King Charles is determined to mend the rift between Harry and Royal Family as mental health experts warn the mud slinging must stop to heal feuding family
- King Charles wants to mend rift with Harry to get him to his Coronation on May 6
- A source said Charles is ‘first and foremost a devoted albeit worried father’
- Insiders say that the Palace will choose to remain silent on the prince’s memoir
King Charles is still hoping to build bridges with his son Harry, Palace sources say, despite the damaging claims made by the prince in his upcoming memoir Spare.
The head of state is said to be willing to take the Duke of Sussex’s call and heal the rift in the hopes that he will attend his Coronation on May 6.
The Royal Family has so far remained silent on the explosive revelations from the autobiography, which accidentally went on sale early in Spain this week.
Published extracts include an alleged physical altercation between William and Harry, details of the feud between Meghan and Kate and other disparaging passages, including about Queen Consort Camilla.
King Charles is still hoping to build bridges with his son Harry, Palace sources say, despite the damaging claims made by the prince in his upcoming memoir Spare (Pictured: Charles, Harry and William at Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997)
The King is currently residing at Sandringham and is said to displaying a ‘perfectly understandable’ response to Harry’s memoir (Pictured: Harry, Charles and William at the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in 2014)
But mental health experts warned last night that the mud slinging must come to an end if the Royal Family is to ever heal, adding that such a task is made all the more difficult under the glaring spotlight of the world’s media.
On the book, a Palace source told the Daily Express: ‘This is clearly very upsetting but there is time between now and May.
‘Charles is King, but first and foremost, he is a devoted albeit worried father, and naturally, wants this resolved.’
The King is currently residing at Sandringham and is said to displaying a ‘perfectly understandable’ response to Harry’s memoir.
It comes before the prince’s sit-down interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby, in which he will say: ‘I would like to have my father back. I would like my brother back.’
Dickie Arbiter, 82, who acted as the late Queen’s spokesman for 12 years, told The Express: ‘Charles is a dad and this is a family rift, it’s not an institutional or constitutional rift.
‘Harry has gone ballistic, that’s his right. But we’re only hearing one side. We will not hear anything else because if the Royal Family are wise they will remain silent.
‘Charles will be angry and upset because he loves his son. He is a dad, a parent. Siblings fight and do not necessarily get on with each other. But for a parent to lose his son in this way is very sad.’
In a teaser for Sunday’s ITV exclusive, Harry is unable to commit to attending his father’s Coronation.
Mr Arbiter added that it would ‘churlish’ if he wasn’t there but that the King would have no choice but to go ahead.
He said that if Harry did go he would have to swear an oath of royal allegiance while ‘the polls show the great British public is hostile.’
But those hoping for a happy reunion may have to wait longer still, with one psychologist suggesting it is often impossible for those who are in the public eye.
Not referencing Harry directly, Linda Blair, a clinical psychologist, told the Times that even the worst relationships can be healed ‘quietly and with time’, but only without the pressure of the spotlight.
The associate fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) said people change their behaviour when they are being watched, often ruining chances of reconciliation when under public scrutiny.
It is what is known as the Hawthorne Effect, where people act differently when they know their awareness is being watched.
Ms Blair said: ‘By being observed we are different in how we react because of how we’re feeling. You just can’t be without awareness or relax.
‘There’s not a chance for the emotions to cool and logic to step in. It takes the spotlight going off and effort from both sides to be able to forgive each other. You can’t go back to square one, because new things have happened, but you can come back to a compatible and comfortable time. It’s always possible.’
She added: ‘Whenever there’s hurt, it’s never one way. Both parties need to come together if things are to improve.’
Letizia Perna, a psychotherapist and director of services at Winston’s Wish, a children’s bereavement charity, told the Times that Harry emitted signs of what experts call ‘complex grief’, which may have stemmed from losing his mother as a child and which can remain ‘unresolved and really raw for so, so many years’.
She added: ‘It’s not because he’s not dealing with it — he talks openly about having sought counselling — but because it’s tapped into some really deep-rooted sense of self and sense of self within the world, it is really hard to break. It’s a constant trigger.
