Prince Harry has claimed King Charles was envious of the Princess of Wales’ media coverage and allegedly accused her and Prince William of ‘drawing attention away from him and Camilla’.
In his bombshell book Spare, which hit shelves on Tuesday, the Duke of Sussex described how his father ‘controlled the purse strings’ for his brother- meaning how much the Prince of Wales worked was essentially dictated by his father.
When the then Duchess of Cambridge announced she was expecting Princess Charlotte in 2014, Prince Harry recounted how his brother had started being referred to as ‘Work-shy Wills’.
Jumping to William’s defense, Harry wrote: ‘He did as much as Pa wanted him to do, and sometimes that wasn’t much, because Pa and Camilla didn’t want Willy and Kate getting loads of publicity.’
Prince Harry says Kate and William ‘felt trapped’ in his bombshell memoir Spare. He claims the King and Queen Consort are always aware of the couple overshadowing them in the press
Prince Harry claims his father and stepmother ‘openly scolded’ William for him and his wife ‘drawing attention away from them’ [and] their causes’.
Providing an example, Prince Harry went on to recount how his father’s press officer was left furious the Duchess of Cambridge’s team had booked an engagement for her on the same day as one of Charles’
As it was too late for the mother-of-three to cancel her engagement at a tennis club, Charles’ press officer instructed that the Duchess should not hold a racket in any photos.
‘Such a winning, fetching photo would undoubtedly wipe Pa and Camilla off the front pages,’ Harry wrote. ‘And that, in the end, could not be tolerated.’
According to Harry, the King and Queen Consort (pictured on Christmas Day) ‘openly scolded’ Prince William about him and his wife ‘drawing attention away from them’
Prince Harry’s bombshell memoir Spare went on sale on Tuesday. The Duke alleges his brother and sister-in-law felt ‘unfairly persecuted’ by Charles and Camilla
As a result, Prince Harry says his brother confided in him that both him and his wife ‘felt trapped and unfairly persecuted’.
Although the Duke of Sussex does not specify what the engagements were, Kate Middleton visited the GSK Human Performance Lab in Brentford during the early stages of her second pregnancy.
During her tour of the athletics center, the mother-of-three – who is known to get stuck into sports during engagements – chose to watch the aspiring Olympic athletes train from the sidelines.
However, she did get put through her paces when she completed four tests of increasing difficulty by neuroscientist Barry O’Neill which involved her tapping colored circles on a large screen.
The Princess of Wales pictured during her visit to the GSK Human Performance Lab in Brentford on 12 November 2014
She avoided taking part in any sport but was put through her paces when she completed four tests of increasing difficulty by neuroscientist Barry O’Neill
King Charles pictured visiting the Arlington Gardens in Islington, which had undergone a £170m makeover, on the same day as Kate’s engagement in 2014
King Charles’ press officer allegedly told Kate’s team that she should not be pictured with a tennis racket during her engagement as it would ‘wipe Charles off the front page’. The Princess of Wales pictured playing tennis in September 2021
On the same day, King Charles visited the Arlington Gardens in Islington, which had undergone a £170m makeover.
Elsewhere in the book, Prince Harry alleges his brother was ‘seething’ with rage after he accused his father and Camilla of ‘planting’ stories about him and his family in the press.
Recounting a phone call in April 2019, Prince William allegedly told his brother: ‘Give Pa and Camilla an inch and they take a mile. They’ve done this to me for the last time.’
The Duke of Sussex then says he told his brother that his father and stepmother had done the same thing to him [him] and Meg’.
However, the Duke does not specify what story William was allegedly talking about.
But Harry blames a ‘gung-ho’ member of his father’s press office for ‘peddling’ fake or unflattering stories as part of a ‘campaign’ of getting good press for the now King and Queen Consort, at the expense of other family members.
Harry also blamed the same person, whom he doesn’t name but says is a woman, of leaking that he had gone on a hunting trip to Germany in 2017 that ‘made me out to be some fat-bottomed seventeenth-century baron who craved blood in trophies’.
In fact – he says – he had been ‘working with German farmers to cull wild boar and save their crops’.
Harry claims his German story was ‘swapped’ for ‘better access’ to his father and to suppress stories about a member of Camilla’s family.
He even claims he had ‘proof’ from reporters inside ‘actual newsrooms’ that he and his brother were being sold out. Like so many of Harry’s claims, however, there is much that is confused and wrong.
For example, Charles’s PR team was headed up by a man in both 2017 and 2019.
And Harry’s hunting trip was only leaked because locals tipped off Germany’s biggest newspaper that Harry and his friends had arrived in the country on a private jet.
They also managed to track down which estate they were on because he had attended the wedding of the landowner – nicknamed The Boar Terminator – previously and classified him as a good friend.
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