After the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they would be stepping down from senior working roles in January 2020, Prince Charles and Prince Harry’s relationship has been strained.
During a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey in March this year, Prince Harry claimed that his father had stopped taking his calls and that he had cut him off financially.
And given that Harry is set to publish an “intimate and heartfelt” memoir about his life experiences “in the public eye from childhood to the present day”, it is alleged that concerns have arisen about what the impact the book may have on the heir apparent.
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According to royal expert Richard Kay, there are anxieties that the book, which is to be released in late 2022, will “chip away” at the future king’s reputation and the efforts that have been made to try and win the public over in recent years.
Appearing on podcast Palace Confidential, Kay explained: “I think the difficulty for Prince Charles, every time now Harry opens his mouth, he's seen to chip away at his father's credibility.
“And this must be undermining their relationship.
“They have on the horizon the prospect of Harry's autobiography or memoir – we don't know what's going to be in it.”
After receiving a £15 million advance from publishers, royal insiders have told The Sun that the 37 year old is under pressure to identify the family member he reports made racist remarks about Archie’s skin colour.
“But we do know he has spent some time digging into his mother's relationship with his father.
“They must be dreading the publication of that book and what it will mean.
“We're edging closer to the Prince of Wales becoming monarch and every time these embarrassing situations erupt with his son, it reminds people about why they have had problems with the prospect of Charles as king,” Richard added.
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Following Princess Diana’s death in 1997, Kay acknowledged that Charles has tried hard to reclaim his reputation.
A YouGov poll in March 2021 found Prince William was the most popular choice for the UK's next head of state.
“He's done his level best over the last 15, 20 years to try and rededicate himself to his future subjects but there are obviously difficulties.
“People still haven't forgiven or forgotten the Diana years, and Harry's constant reminder about the past makes this a really tricky transition period for Charles,” he said.
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