Prince Harry: Expert discusses ‘short term damage’
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Prince Charles, 72, is Britain’s future king and will have to “put the Royal Family first” as the rift between the Palace and Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, intensifies, one biographer has claimed.
While the Prince of Wales is a doting father and has always wanted what is best for his sons, Meghan and Harry’s upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey has put him in a difficult position.
As the future head of the monarchy, Charles has no choice but to protect the institution but doing so will “hurt him enormously”, a royal biographer has claimed.
Asked how Prince Charles may feel ahead of Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah airing on Sunday, royal expert and author of ‘The King and Di: The True Story’, Howard Hodgson claimed the “brilliant father” is likely to be deeply upset.
Mr Hodgson told Express.co.uk: “Charles has been a brilliant father and he has been poorly repaid by a very selfish son who is displaying all of the worst Spencer characteristics.
The author added: “It will hurt Charles enormously but he will put the Royal Family first.”
Meghan and Harry’s decision to speak to Oprah rocked the Palace when it emerged last month as they had agreed to the tell-all interview without informing the Queen first.
The sit down will be the first time the Sussexes publicly discuss their decision to leave royal life behind and has panicked Palace staff who fear they will come under fire from the couple.
In a series of teaser clips for the CBS special Meghan has openly attacked the Royal Household while Harry has compared their plight to that of his late mother Princess Diana.
In one of the trailers, the Duke tells Oprah: “I’m just really relieved and happy to be sitting here, talking to you, with my wife by my side, because I can’t begin to imagine what it must have been like for her, going through this process by herself, all those years ago.
“Because it has been unbelievably tough for the two of us, but at least we had each other.”
Harry and Meghan have been based in California since stepping away from royal duty last year and have achieved financial independence from Prince Charles after landing lucrative deals with streaming giants Netflix and Spotify.
While many have praised the couple for their decision to leave royal life behind, Mr Hodgson compared them to the Queen’s uncle Edward VIII who brought shame on the Royal Family after abdicating the throne in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.
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Mr Hodgson said: “This is but history repeating itself – as with Edward and Mrs Simpson.”
On Thursday, CBS released another sensational teaser clip ahead of Sunday’s premiere in which Meghan openly attacked The Firm.
Responding to Oprah’s question, “How do you feel about the Palace hearing you speak your truth today?”
Meghan replied: “I don’t know how they could expect that, after all of this time, we would still just be silent if there is an active role that The Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us.
“And, if that comes with risk of losing things, I mean, I … there is a lot that has been lost already.”
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