PRINCE CHARLES offered Harry an olive branch – fearing his impending memoirs would smack Camilla.
Ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next month, the Prince of Wales is said to have invited the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to stay with him amid their ongoing security concerns.
But privately, Charles told aides he feared his younger son’s shock book would be an “exhilarating takedown” of the Duchess of Cornwall – particularly in the early years of the couple’s romance.
A source said last night: ‘Forget the Prince Andrew saga, the main talking point at Clarence House is Harry’s book – and the reputational damage it could very well cause.
“There are concerns about Harry’s memories of Camilla’s entry into the Royal Family and how her long love affair with Charles damaged him from an early age.
“Harry is fiercely loyal and protective of his late mother and her legacy, and did not approve of Camilla becoming the great love of his father’s life.
“Understandably, he found those early years incredibly difficult, and he could publicly blame Camilla for much of what he thinks went wrong as a child, and the trauma the whole situation caused.
“Charles is deeply protective of Camilla. The last thing he needs – especially in a year of celebration that should be all about the Queen – is an excoriating dismantling of Camilla at a time when people have finally taken her into their own. heart.
Last year, Harry stunned the monarchy after announcing he had signed a book deal to tell his story.
Publisher Random House released a statement saying: “Prince Harry will, for the first time ever, share the definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses and life lessons that helped shape him.
“Covering his life in the public eye, from his childhood to the present day, Prince Harry will offer an honest and captivating personal portrait, which shows readers that behind everything they think they know lies an inspiring, courageous and uplifting human story. .”
It remains to be seen how “honest” Harry will be. And how damaging the book could be to Charles and Camilla is also at stake.
The source adds: “Harry is also still angry at his father, who insists he cut him off financially, despite published royal accounts suggesting he hasn’t.
“He hopes that by inviting Harry to stay he can talk to him softly about the book and ask him if there is anything he needs to know. He is also desperate to see his grandchildren, Archie and Lilibet – the latter, of course, whom he has not yet met.
Indeed, Harry would have a form of indiscretion. The publication in 2020 of his and Meghan’s controversial biography, Finding Freedom, led to even more friction between father and son.
According to insiders, Charles wanted to know if Harry contributed to the book.
This, in turn, apparently made the Duke wonder if his father had helped author Robert Jobson, whose 2018 book Charles At Seventy first revealed Harry’s explosive claim, “What Meghan wants, Meghan gets it.”
As is now known, in November Meghan was forced to admit she had helped the authors with their research, prompting The Sun to dub her Little Miss Forgetful given her earlier outright denials.
Things have only gotten worse in the seismic wake of Harry and Meghan’s claims that they were victims of racist comments about their son Archie’s skin color.
Since then, Charles himself has been accused in another book of being the racist royal – something his staff furiously called a “fiction”.
And in his controversial Oprah Winfrey interview last year, Harry claimed that Charles had “literally cut me off financially. . . in the first quarter of 2020”.
However, accounts showed the Prince of Wales helped the Duke and Duchess with a ‘substantial amount’ of cash after they left royal duties two years ago – £2million in the financial year 2020/21.
Harry and Meghan were still listed as receiving money from Charles of Cornwall’s Duchy of Cornwall revenue, despite stepping down from their royal roles.
Of course, it was Charles who footed the bill for his son’s spectacular 2018 wedding to Meghan, whom he emotionally walked down the aisle in place of his poor father, Thomas.
Yet in a podcast last May, Harry made another mildly passive-aggressive dig at his father, saying, “He treated me the way he was treated.”
He added: ‘I don’t think we should be pointing fingers or blaming anyone, but certainly when it comes to parenthood, if I have felt any form of pain or suffering because of the pain or the suffering that maybe my father or my parents had suffered, I will make sure to break this cycle so as not to pass it on.
“It’s a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed down anyway, so we as parents should be doing everything we can to try and say, ‘You know what, this happened to me, I’m going to m ‘make sure it doesn’t ‘it doesn’t happen to you’.
It is believed that his comments were partly a dig into Charles’s handling of Diana’s death when Harry was just 12. harmful or hurtful claims are made against it.
An aide added: “Charles has shared his concerns with William and is keen for him to somehow record and defend Camilla, should the book attack him.
“But as much as William loves his father, he is unlikely to want to get involved. In all likelihood, he will try to stay neutral.
At 95, the Queen has been through some traumatic times over the past two years. She was deeply saddened by Harry and Meghan’s move to the US and the stepping down of their royal duties, and she has yet to meet her seven-month-old great-granddaughter, Lilibet, who is named after her. honor.
Last April, her beloved husband Prince Philip died aged 99 – and he’s glad he didn’t live to see their sex scandal-hit son Andrew stripped of his life. his military titles.
Last weekend it emerged that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had threatened legal action against the Home Office.
The couple have sought a judicial review of the decision not to allow Harry to pay for police protection while the family is in the UK.
Next month, the Queen will celebrate 70 years on the throne, with an unprecedented series of special events to mark the occasion.
She must be hoping this heralds a happier phase of her reign.
A tangled love story
1970: Charles and Camilla meet at a polo match and begin dating but Charles leaves to serve in the Navy, and when he returns she is engaged to Andrew Parker Bowles.
1977: Prince Charles meets Lady Diana Spencer on a grouse hunt while dating his sister, Lady Sarah.
July 29, 1981: Charles and Diana marry at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
1986: Charles begins an affair with Camilla, according to his authorized biography written by journalist Jonathan Dimbleby.
1989: Diana confronts Camilla at a party about her affair with Charles.
December 9, 1992: Prime Minister John Major announces that Charles and Diana have officially separated.
1994: Charles denies his affair with Camilla, calling her “a great friend of mine” during a Jonathan Dimbleby documentary.
January 1995: Camilla and Andrew announce that they are going to divorce.
November 20, 1995: Diana says: ‘There were three of us in this marriage so it was a bit crowded’ during an explosive BBC Panorama interview.
August 28, 1996: Charles and Diana’s divorce is finalized.
August 31, 1997: Diana dies in a car accident in Paris.
February 10, 2005: Charles and Camilla announce their engagement, 35 years after they first met.
April 9, 2005: They marry in a civil ceremony with Prince William as a witness. The queen is not present