King Charles is still hoping to build bridges with his son Harry, Palace sources say, despite damaging claims made by the prince in his upcoming memoir Spare.
The head of state is said to be ready to accept the Duke of Sussex’s call and mend the rift, in the hope that he will attend his coronation on May 6.
The royal family have so far remained silent on the explosive revelations from the autobiography, which accidentally went on sale in Spain this week.
The published excerpts include an alleged physical altercation between William and Harry, details of a feud between Meghan and Kate, and other salacious pieces, including one about Queen Consort Camilla.
King Charles is still hoping to build bridges with his son Harry, Palace sources say, despite damaging claims made by the prince in his upcoming memoir Spare (Picture: Charles, Harry and William with Princess Diana in 1997) at the funeral)
The king is currently living in Sandringham and is said to display a ‘completely understandable’ reaction to Harry’s memoir (Pictured: Harry, Charles and William at an illegal wildlife trade conference in 2014)
But mental health experts warned last night that the mudslinging must end if the royal family is ever to heal, saying such a task is made more difficult under the glare of the world’s media.
A Palace source on the book told the Daily Express: ‘It is obviously very upsetting but there is time between now and May.
‘Charles is the king, but first and foremost, he is a devoted albeit concerned father, and naturally, wants to sort it out.’
The King is currently living in Sandringham and is said to have displayed a ‘completely understandable’ reaction to Harry’s memoir.
It comes ahead of Prince’s sit-down interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby, in which he will say: ‘I would like to get my father back. I want my brother back.’
Dickie Arbiter, 82, who acted as the late Queen’s spokesman for 12 years, told The Express: ‘Charles is a father and this is a family rift, it is not an institutional or constitutional rift.
‘Harry has gone ballistic, that’s his right. But we are listening to only one side. We won’t hear anything more because if the royal family were sensible they would keep quiet.
‘Charles will be angry and upset because he loves his son. He is a father, a parent. Siblings fight and don’t necessarily get along with each other. But it is very sad for a parent to lose their son like this.
In a teaser for Sunday’s ITV exclusive, Harry has not committed to attending his father’s coronation.
Mr Arbiter said it would have been ‘silly’ if he had not been there, but King had no choice but to move on.
He said Harry would have to swear royal allegiance if he did go, while ‘polls show the great British public are hostile.’
But those hoping for an amicable reunion may have to wait longer, with one psychologist suggesting that it is often impossible for people who are in the public eye.
clinical psychologist Linda Blair, without directly referring to Harry Times Even the worst of relationships can be mended ‘quietly and with time’, but only without the pressure of the spotlight.
The Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) said people tend to change their behavior when they are being watched, often ruining the chances of reconciliation under public scrutiny.
This is known as the Hawthorne effect, where people act differently when they become aware that their awareness is being observed.
Ms Blair said: ‘We differ in how we react to being seen because of how we are feeling. You cannot live without awareness or relaxation.
‘There is no chance for emotions to subside and logic to proceed. It takes effort to come to the limelight and from both sides to be able to forgive each other. You can’t go back to where you were before, because new things have happened, but you can go back to a compatible and comfortable time. It is always possible.’
She added: ‘Whenever there is an injury, it is never on one side. If things have to improve then both the sides need to come together.
Letizia Perna, a psychotherapist and director of services at Winston Wish, a children’s bereavement charity, told the Times that Harry emitted signs of what experts call ‘complicated grief’, similar to those of his mother as a child. Losing can stem from that and that can persist. Unsolved for so many years and really raw.
She said: ‘Not because he isn’t dealing with it – he talks openly about seeking counseling – but because it taps into some deep-rooted sense of self and sense of self within the world. Done, it’s really hard to break. It’s a constant trigger.
‘Possibly there is some aspect of him that is experiencing ongoing images, thoughts and sensations that effectively overwhelm his body and his mind and cause him to feel out of control.’
It comes after the Duke of Sussex described William as a ‘red haze’ in the battle over Meghan Markle, before admitting he had taken cannabis, magic mushrooms and cocaine in another clip from his ITV interview on Sunday.
