Prince Harry has revealed his father Charles stopped answering his calls after he and wife Meghan Markle distanced themselves from the royal family.
Speaking to Oprah during an exclusive CBS interview, Harry said the Queen was not blindsided by the couple's decision to step back as senior royals.
He said he had three conversations with the Queen about their plan and two conversations with Prince Charles.
Prince Harry was asked to detail his plan in writing to Prince Charles, and Prince Harry said he put all the specifics in that document, including plans to make the announcement on January 7.
He revealed in the interview following the announcement Prince Charles stopped taking his calls.
"Because I took matters into my own hands," Prince Harry said.
"It was like, I need to do this for my family. This is not a surprise to anybody.
"It's really sad that it's got to this point, but I've got to do something for my own mental health, my wife's."
Prince Harry hesitates to answer question about father
Harry said his family also had cut them off in the first quarter of 2020 but said he had spoken to the Queen more in the past 12 months than ever before.
When asked about his relationship with his father, Prince Harry hesitated before saying there was a lot to work through.
"I feel really let down because he has been through something similar," he said.
"He knows what pain feels like and Archie is his grandson ... but I will always love him."
He added one of his priorities was to try and heal the relationship with his father.
When asked about his relationship with his brother Prince William, he said "I love him to bits".
"He's my brother, we've been through hell together," he said.
"And we have a shared experience. But we, you know, we have different paths."
Prince Harry said he was now relieved to have the freedom to sit down in the interview with his family by his side.
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