Harrys rift with Charles could be as damaging as Diana split, expert predicts

The rift between Prince Charles and Prince Harry might end up being as damaging to the future king as the one between Charles and Princess Diana, according to a royal expert.

The Duke of Sussex has recently been dragged into the cash-for-honours allegations that have been swirling around Charles’s charity.

And now Richard Kay, who was a personal friend of Diana, has suggested that the relationship between Harry and his dad could have long-term consequences.

Harry says he severed ties with Saudi billionaire Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz a year before the tycoon was made a CBE by the Prince of Wales, and he had "concerns" over the businessman’s “motives”.

Reports say Mr Mahfouz, who is listed as a supporter on The Prince's Foundation website, donated large sums to restoration projects of particular interest to Charles.

It has been reported that Harry's charity Sentebale accepted £50,000 from the same tycoon.

Charles then made Mr Mahfouz – who denies any wrongdoing – a CBE in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in 2016. Harry said he had no involvement.

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The Duke of Sussex’s statement said: “The duke and his advisors, as well as his non-profit charity Sentebale, severed ties with Mr Mahfouz and his associates in 2015, no longer accepting further donations to Sentebale and discontinuing any plans for a fundraising event amid growing concerns over the motives for his support.

“The duke had one planned meeting with this donor nearly eight years ago, did not introduce him to any members of the Royal Family and expressed his concerns about the donor.”

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Earlier this year, Harry told the Armchair Expert podcast that he had experienced "genetic pain”, with Charles passing on trauma from his own royal upbringing.

But now Richard Kay, writing in the Daily Mail, has suggested the CBE issue is worse than Harry criticising his upbringing.

"The broadside he launched questioning the ‘motives’ of Dr Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz and highlighting his own ‘concerns’ about the Saudi businessman is an implicit challenge to Charles's judgment," he wrote.

"Such a rebuke – especially if it continues – could have an impact on the prince as monarch as we edge closer to his reign.

"And it is why this week those close to Charles are viewing the unravelling of the relationship between father and son as potentially as damaging as that between the prince and Princess Diana."

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