In an article for the Daily Mail, Tom Bower writes that King Charles told his guests that he would rather ‘shy away from a bitter battle’ than confront his son.
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‘It could have been two books’
In an interview with The Telegraph, Prince Harry admitted that his first draft was 800 pages long, suggesting that the Duke of Sussex still has plenty of ammunition to throw at the Royal Family.
Prince Harry said:
It could have been two books, put it that way.
He talks about how he had to axe ‘some things that have happened, especially between my brother, and to some extent my father’ for fear the book would be too long.
With this threat looming over the Royal Family, King Charles knows Prince Harry has much more ammunition, including many details about his marriage to Diana, his relationship with the late Queen and Prince Philip, and his affair with Camilla.
The Queen Consort’s public image is still uncertain after the grief she and the then-Prince Charles caused Diana with their affair. King Charles perhaps knows better than to go after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
On top of this, it isn’t in the Monarchy’s custom to respond to accusations, smears, or provocations.
Weakened by guilt
According to the author of the Daily Mail article, King Charles’ refusal to stand up to his son comes from a place of guilt. He is apparently self-aware that he ‘was anything but the supportive father he should have been’ following Princess Diana’s tragic passing.
However, Prince Harry has made several claims that he seeks reconciliation. When making the decision to axe certain information, the Prince told The Telegraph:
I just don't want the world to know. Because I don't think they (King Charles and Prince William) would ever forgive me.
However, Prince William seems to be weary of his brother’s intention, especially since he ‘can sense his father’s temptation to surrender’.
A source close to the King, the Prince of Wales and the Sussexes told The Times:
Both sides need to hold their hands up and admit we didn’t get everything right, and we got a lot wrong, and we have to say to him ‘we understand the pain you’ve been through’.
The source believes the King will be capable of admitting his past wrong-doings. However, Tom Bower believes if Charles forgives all and welcomes the Sussexes back to the Royal fold, he could potentially lose popularity points with the public.
However, there is some doubt whether Prince William, who is ‘loyal to the throne’, can admit he didn't behave well. The Prince of Wales may find this particularly hard as he has borne the brunt of most of Prince Harry's accusations in Spare.
However, the source also believes that the Duke of Sussex may also find it hard to do what it takes to reconcile with his family.
The source claims:
Harry’s got to be able to sit down and say ‘we didn’t behave well either’. That takes a lot of academic flexibility, which Harry isn’t great at.
Bower would seem to agree, claiming that the Sussexes ‘will settle for nothing less than total capitulation’.
- Mail Online: Charles reveals to friends he wants to shy away from a bitter battle with Harry: The King knows better than anyone the Duke of Sussex has barely scratched the surface about his marriage to Diana and that he has reason to fear his son, writes TOM BOWER
- Mail Online: There's enough for another book! Prince Harry says he cut his memoir in HALF and stripped out details about his father and brother – as he claims he has 'long-term' aim to 'fix' the monarchy, insisting 'it's about trying to save them from themselves'
- The Times: Peace talks planned for Prince Harry and royal family before coronation