PRINCE Charles appeared to nervously chuckle when a reporter asked him about Harry and Meghan's explosive Oprah interview at an official engagement today.
The Prince of Wales put on a brave face as he visited an NHS vaccine pop-up clinic at Jesus House church in Brent Cross, London – the first time he has been seen since the tell-all chat.
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He was greeted warmly at the clinic and appeared in good spirits as he spoke with those there to get the jab.
But when asked by a reporter what he thought of his son's interview, the Prince of Wales did not respond.
The reporter asked: "Sir what did you think of the interview?"
Charles, who wore a face mask for the occasion, gave a nervous chuckle and carried on walking.
It comes as…
- Prince Harry hit the 'nuclear button' on his family in the interview, insiders claimed
- Meghan Markle is reported to have slammed the door in Kate Middleton's face when the duchess tried to apologise over an incident over flower girl dresses
- ITV Hub crashed as the interview was broadcast on the UK screens
- Oprah revealed Prince Harry insisted the Queen and Prince Philip were not the Royals who expressed concerns about Archie's skin colour
- A new photograph of the couple with Archie was released
- Thomas Markle will be interviewed on GMB
- Harry and Meghan held a private 'exchange of vows' before their wedding
- The full transcript of the interview can be read here
It follows reports that the Prince of Wales was in a "state of despair" over Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview which aired in the UK last night.
During the tell-all chat, Harry claimed his father stopped taking his calls after Megxit and was financially cut off by the Royal Family last year.
The Duke of Sussex also said there was a "lot of hurt" between him and his dad – but insisted he had not “blindsided” the Queen when announcing he and Meghan were stepping back as senior working royals.
Buckingham Palace is yet to officially respond to the claims.
Concerns, however, have now been raised that this week, all senior members of the Royal Family are expected to carry out public engagements – where they could face questions about the Oprah interview.
A senior royal source told the Telegraph: "The institution needs to lead the response to this. What a sad, terrible morning."
Prince Charles was visiting Jesus House church in London today to hear about its work to combat vaccine hesitancy and support for the community during the coronavirus pandemic.
One woman, who only gave her name as Grace, claimed she briefly spoke to the heir to the throne.
She told the PA news agency: "He was quite interactive with the people in there in spite of all the drama going on. He took the time to come out here. I'm very happy he came out to encourage us to take the vaccine as well."
Grace also said it would have been "rude" for anyone to mention the Oprah Winfrey interview.
And in an apparent reference to Harry and Meghan's claim an unnamed member of the royal family made a racist comment, Grace highlighted that Charles had visited a "black church", adding: "All that effort and someone turns around and says there's racism, I don't believe that."
During his visit, Charles also spoke with healthcare worker Caroline Oladimeji, who told him she was from Nigeria.
Charles said: “Oh fantastic, yes, I’ve been there. Lots of different ethnic groups.
"Do give them my kind regards next time you speak to them.”
His cheery comments come after Harry said during his Oprah interview he had previously tried to raise his intentions of leaving the Royal Family.
He claimed his father stopped taking his phone calls for a period of time, saying: "When we were in Canada, I had three conversations with my grandmother and two conversations with my father, before he stopped taking my calls."
He added: "By that point I took matters into my own hands. I need to do this for my family.
"I’ve got to do something for my own mental health, for my wife’s and for Archie."
And he revealed he felt "really let down" by his father, saying: "He knows what pain feels like.
"Of course I will always love him but there's a lot of hurt that's happened and I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that."
Senior members of the Royal Family – including the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William – are now said to be locked in crisis talks about the interview.
The Times reported overnight that the Queen had refused to sign off a prepared statement – with the monarch reportedly wanting more time to consider her response.
And a royal insider told the Daily Mail that Harry had pressed the "nuclear button on his own family" with the two-hour interview.
Another told Vanity Fair Meghan and Harry are "playing with fire because there’s a lot that could come out in the wash that hasn’t been told before.”
Meghan, 39, broke down in tears during the explosive interview with Oprah – revealing she had been left suicidal after joining the Royal Family and that she had faced racism within the institution.
The Duchess of Sussex said there had been conversations with Prince Harry and a "family" member about their unborn son and what colour his skin would be – and "what that would mean or look like".
The exiled couple said the unnamed royal had quizzed them on “how dark” he would be, sparking shock across the world.
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