Royal expert baffled with Prince Harrys claim about bike rides with Archie

Prince Harry's claims that he was 'not allowed to ride his bike' by his parents as a child have been called into question by a royal expert.

The comments, where the Duke of Sussex compared his childhood in England with that of his three-year-old son Archie in the US, came during his controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey last year.

Speaking highly of his family's new life in California, he said: "I guess the highlight for me is sticking him [Archie] on the back of a bicycle in his little baby seat and taking him on bike rides which is something I was never able to do when I was young."

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Harry then doubled down on his bicycle take by telling Dax Shepard on the Armchair Expert podcast last May that he would "never have had the chance" to ride with dad Prince Charles as his son does now.

But royal commentator Daniela Elser brought this under scrutiny after digging up photos of Harry enjoying a bike ride with his father as a young boy.

Writing in, she said: "As far as Harry is concerned it is only now that he has the freedom to strap in his two-year-old boy and cycle around the exclusive neighbourhood, just a father and son, the dappled sunshine and a Range Rover full of protection officers purring along in their wake."

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Elser countered this by stating that there was at least four occasions where Charles took him and Prince William for fun on two wheels — "because there are some uncomfortable family photos of him doing it".

Charles was once pictured on his bicycle on the Balmoral grounds in 1988 towing a four-year-old Harry behind him in a cart, while Elser said both sons were also snapped cycling on the Sandringham estate two years later.

The Daily Star has contacted the Duke of Sussex for comment.


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