“They grew up so close together, they were thrown together by the sad death of their mother.
“There was a lack of parenting, frankly, on the part of Charles as he kept on pursuing Camilla. As we look at the early years of this century and then into this decade, they grew more and more together, it seemed, when William married Kate.
“That didn’t break them up, Harry was happy to fall in as number three.”
Commentators have previously remarked Prince Charles appeared to fall in line with the Queen and Prince Philip’s approach to parenthood when he and Princess Diana welcomed William and Harry into their lives.
Prince Charles was accused of “lack of parenting” towards William and Harry
Prince Charles and the dukes have known to be very close
Expert Penny Junor noted Charles had always been rather “remote” because of his deep focus on his role as heir to the throne and senior member of the Royal Family.
Ms Junor said: “It is a slightly tricky relationship because Charles has always been quite a remote figure, he has always been consumed by work.
“That’s not a product of a lack of love.
“It’s a product of the fact he is so focused on his work, and the need to make a difference in the world that, like many people who are seeking to make a difference in the world, he has sometimes overlooked friends and loved ones beside him.”
Prince Charles “stepped up” to support William and Harry when Diana died
Prince Charles set the pace of his relationship with Camilla based on William and Harry
Ms Junor also insisted the Prince of Wales had William and Harry “set the pace” when it came to bringing Camilla into their lives because of their close connection with their mother Diana.
She continued: “Charles was always sensitive about William and Harry’s feelings regarding Camilla.
“It was never going to be easy, but the boys dictated the pace and soon realized that Camilla made their father enormously happy, and that his happiness was more important than anything else.”
The detached parenting approach Charles had had to his two boys however changed dramatically after the Princess of Wales’s tragic death in 1997.
Prince Charles pictured chatting happily with Camilla and his sons in 2018
Lady Julie Montagu said: “He really stepped up in that parenting role when he needed to.”
Prince Harry himself noted how Charles had been the one to inform him and William about Diana’s death and how he made sure to “be there” for them as they grieved.
The Duke of Sussex said: “One of the hardest things for a parent to have to do is to tell your children that your other parent has died.
“How you deal with that, I don’t know.
“Our dad was there for us. He was the one out of two left, and he tried to do his best and to make sure that we were protected and looked after.
“But he was going through the same grieving process as well.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK