Prince Harry ‘torpedoed’ Charles and Camilla tour with unplanned Meghan defence

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PRINCE HARRY “torpedoed” Prince Charles’ tour of the Middle East when he released a statement defending Meghan Markle.

Prince Harry, 36, gave the Royal Family only 20 minutes notice before releasing a statement he wrote with no guidance from Buckingham Palace about how the press was treating Meghan Markle. Royal expert Russell Myers told the Channel 5 documentary, Meghan and Harry: The New Revelations, the statement was “catastrophic” for Prince Charles. He noted that it “torpedoed” Charles’ trip of the Middle East with Camilla.

Mr Myers said: “Harry’s decisions to write the statement himself and give the family only 20 minutes notice that we was putting it out was absolutely catastrophic.

“It torpedoed Prince Charles’ tour of the Middle East which went down like an absolute lead balloon in the palace.”

It comes as Harry has been looking for ways to keep his military titles after stepping down from royal duties, an insider has claimed.

The Duke of Sussex held the titles Captain-General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Force Commandant of the Royal Air Force Base Honington, and Honorary Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Naval Commands’ Small Ships and Diving.

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Prince Harry “torpedoed” Prince Charles’ tour of the Middle East (Image: GETTY)

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Prince Charles had 20 minutes notice before Harry released the statement (Image: GETTY)

Royal expert Richard Eden has revealed that Harry has a plan to keep his titles.

Speaking to Palace Confidential on MailPlus, Mr Eden said: “I’ve heard from friends of Prince Harry that he feels very strongly about his military titles.

“He plans to use the example of the Queen’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent who was allowed to keep some of his military ties even though he doesn’t have any official working role in the Royal Family.

“Harry thinks that why should there be one rule for the Queen’s cousin and another for him.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at their final royal engagement (Image: WIREIMAGE)

“He thinks it’s grossly unfair.”

Royal commentator Hugo Vickers added: “I think Prince Michael is a very different example because he is still supporting the Queen.

“He is actually a member of the Royal Family and he is still appearing and doing duties.

“The real example was the Duke of Windsor who certainly had to give up all his military titles.”

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He noted: “I can’t see what use Harry would be to the Royal Marines if he’s out in LA. If you want your Captain-General, you want him to be doing things and he frankly is not here.”

According to the book Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, Harry was devastated by the loss of the roles.

Mr Scobie and Ms Durand write: “Harry’s lifelong commitment to the military was why the Mountbatten Festival of Music three days later was a particularly difficult moment; he was set to wear his Captain-General of the Royal Marines uniform for the very last time.

“During a conversation backstage, on arrival, Harry told Major General Matthew Holmes; ‘I’m devastated that I am having to step down.’

“‘It was so unnecessary’, Meghan later told a friend of the decision to strip Harry of his military honours.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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