King Charles offers Prince Harry 'olive branch' with 'sensitive message' evoking 'bittersweet memories'

19 June 2023, 07:26 | Updated: 20 June 2023, 12:55

King Charles has posted a poignant photo of himself with Prince Harry
King Charles has posted a poignant photo of himself with Prince Harry. Picture: Alamy

By Kit Heren

King Charles has extended an olive branch to Prince Harry, by posting a "bittersweet" photo featuring him and both of his sons as children.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

The photo, published on the Royal Family's Twitter account, shows Charles, William and Harry exploring the countryside on the Balmoral estate in Scotland. William was 14 and Harry was 12.

The picture shows Harry pointing something out to his brother and father, who are both looking attentively.

Charles accompanied the photo with the caption: "To Dads everywhere, we wish you a very special Father’s Day today."

The post also includes poignant photos of Charles and his father, the late Prince Philip, and his wife Camilla with her father, Major Bruce Shand.

Read More: King Charles makes major change to how Royal Family spend summer holidays

Charles with Harry and William at Balmoral
Charles with Harry and William at Balmoral. Picture: Twitter

Charles and Harry have fallen out over Harry and Meghan Markle's move to the US and away from being senior working royals.

But the new photo suggests Charles is trying send a "sensitive message" to his younger son by evoking "bittersweet memories", according to royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams.

Charles with Prince Philip
Charles with Prince Philip. Picture: Twitter

It comes after Harry and Meghan's podcast series with Spotify came to an end, with a senior executive hitting out at them after the relationship ended.

The couple had initially signed a three-year deal to produce content for Spotify, with Meghan hosting the first series called Archetypes.

But after they "parted ways" with the streaming giant, Bill Simmons, who is Head of Podcast Innovation and Monetisation, was quick to hit out at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

"The f***ing grifters. That's the podcast we should have launched with them," he said in the latest episode of his own podcast on Friday.

"I've got to get drunk one night and tell the story of the Zoom I had with Harry to try and help him with a podcast idea. It's one of my best stories."

Listen and subscribe to Unprecedented: Inside Downing Street on Global Player

Meghan hosted the Archetypes podcast series
Meghan hosted the Archetypes podcast series. Picture: Spotify/Alamy

Meghan's Spotify podcast was axed earlier in the week after it failed to meet targets.

Her Archetypes series, which focused on "labels that try to hold women back", will not get a second season.

A joint statement from Spotify and Archewell Audio, which is Meghan and Prince Harry's production firm, said the two were "proud of the series we made together" but they had "mutually agreed to part ways".

The Sussexes had reportedly signed a $20m deal with the streaming giant in 2020, and the show featured Mariah Carey and Serena Williams.

Read more: Meghan Markle's multi-million pound podcast Archetypes dropped by Spotify as it 'fails to hit targets'

Read more: Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were 'snubbed' from Trooping the Colour invite list

Bill Simmons
Bill Simmons. Picture: Getty

Harry and Meghan are also understood to have not been invited to the King's first Trooping the Colour on Saturday .

They stayed in the US with their children, Prince Archie, four, and Princess Lilibet, two.

Both Buckingham Palace, and a rep for the couple, have declined to comment on the reports.

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Christina Sandera and Clint Eastwood in 2018

Clint Eastwood's partner Christina Sandera dies aged 61, as 94-year-old Hollywood icon gives poignant tribute

Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories is unlawful, the International Court of Justice has ruled

Top UN court rules Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories 'unlawful', as Netanyahu slams 'false decision'

Over 4,000 flights have been delayed or cancelled today.

Has your flight been affected by the global IT outage? Can you claim compensation?

Friday was the hottest day of the year so far - but the mini heatwave will end soon

Exact date mini-heatwave to end, as Friday becomes hottest day of the year so far with temperature close to 32C

Ben Ross has been missing since July 10

Mum of missing Brit Ben Ross to fly to Majorca for desperate search as police issue statement

Shaikha Makhra announced her split on Instagram

Dubai princess announces divorce from husband via Instagram 'as he is occupied with other companions'

Thousands of flights where cancelled across the globe on Friday.

Worldwide IT outage could last 'days' as flights grounded, shops closed and operations cancelled

The Kering Foundation Hosts First-Ever Caring For Women Dinner

Emma Watson ‘stalker’ arrested after demanding to see Harry Potter star at Oxford fashion show

Passengers are facing delays across the country

Is your flight delayed? Airports and airlines issue updates after mass IT outage causes travel chaos around the world

Evan Gershkovich, a Wall Street Journal reporter, was detained last March on spying charges

American journalist jailed for 16 years in Russia after being convicted of espionage

People have been out enjoying the sunshine ahead of the weekend.

Hot hot hot! Temperatures soar to 31C today and 30C tomorrow after an uncomfortable tropical night tonight

Harehill descended into chaos yesterday evening

Starmer condemns ‘shocking and disgraceful’ disorder after riot sweeps through Leeds

Joe Biden and Barack Obama worked in office together between 2008 and 2016

Biden planning ‘major announcement’ about his future as Obama says he must ‘seriously consider stepping down’

Zara McDermott opened up about the "extremely distressing" events that occurred behind the scenes at Strictly Come Dancing.

Zara McDermott hits back after ex-Strictly pro Graziano Di Prima claims he only kicked her once

Lee Laudat-Scott is charged with touching a boy under 13.

Former Labour councillor Lee Laudat-Scott charged with sexual assault of a child

Graham Gomm

Urgent manhunt as prisoner escapes custody at HMP Wormwood Scrubs during trip to hospital