Prince Charles “deliberately” took the first step to break the ice with his son Prince Harry after publicly congratulating him in an American magazine. Charles praised Harry’s charitable work on climate change in an essay for Newsweek this week. Christina Garibaldi, US Weekly correspondent, told the Royally Us podcast the move was “a small step in making amends” with the Duke of Sussex.

Co-host Christine Ross said: “We know it’s been strained, we know they don’t really speak.

“So it was really nice to see Charles make such a statement of support.

“He will always be proud of his son and the accomplishments he has made in his charitable work.”

Ms Garibaldi pointed out that Charles’ essay was her first in a U.S. publication in more than a decade, which she called a “deliberate decision.”

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She continued, “I hope this is a small step forward in making amends because we’ve been talking about it for years at this point.

“Experts have told us that they are talking, that they are not talking, we will never really know.

“But it’s a good thing to do, to cry out publicly for his son and the hard work he has put in.”

Ms Ross added: “Charles definitely made that statement on purpose.”

Harry and his wife Meghan Markle left the UK in 2020 amid a growing rift with other members of the royal family.

Charles and Harry are believed to have had only a few ‘tense’ conversations on the phone since Harry and Meghan moved to California.

Later this year, Harry is set to publish a revealing memoir and there are fears the book may cover the relationship with his father.

Unlike Charles, the Queen used her speech at the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow in November to name Charles and William for their work, but not Harry.