PRINCE Charles’s relationship with his two sons is touched upon in a new book centred around Prince Harry’s step away from the Royal Family. A royal insider has claimed money caused “a lot of the quarrels” between Charles and his sons.
Prince Charles, 71, is the future head of the British Royal Family and in charge of funding both his sons’ Prince William, 38, and Prince Harry’s royal work and lifestyles. This is due to change as Harry seeks to become financially independent after stepping down as a working royal. However, the matter of funding has created tensions between Charles and his sons, a new book has claimed.
Money is said to be a sensitive topic between Charles and his sons whose relationship “blows hot and cold”, according to an unofficial biography.
Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand charts Meghan and Harry’s unprecedented step away from royal life at the start of the year.
The book was published by Harper Collins on August 11 and contains sensational new claims about the circumstances which led to the couple’s royal exit.
These include the alleged rift between brother’s William and Harry and their sometimes tense relationship with their father.
Prince Charles heartbreak: ‘Money source of tension’ with sons Harry and William (Image: GETTY)
Prince Charles heartbreak: Harry’s funding would come second to Williams, a royal insider has claimed (Image: GETTY)
Mr Scobie and Ms Durand write: “Prince Charles, who funds many of his own public, charitable and private activities through the revenues of his private estate, the Duchy of Cornwall ‘controlled the purse strings’ which also caused some issues between William and Harry.
“The brothers sometimes had to vie for additional funds for projects from their father, who also helped cover expenses related to Camilla and some of those for his sons (including Kate and Meghan’s wardrobes).
“‘They actually genuinely have to debate who gets what amount of money from their father to fund their projects’, an aide said. “Add in the fact that there is an inherent hierarchy and that is really tricky.’”
Prince Charles heartbreak: Harry and William’s relationship with their father is “hot and cold” (Image: GETTY)
The aide went onto to describe how Prince Charles is in a difficult position as while he is both William and Harry’s father “he’s also their boss.”
Another source claimed William and Harry “can be hot and cold with their father.”
While another claimed Harry “always came second to William” in regards to getting funding.
The aide, who had been involved in funding meetings said: “When you are born in this family dictates your position of power, and because of that, Harry has always come second to his brother, especially when it comes to funding.”
They added: “There were times in the past that Harry wanted to take on bigger projects and do more work, but he couldn’t get the money to support it. William was always the priority.
“A lot of the quarrels have been over budgets.
“That’s what happens when you are in business with your family.”
One royal commentator has claimed Finding Freedom is unlikely to improve Prince William and Prince Harry’s relationship.
Prince Charles heartbreak: As second in line to the throne William would be prioritised over Harry (Image: GETTY)
In his review of the book, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said: “The book lays bare the rift with the Cambridge’s which seemed so obvious on the appallingly organised Commonwealth Day.
“To be fair, the creation of the ‘Fab Four’ was a totally artificial one.
“Racist trolls and paparazzi intrusion have added to the stress which they finally found unbearable.
“Yet when Meghan talks of ‘giving her life’ to the institution of monarchy, it’s important to remember that they didn’t last two years after they married as senior working royals.
“They also were quite prepared to cause a crisis when they stepped back.
“They come across as a couple with many talents but who are also extremely selfish and controlling.”
He added: “The rift between William and Harry is terribly sad, this won’t help to heal it and the far from flattering portrait of Kate won’t be helpful either.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK