Prince Charles 'hit hard' by Harry exit says royal expert
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Tuesday saw the 24th anniversary of the tragic passing of the Prince of Wales’ ex-wife, Princess Diana. Diana was being driven home from a Paris restaurant with boyfriend Dodi Fayed when their driver lost control of the Mercedes Benz in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel and crashed. A number of royal fans visited the late Princess’ statue in Kensington Palace gardens to pay their respects, while ex-husband Charles faced scrutiny on social media.
The official twitter account of Clarence House posted two tweets on August 31, neither of which mentioned Diana.
The first thanked people for visiting Clarence House the past month, while the other asked royal fans how many horses they could spot along Clarence House’s Horse Corridon on Google Arts, which sparked outrage.
The future King received backlash after he and Diana separated in 1992 and subsequently divorced on account of their incompatibility and extramarital affairs.
Charles has also faced scrutiny from son Prince Harry in recent months, who has criticised his upbringing in a number of high profile interviews.
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Speaking on podcast Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard Harry spoke of the “genetic pain and suffering” that had been passed down from his parents.
However, unearthed accounts show that Charles was also caught in a feud with newlyweds William and Kate after the couples’ 2011 royal tour in Canada.
According to Sally Bedell Smith’s biography Charles: The Misunderstood Prince, Charles thought William and Kate’s Canada trip featured too many “tasteless” photo opportunities.
The writer added that the Prince “wasn’t best pleased with the camera-friendly couple.”
The tour had been organised by Canadian Secretary to the Queen at the time, Kevin S. Macleod, who made the couple’s itinerary less formal than previous royal tours.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge even visited Prince Edward Island at Kate’ request, a decision allegedly made with Charles and Diana’s 1983 Canada tour in mind, which was reportedly based entirely on the Prince’s interests.
The Cambridges were seen posing in cowboy hats as they were honoured with pressing the button to launch the Calgary Stampede.
The duchess also made papers after being snapped by photographers as her Jenny Packham yellow dress was blown up by a gust of wind.
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After the tour royal expert Phil Dampier described a rivalry between Charles and his son following William’s 2011 marriage to Kate.
Mr Dampier said: “When Charles and Camilla visited Canada two years ago they were greeted by relatively small crowds.
“They are in their sixties and not what you would call glamorous.”
In contrast, William and Kate received an enormously positive reception on their tour, with half a million royal supporters having turned out to see them on one day alone.
Mr Dampier added: “Charles felt overshadowed by Diana and now it seems he feels overshadowed by their son.
“Some people may think he is jealous.
“I have always felt that as soon as William got married, Charles would feel sidelined.”
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