Harry also urged presenter Tom Bradby to seek a reconciliation with his relatives, even though his memoir has damned the king and plunged the royal family into its worst crisis since his mother’s death in 1997.
And in a separate teaser released by Good Morning America this week, she admitted that a rift with William would make her late mother “sad.”
Former Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown, Princess Diana’s biographer, said on Friday: ‘Harry has turned into a human hand grenade, raining down on the House of Windsor at the start of his father’s reign’.
The Duke of Sussex has spoken again on the alleged clash between himself and his brother, the Prince of Wales, in an interview with ITV’s Tom Brady.
Harry claims William told Meghan she was rude in a shouting match (Picture: Harry and William arrive at a vigil in honor of the Queen last year)
Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace have declined to comment on anything Harry said on TV or in his book. But an insider told the Times: ‘It’s exhausting, it’s annoying, but it’s not distracting. It will burn itself.’
Harry has alleged that he and the Prince of Wales had a fight after Meghan Markle was called ‘difficult’, ‘rude’ and ‘abrasive’. Harry’s book also reveals that William warned her against proposing.
Royal expert Jack Royston said: ‘William will be furious and after everything that has been said, I can’t see William wanting Harry at the coronation.
‘I think it is a decision that will be taken jointly after discussion. Charles is clearly the king and the Prince of Wales does not beat the king.
‘But William is Charles’ son, both Charles and Camilla have also been mentioned, I think all three will discuss it together and probably Kate too.
‘William’s voice matters in that conversation, it doesn’t win the King but his voice matters.
‘It’s going to be a long road because public opinion moves so slowly and one thing we’ve seen is that every time they go for the royals, every time they swing on them, it’s in Britain damages his reputation’.
As Harry claimed a stand-up row at Nottingham Cottage – his Kensington Palace flat – William grabbed him by the collar and threw him on the floor, shattering the dog bowl. He said that his back was scraped and bruised.
In a newly released clip from ITV’s upcoming interview with Harry, the Duke said his brother was so despondent during the incident in 2019, he saw a ‘red haze in him’.
“He wanted me to hit back, but I chose not to,” he said of his brother. In the clip released in the early hours today, Harry told his friend Mr Bradby: ‘What was different here was the level of desperation, and I talk about the red haze that I’ve had for so many years, and I’ve come out of that red haze saw in him ,
The short clip of the ITV interview, which aired on Sunday, also shows Harry addressing the drug use in detail in Spare.
Mr Bradby told the Duke: ‘There’s a lot of drugs [in the book], Marijuana, magic mushrooms, cocaine. I mean, it’s going to surprise people.
The Duke appeared to agree and says it was ‘important to acknowledge’.
The royal also said he wants to reconcile with his family – something he says can’t happen without ‘some accountability’.
He says, ‘I want reconciliation, but there must be some accountability first.’ The Duke also said: ‘The truth is, admittedly there’s only one side to the story at the moment, isn’t it? But, there are two sides to every story.
Other lines are also revealed in Harry’s book. William is said to have attacked Meghan after insulting his wife during a meeting which was meant to ‘calm the atmosphere’ between the couples.
The Prince and Princess of Wales have invited Harry and Meghan to their flat at Kensington Palace after a series of rows that reportedly reduced Kate to tears during a bridesmaid dress fitting for Charlotte.
But a conversation over tea and biscuits in June 2018 – weeks after the Sussexes’ Windsor wedding – descended into another conflict as the Duchess of Sussex revealed to Kate that she had ‘childbirth because of her hormones’, according to Harry’s new bombshell memoir. Must have brain.
William then called Meghan ‘rude’ to her face and ‘pointed the finger’ and explained: ‘These things are not done here’. In a passage which exposed the rift between the Sussexes and Wales, Meghan then told William: ‘If you don’t mind, keep your finger out of my face’.
Defending his wife, Harry writes in his new book: ‘Meg said she had done nothing intentionally to offend Kate and if she had, she pleaded with him to tell her so that May he avoid it happening again’.
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