Prince Charles raises eyebrows with family photo

If pictures can speak a thousand words then the lone photograph positioned behind Prince Charles during a recent video call must have a lot to say.

In a pre-recorded speech for an Australian superannuation conference in Adelaide on Tuesday, the Prince of Wales, 72, was seen seated in front of a wooden cabinet.

Prince Charles records a video message for an Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees conference in Adelaide. Photo: AAP.
Prince Charles displayed a single family photo during a pre-recorded video for an Australian superannuation conference. Photo: AAP.

Who's missing?

Between a pair of painted lamps is a single photo of four generations of the royal family: the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George.

The future king's second son, Prince Harry, 36, is nowhere to be seen, unlike in Charles' earlier video calls.

Throughout the pandemic, the senior royal has continued with his hundreds of appearances and engagements virtually from his various homes in the UK.

In April 2020, Prince Charles 'opened' a new hospital via Zoom from his Scottish residence, Birkhall. Perched on top of a piano in the background were myriad family portraits, including one of Charles with both William and Harry in military uniform.


Prince Charles sitting at home on a zoom call
In April 2020, The Prince of Wales opened the new NHS Nightingale London hospital via video link from his home in Scotland. Photo: Instagram/clarencehouse.

Tense relationship

But for his most recent call, Prince Charles opted to showcase one photo only which was released to the public on January 4, 2020, to mark the start of a new decade.

At around the same time, the Duke of Sussex announced he was stepping back from official duties and is now of course based in the US with his wife, Meghan Markle, and their son, Archie.

Harry's relationship with his father is thought to have soured considerably following his bombshell interview with talk show veteran Oprah Winfrey back in March. During the tell-all chat, Harry revealed that Charles had 'cut him off' financially and wasn't taking his calls.

The duke doubled down on his comments on a recent episode of actor Dax Shepard's podcast, Armchair Expert, in which he attributed his childhood "pain and suffering" to his dad.

One US journalist described Harry's move as akin to 'lobbing a grenade' into the ongoing royal rift.

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