‘Potentially there’s some aspect of him which is experiencing ongoing images, thoughts and sensations that effectively overwhelm his body and his mind and make him feel out of control.’
It comes after the Duke of Sussex described William’s ‘red mist’ in a fight over Meghan Markle before admitting that he took cannabis, magic mushrooms and cocaine in another clip from his ITV interview, out on Sunday.
Harry also insisted to presenter Tom Bradby that he wants reconciliation with his relatives, even though his memoir has damaged the King and plunged the Royal Family into its worst crisis since the death of his mother in 1997.
And in a separate teaser released by Good Morning America this week, he admitted the rift with William would make their late mother ‘sad’.
Former Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown, a biographer of Princess Diana, said Friday: ‘Harry’s turned into a human hand grenade It’s raining down on the House of Windsor just at the start of his father’s reign’.
The Duke of Sussex has spoken out again over the alleged confrontation between himself and his brother, the Prince of Wales, in an interview with ITV’s Tom Brady
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Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace have declined to comment on anything Harry has said on TV or in his book. But an insider told The Times: ‘It is exhausting, it is exasperating, but it is not distracting. It will burn itself out.’
Harry has alleged that there was a fight between him and the Prince of Wales after he called Meghan Markle ‘difficult’, ‘rude’ and ‘abrasive’. Harry’s book also reveals that William warned him against proposing.
Royal expert Jack Royston said: ‘William will be furious and I cannot see William wanting Harry at the Coronation after everything that’s been said.
‘I think it’s a decision that will be made jointly after discussion. Charles is obviously the King and the Prince of Wales does not trump the King.
‘But William is Charles’s son, Charles and Camilla are both mentioned as well, I think this will be discussed by the three of them together and probably Kate as well.
‘William’s voice does count within that conversation, it doesn’t trump the King but his voice counts.
‘It would have to be a long road because public opinion swings so slowly and one thing we’ve seen is every time they go for the royals, every time they take a swing at them, it damages their reputation in Britain’.
Harry claimed the stand-up row in Nottingham Cottage – his Kensington Palace flat – ended with William grabbing him by the collar and throwing him to the floor, shattering a dog bowl. His back was scraped and bruised, he said.
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In a newly released clip from ITV’s forthcoming interview with Harry, the duke said his brother was so frustrated during the incident which reportedly took place in 2019, he saw ‘red mist in him’.
‘He wanted me to hit him back, but I chose not to,’ he said of his brother. In the clip released early today, Harry said to his friend Mr Bradby: ‘What was different here was the level of frustration, and I talk about the red mist that I had for so many years, and I saw this red mist in him.’
The short clip from the ITV interview, which is due to be aired on Sunday, also had Harry addressing the drug use detailed in Spare.
Mr Bradby said to the duke: ‘There’s a fair amount of drugs [in the book]. Marijuana, magic mushrooms, cocaine. I mean, that’s going to surprise people.’
The duke appeared to agree and says it was ‘important to acknowledge’.
The royal also stated he wants to reconcile with his family – something which he says cannot happen without ‘some accountability’.
‘I want reconciliation,’ he says, ‘but, first, there needs to be some accountability’. The duke also said: ‘The truth, supposedly, at the moment, has been there’s only one side of the story, right? But, there’s two sides to every story.’
Other rows have also emerged in Harry’s book. William is said to have tore into Meghan after he insulted his wife during a meeting which was meant to ‘relax the atmosphere’ between the couples.
The Prince and Princess of Wales invited Harry and Meghan to their flat at Kensington Palace after a series of rows including one where Kate was reportedly reduced to tears during a bridesmaid dress fitting for Charlotte.
But the chat over tea and biscuits in June 2018 – weeks after the Sussexes’ Windsor wedding – descended into another conflict because the Duchess of Sussex told Kate that she must have ‘baby brain because of her hormones’, according to Harry’s new bombshell memoirs.
William then called Meghan ‘rude’ to her face and ‘pointed a finger at her’ and explained: ‘These things are not done here’. In an excerpt, which lays bare the rift between the Sussexes and the 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 that she had never intentionally done anything to offend Kate and that if she had, she begged her to let her know so she could avoid a reoccurrence’.
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