ragland, has apparently ordered Prince Harry to make peace with his dad, Prince Charles.

“She told Harry he was wonderful, welcoming, warm, hard-working kind and stable,” an insider told the Daily Mail.

“She made it clear that he should appreciate him and bond more.”

Reports claim peacemaker Meghan has urged her new husband to strengthen his family ties. Photo: Getty

Prince Harry and his brother William were told of their mum’s tragic death in 1997 by their dad, with Harry admitting it was a tough situation for them all.

“[Our dad] was there for us — he was the one out of two left, and he tried to do his best and to make sure that we were protected and looked after,” Harry said in the BBC documentary Diana, 7 Days. “But he was going through the same grieving process as well.”

Harry has spoken about the struggles he faced following Diana’s death when he was just 12. Photo: Getty

With Prince Charles later moving on with his romance with Camilla, insiders say that, along with the distance that came with royal duties, did little to help Harry’s interactions with his father.

“It is a slightly tricky relationship, because Charles has always been quite a remote figure, he has always been consumed by work,” royal expert Penny Junor told the Daily Beast.

“Even after Diana died, he still worked his socks off. He made sure they were well looked after, but they are not as close as they might have been.

“That’s not a product of a lack of love. It’s a product of the fact he is so focused on his work.”

Meghan is extremely close to her mum Doria, and no doubt wants the same harmony in her husband’s family too. Photo: Getty

That fractured family dynamic is something the former Suits star is determined to heal, especially after Prince Charles – who is said to adore Meghan – stepped in at the last minute to walk her down the aisle after her own father was unable to attend.

Prince Charles walked Meghan down the aisle following her own family dramas. Photo: Getty

“There has been a wedding bonus for all the family: a sort of mega-watt warming effect,” the source told the Daily Mail.

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