The clip in the documentary shows Prince Charles overwhelmed by his oldest son's words.
It's no news that Prince William and Prince Harry have always been mamma's boys, as they were closer to Diana. The brothers have been quite vocal about the impact she had on them growing up, even though she was sadly not around to watch them bloom into adulthood. Reportedly, Prince Charles on the other hand has had to use outsiders to help him build a relationship with his sons.
Things became a little more clear about the feud between him and his sons when the Spectator reported that William refused to mention him in the documentary that marked the 20th death anniversary of their mother, Diana. It was Harry who gave him a short tribute for his "incredible work."
According to the royal biographer, Penny Junior, the relationship grew more complicated because Prince Charles was rarely present when the boys were growing up. She said, “It is a slightly tricky relationship because Charles has always been quite a remote figure, he has always been consumed by work," reported by The Daily Beast.
"That’s not a product of a lack of love. It’s a product of the fact he is so focused on his work, and the need to make a difference in the world that, like many people who are seeking to make a difference in the world, he has sometimes overlooked friends and loved ones beside him,” she added.
However, that equation seems to have changed in recent years and all three men show love and respect for each other. The relationship between Charles and William has especially improved since they have realized being first and second in line to the throne, they would be assuming the same responsibilities. William spoke about it recently in a documentary and Charles confessed that his son's words "reduced him to tears," reported Town & Country Magazine.
Charles revealed that while watching a clip of William talking to Mervyn Keeling, a second-generation tenant in Cornwall made him emotional. In the footage, as William and Keeling talk about the importance of family and its legacy, William says, “I think it’s important, Mervyn, about the family angle. I really do. I’ve started to think about how I will inherit the Duchy one day and what I do.”
The Duchy of Cornwall is very important to Prince Charles as it was established in 1937 by Edward III for his own heir, Prince Edward. The 53,000 hectares of land and a financial portfolio, both are managed by the Prince and that's how he earned both his titles: Prince of Wales and Duke of Cornwall. The new ITV documentary, Prince Charles: Inside the Duchy of Cornwall, portrays both personal and professional aspects of Prince Charles' life.
Talking about William and his touching words, Prince Charles said, “I saw it and I couldn’t believe it. I was deeply touched by what he said. Frankly, it reduced me to tears. It did really. Because I suddenly thought, well, just hearing that from him has made all the last 50 years worthwhile,” reported Marie Claire.
After Diana's death in 1997, Prince Charles had to be strong for his sons throughout the grieving process even though he was heartbroken as well. Prince Harry, back in 2017, in a BBC documentary Diana, 7 Days confirmed that his dad did just that. “[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,” as reported by People.
William revealed that even though it was hard for him and his brother to understand Prince Charles' handwriting, the two loved to keep in touch with their dad through letters while he attended classes at Eton.
Prince Harry divulged that the two would exchange letters to interpret their father's words, reported The List. “At school, we regularly swapped letters and said ‘erm, I think I know what it says, can you read it to me?’ And it was just drivel,” He said.
Charles has denied all claims by publications that portray him as a father who has a complicated relationship with his sons all these years. When in 2018, The Daily Beast accused the Prince and his sons of being people who "rarely see each other outside of official business," his team at Clarence House called the story a “total fabrication.”
Whatever the truth might be, both William and Harry seem to have immense respect for their father. In 2019, when Charles turned 70, Harry praised his infectious "enthusiasm and energy."
"It has certainly inspired William and I to get involved in issues we care passionately about and to do whatever we can to make a difference,” he said, as reported by Royal.UK.
“In fact, many of the issues William and I now work on are subjects we were introduced to by our father growing up. His passion and dedication are remarkable and seeing so many of you here today, I cannot fail but to be in awe of the drive he has had for so many years, to contribute to the enrichment of society both in this country and around the world,” he added.