A royal expert has predicted that there is “worse to come” from Prince Harry amid his alleged ongoing fallout with his dad Prince Charles.
After quitting royal duties with his wife Meghan Markle, Harry claimed in the infamous interview with Oprah Winfrey that his father had cut him off financially.
And, more recently, Harry appeared to take a swipe at the heir to the throne when he claimed that he had warned his father about the businessman at the heart of the so-called ‘CBE Scandal’.
The Prince of Wales has denied having any knowledge about the exchange of cash for royal honours, but the Chief Executive of the Prince’s Foundation, Michael Fawcett, has stepped down.
The controversy surrounds the awarding of a CBE to Saudi billionaire Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz in 2016, who was a donor to the Prince's Foundation.
Mahfouz denies the allegations.
Now, on the Mail’s Palace Confidential podcast, the panel considered the impact that Harry’s recent comments might have had on further souring his relationship with his father.
“I feel really sorry for Prince Charles,” began the Mail’s diary editor Richard Eden.
“The Queen was always going to be an extremely hard act to follow, and there have been plenty of doubts about Prince Charles as King.
“He needs his sons to be supporting him and emphasising what a good monarch he would be, and instead he has Harry launching these brick bats from across the Atlantic.
“I think there will be worse to come.”
There is reportedly tension in the royal institution as the monarchy awaits the release of Harry’s autobiography next year, which he has said will be a “firsthand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”
Richard continued: “I do worry that eventually, Harry will come out – perhaps after the death of his grandmother – and come out against the monarchy altogether. I think he’s probably holding his gunpowder for that moment.”
However, royal historian Tessa Dunlop disagreed, saying: “I think that we overstate our tragic story that we’re building around Charles."
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She suggested that with the backing of the royal institution, the Prince of Wales’ reign as monarch would go smoothly.
On the other hand, Tessa claimed: “It’s Harry that’s the vulnerable one. He’s alone, in California, probably missing his family. I’ve always felt a bit sorry for Harry."
The royal historian also dismissed the argument that the Duke of Sussex had the intention of “damaging” his father through his criticisms of the monarchy.
“I think he’s protecting himself because he’s left the monarchy, he therefore has to inadvertently criticise the monarchy, which therefore does do damage to his family,” she pointed out.
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