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Prince Harry Once Reportedly 'Attacked' His Father Prince Charles & Shouted 'I Hate You'

Monica Otayza
Aug 06, 2021
12:39 P.M.
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Princess Diana and Prince Charles' deteriorating marriage affected Prince Harry in ways the public did not know. At one point, he released his anger by screaming at his father and beating him on the legs.


Prince Charles and Princess Diana's tragic love story is one that will carry on for years. Not only did it bring controversy back then, but it always seemed to surface with new information as time passed. Their turbulent relationship was no secret, but as it turned out, it affected not only them but their kids as well.

In 1995, Diana gave the world a glimpse of her side of the story. In an interview with BBC, the People's Princess told journalist Martin Bashir, as told by NBC News, that "there were three of us in the marriage."

Prince Charles and his sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, | Source: Getty Images



The third person she spoke of was Camilla Parker Bowles, who was in a relationship with Charles and is now his wife. Naturally, Diana's experiences behind the castle walls made her cry, and no matter how hard she tried to hide it, her sadness showed.

In biographer Andrew Morton's 2011 book, "William and Catherine: Their Lives, Their Wedding," he revealed how deeply the relationship between Prince Harry's parents affected him. The young royal hated seeing his mother cry and made him feel hatred towards his dad.

The couple's problems caused heated arguments, and one such discussion, Andrew claimed, caused young Prince Harry to attack his father.


Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales at a dinner in the Elysee Palace in Paris, France in November 1988 | Photo: Getty Images


Then only 11 years old, "Young Harry launched an attack on his father, ineffectually beating him on the legs with his fists," Andrew said. "I hate you. I hate you! You make Mummy cry," Harry reportedly said.


As Prince William is older than his brother, making him understand things differently, Andrew said he handled the situation more maturely. He explained:

"William, sensitive and a little shy, was old enough to absorb the confusing and emotional meaning behind the stony silences and harsh words when his parents were together."

Princess Diana and her sons Prince William and Prince Harry on May 7, 1995, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images.



On at least one of the times Diana locked herself in her bedroom while crying so no one would see her, William pushed tissues under the door toward his mother. While he didn't throw a tantrum like his brother, it didn't mean he didn't shout at his father from time to time.

According to the royal expert Katie Nicholl's book, "William and Harry," shy and sensitive William also reached a point where the bickering became too much and reportedly said to Charles, "I hate you, Papa. I hate you so much. Why do you make Mummy cry all the time?"

Charles and Diana's divorce was finalized after 15 years together in 1996. The two boys remained close to their mother and one of Diana's sisters, Lady Jane Fellowes. When Diana passed away, Lady Jane promised to look over Willian and Harry.



She did her best to give the brothers a sense of normalcy that their mother would have always wanted for them while learning to cope with the demands of royal life.

The brothers remained close to Jane throughout the years, close enough for her to be one of the first to have visited Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after the birth of their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

At Diana's funeral in 1997, her brother Earl Spencer delivered one of the most talked-about eulogies in contemporary British history. There, he expressed his wish that Diana's legacy would continue to shine, particularly through Harry and William.



While Prince Harry remained close to his mother's side of the family, it seems the feelings he had towards his father never truly changed. In fact, he has become more vocal about his struggles after Diana's death in recent years. Diana passed away in a tragic car crash in 1997. 

Diana Awards are given annually to young activists who fight for a better world to honor her life's work. Still, her passing affected Harry monumentally. In a previous interview, he revealed that the media makes him angry because of what happened to his mom and what he experienced as a child.

"I was so angry with what happened to her and the fact that there was no justice at all," he said. "The same people that chased her through that tunnel photographed her dying on the back seat of that car."


In the aftermath of the situation, Charles told Harry to get used to the media as part of the institution. Charles said, "Well, it was like that for me, so it's gonna be like that for you." However, Harry believes that children should not suffer the same way their parents did. 

In a documentary with Oprah Winfrey, Harry revealed that he had his fair share of troubles as an adult because of his suppressed feelings. The royal said, as told by NBC News:

"I was willing to drink. I was willing to take drugs. I was willing to try and do the things that made me feel less like I was feeling. Not because I was enjoying it, but because I was trying to mask something."



Harry also revealed that he sought help from a therapist a few years ago after Meghan encouraged him to do so. In the documentary, Harry was shown undergoing therapy to treat the anxiety rooted at the media and Diana's demise.

Harry is releasing a memoir that he reportedly did not inform the royal family about. He has been working on the book and is expected to rake in a hefty amount of money for it.

A source recently told Us Weekly that the royal family is "shaken up about the book," as they are quite unsure what the 37-year-old prince plans to reveal. After all, it seems he will not be holding back, especially after the streak of criticisms he's made against his own family. 


Although the palace hasn't received a copy of the memoir just yet, reports say they do not know what to expect from it, and it's making them nervous. The memoir is set to be released in late 2022. 

While people expect him to reveal secrets about the monarchy, he announced that the book would be about the man Harry has become and not the prince he was born to be. The book includes accounts of experiences, losses, adventures, and lessons that have shaped who he is today.