Charles and Harry’s relationship ‘at rock bottom’ after Prince’s swipe at father

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Prince Harry's decision to make a public dig at Prince Charles about the donor at the heart of an alleged 'cash for access' scandal involving his father shows that their relationship is at 'rock bottom' according to one royal expert.

The Duke of Sussex has endangered another public rift with the Prince of Wales after he said he had 'severed ties' with Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz a year before Prince Charles presented the contentious Saudi billionaire with a CBE – and said he had 'concerns' over the businessman's 'motives'.

Charles has been flooded by criticism over the last few months thanks to his relationship with Mr Mahfouz and the amount of cash the billionaire donated to the royal's pet projects through his charitable trust.

A Clarence House spokesperson said of the matter: “It is important to His Royal Highness that the charities which bear his name operate to the highest standards, in accordance with rules established by charity regulators.

“We are taking this opportunity to reinforce guidance to these charities, particularly in respect of their relationships with supporters."

The prince's senior aide Michael Fawcett was made to resign as head of The Prince's Foundation last month due to his role in the scandal.

In an interesting statement last night, Harry said he had no involvement in what he described as the 'CBE scandal', insisting he had worries about the Saudi businessman's 'motives' and claimed he 'expressed his concerns' about him.

The Duke of Sussex made the comments after the revelation that he had held a private meeting with Mr Mahfouz, who has given tens of thousands of pounds to charities connected to the duke.

It is not clear if any of that money was returned – or who Harry raised his concerns to.

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Royal watchers said the intervention is a sign that the father and son have not made up since Megxit and the revelations made by the Sussexes in their Oprah interview in March.

Angela Levin, who wrote a recent biography on the Duke of Sussex, told Mail Online: 'Harry's relationship with his father is rock bottom, for him, but not for his hugely hurt and loving father.

'He [Harry] seems to need to endlessly attack his loving father to feel powerful, especially now that Prince Charles no longer feeds him large amounts of money.

'If he felt so suspicious about Saudi billionaire Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz, why didn't he return the £50,000 to his African charity Sentebale and £10,000 to Walking With The Wounded, of which he was patron. At the time, he must have had £30million in the bank that his mother left him.

'He hasn't given us details when and who he warned about the billionaire's credibility. Nor has he mentioned who he told and when.’

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