PRINCE Charles is “absolutely furious” a growing row between Prince Harry and the rest of the Royal Family has undermined his work overseas as well as his own TV documentary.
Royal sources have also told The Sun that the Prince of Wales is worried about his youngest son in the same way he used to fear for his ex-wife Princess Diana.
Prince Charles is ‘furious’ about the feud developing between Prince Harry and the rest of the Royal FamilyCredit: Getty – Contributor
Meghan Markle is thought to have let the Prince of Wales down after she cancelled a meeting at the last minuteCredit: PA:Press Association
Charles is adamant he has supported Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and was let down when his daughter-in-law, 38, cancelled a meeting with him at the last minute.
However the future king — who yesterday dropped in on the Welsh rugby team in Tokyo — will continue to defend them publicly.
The biggest crisis to hit the monarchy in years has snowballed since Harry confirmed a feud with his brother William in Sunday night’s bombshell documentary.
In the ITV show Meghan also slammed the British stiff upper lip tradition as “damaging”, prompting sources close to William to suggest the couple are “fragile”.
We can reveal the Queen wants Harry, 35, and William, 37, to rise above their issues and focus on their strong family ties.
The monarch remains close to Harry given they both live on the Windsor estate. But she does not want to be dragged into the mess and is deferring to Charles, 70, to help bring her grandsons back together.
However, it was not helped by the briefing from sources close to Harry and Meghan that claimed they have single-handedly modernised the institution.
Some took it as a direct attack on the Queen — and were furious that it completely overshadowed Charles’ work overseas, as well as William and Kate’s.
A royal source revealed: “The Prince of Wales is very busy at the moment touring Japan, including a visit with the Welsh rugby team. But the point is that this whole kerfuffle has completely undermined the work he is doing, just as it undermined the work Prince William and Kate were doing in Pakistan.
This is a documentary about his life’s work and it really meant a lot to him. It’s been completely and utterly annihilated, all because these two think they’ve reinvented the wheel.
“To do it to your brother is one thing. To do it to your father and paymaster is a completely different matter altogether.”
Staff at Clarence House are also said to be disappointed that the two-part ITV programme Prince Charles: Inside the Duchy of Cornwall – which starts tonight – has been virtually ignored.
The source explained: “This is a documentary about his life’s work and it really meant a lot to him. It’s been completely and utterly annihilated, all because these two think they’ve reinvented the wheel.”
Yesterday The Sun revealed Harry strongly disputed claims by William that he is “fragile”. He believes he and Meghan have not received the same level of support from the royal institution.
Sources stressed Charles shares William’s very real concern for Harry. One said: “Charles is worrying about Harry in the same way he did Diana. Publicly he will defend his son.”
Charles has welcomed Meghan – who he walked down the aisle on her wedding day – to the family with open arms, the insiders insist.
The source said: “It’s a real shame that Harry and Meghan didn’t go to Balmoral. That’s where the family talk about these things. There has also been at least one occasion when Charles invited Meghan to an event, she accepted and then didn’t turn up.
“You can’t do that. When the Royal Family send you an invitation you go, short of dying. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be there.”
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A royal insider said: “The respect and admiration for the Queen comes because she rises above these sorts of issues. But the Queen is close to all her grandchildren. Family ties are strong.”
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said they will not comment on private family conversations.
Prince Charles pictured with the members of the Wales rugby team while on his tour of JapanCredit: Rex Features
The Queen has been heralded for her modernisation of the monarchy following claims that Harry and Meghan had single-handedly modernised the institutionCredit: Paul Edwards – The Sun
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s hard work during their trip to Pakistan may have been undermined by the current royal riftCredit: Splash News
Meghan Markle held back tears as she revealed her ‘struggle’ as a ‘vulnerable’ pregnant woman in an ITV documentaryCredit: ITV
Charles is thought to be adamant that he has supported Prince Harry and Meghan Markle since their marriageCredit: PA:Press Association
Maj so modern
ROYAL staff and family members erupted in outrage at claims Prince Harry and Meghan are “single-handedly” behind the modernisation of the British monarchy.
A senior royal staffer said: “Her Majesty the Queen is the most modernising monarch the institution may ever have.
“The Queen, with the support of Prince Philip, turned it from a medieval organisation to a modern one.
“They broadcast the coronation, did the first-ever reality series on TV, opened Buckingham Palace up to the public.
“The Sussexes might think they have changed everything but they have only been around five minutes.”