King Charles chooses diplomacy amid ongoing royal rift with Prince Harry

Jan 17, 2024
While saddened by the events involving Harry and Meghan, the King is reportedly remaining practical, acknowledging a sense of irritation while remaining committed to his royal duties. Source: Getty Images.

While King Charles is understandably finding himself at his wit’s end by Prince Harry’s recent behaviour the Monarch is choosing a diplomatic approach, remaining focused on his royal responsibilities while steering clear of dwelling on family tensions, as unveiled in a revealing new book.

Robert Hardman’s latest work, Charles III: New King. New Court. The Inside Story reveals the ongoing strain between the Duke of Sussex and the rest of the royal household, particularly with his father and brother, Prince William.

Though genuinely saddened by the events involving Harry and Meghan, the King is reportedly remaining practical, acknowledging a sense of irritation while remaining committed to his royal duties, as detailed in Hardman’s serialised biography in the Daily Mail.

“Of course, the King is extremely sad about Harry and Meghan but there is a sense of exasperation, that he has done what he can and now he is King, there are many more things to think about,” Hardman writes, per the Daily Mail.

Moreover, the book discloses that both Charles and William are taking a measured approach to Prince Harry’s tell-all memoir, Spare. Rather than diving into the potentially controversial content for themselves, they’ve opted for briefings from their aides, maintaining a composed distance from the literary drama.

Hardman also suggests that a swift reconciliation between Harry and members of the Royal Family is not on the cards

The tension within the Royal Family has been further intensified by revelations from the book, suggesting that the late Queen Elizabeth II was dissatisfied with Harry and Meghan’s claim that they had received her approval for naming their daughter Lilibet.

This beloved childhood moniker of the Queen, affectionately used by Prince Philip, has become a point of contention following the publication of Hardman’s book. The narrative unfolds with a royal aide disclosing the late Queen’s unequivocal disapproval of the naming decision.

Contrary to the Sussexes’ claim, palace insiders conveyed over two years ago that the Queen was “never consulted” about the choice of Lilibet’s name before the arrival of the Sussexes’ first daughter in June 2021.

Harry’s departure from the Royal Family in 2020, commonly referred to as “Megxit”, signaled a major shift in the traditional dynamics of the Monarchy. Alongside Meghan, Harry sought a more independent and private life, distancing himself from the intense media scrutiny that had been a constant presence throughout his life.

The decision was accompanied by revelations in a 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, where the couple candidly discussed their struggles within the royal institution. The interview shed light on the challenges they faced and strained relationships within the family, sparking widespread public discussion.

Since stepping back, Prince Harry’s ties with the Royal Family have appeared strained, with reports of tensions surfacing. While occasional public appearances hint at attempts at reconciliation, the distance remains palpable. The evolving dynamics continue to captivate public interest, leaving questions about both the future of his relationship with the family and his life in the public eye.


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