Prince Charles praised as ‘nurturing’ after Harry criticised royal upbringing

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Prince Charles has made his first public appearance following son Prince Harry's latest documentary in which the Duke of Sussex criticised his upbringing.

The Prince of Wales and wife Camilla have been visiting Coventry as part of celebrations marking its status as 2021 UK City of Culture.

Charles and Camilla toured the city’s cathedral on Tuesday, observing a service of thanksgiving which included the litany of reconciliation – recited every weekday at the site as an act of solidarity and wartime remembrance.

Charles – visiting the cathedral for the first time – and Camilla were met by the Bishop of Coventry, the Rt Rev Dr Christopher Cocksworth, and the Dean of Coventry, the Very Rev John Witcombe.

During Prince Charles' appearance on Tuesday, May 25, Bishop of Coventry, the Rt Rev Dr Christopher Cocksworth praised the Prince of Wales as being "nurturing".

Speaking during the thanksgiving service, the bishop said: "The consecration of Coventry Cathedral, 59 years ago, took place in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen, and it is a deep joy, Your Royal Highnesses, that you have graced us today with your presence.

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"Throughout decades of public service, His Royal Highness has been dedicated to the nurturing of understanding between peoples, to building peace in the world and to the restoration of hope among those who might despair.

"Time does not allow me to pay proper tribute to those efforts to improve community relationships, deepen inter-faith understanding and raise the aspirations and life chances of young people.

"But, if I may, I would like to draw attention to the way – in the Balkans, in Northern Ireland, in the Holy Land and elsewhere – His Royal Highness has spoken poignantly about the futility of vengeance, the need for enemies to build bridges that reach out to each other so that they may become friends and the power of forgiveness. These principles lie at the heart of the ministry of Coventry Cathedral."

During Tuesday’s service, the prince sat in the chair the Queen used during her visit nearly six decades ago.

The service took place before the building’s font, which is carved from a stone brought from Bethlehem.

As Charles and Camilla left the cathedral there were cheers from a crowd who had gathered outside.

It comes following Prince Harry's latest documentary, made with US talkshow host Oprah Wnfrey, in which the Duke of Sussex relives traumatic memories from his childhood – including the death of mum Diana.

"My father used to say to me when I was younger, he used to say to both William and I, 'Well it was like that for me so it's going to be like that for you'," Prince Harry says in the new documentary.

"That doesn't make sense. Just because you suffered doesn't mean that your kids have to suffer, in fact quite the opposite.

"If you suffered, do everything you can to make sure that whatever negative experiences you had, that you can make it right for your kids."

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