King Charles’s best friend hits out at Harry’s ‘hurtful’ behaviour

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The man regarded by many to be one of King Charles III’s closest friends has hit out at Prince Harry over the “hurtful” and “cruel” claims he made against his father and the Royal Family.

The astonishing comments from Lord Nicholas Soames, the grandson of late Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, come just hours before the Duke of Sussex is due to touch down on the UK for the Coronation of King Charles III.

In January, Harry released his tell-all memoir Spare, which saw him make bombshell claims against several members of the Royal Family. He repeated many of these allegations in TV interviews to promote his book.

The prince will attend the Coronation on Saturday, but it has been widely reported he could receive an “icy” reception from many royals as relations plummet to new lows

Now in an interview with Times Radio, Lord Soames, who has known King Charles since the age of 12, hit out at Harry for “hurtful” behaviour of “the cruellest kind” toward his father.

He said of his close friend: “I love him and admire him very, very much indeed.”

But during the course of a 30-minute interview, he added: “In respect of Prince Harry, I just think it’s the most tragic.

“I mean, I can’t put myself in the position where my own son, if he did something like that to me, it would just be the cruellest and one would mind.”

Lord Soames said “of course, the King was very, very sad”, describing the situation as “tragic”. He added: “We all have families. We’ve all lived through it. But it was a terrible blow.”

But despite this, he fully supports the decision from King Charles to invite Harry to the Coronation celebrations.

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The close friend said: “I think it would have been a great pity if Prince Harry hadn’t come to his father’s Coronation.

“He is coming and I just hope that we can keep all this in proportion. This day is about the King and the Queen, not about Prince Harry.”

Lord Soames was also asked in the interview about how Queen Camilla felt about Harry but swerved the question, insisting he hadn’t discussed it with her.

He instead returned to how Harry’s public claims against the Royal Family had affected King Charles.

The close friend said: “Of course it was hurtful, you could see it, written all over his face. Put oneself in his position. It was just painful beyond words.”

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But while Sir Nicholas dodged the question over Camilla’s feelings towards Harry, a source has claimed she is “pretty furious” about what he said in Spare.

In his book, the prince took aim at several members of the Royal Family, alleging she posed a risk of leaking private conversations to the media in efforts to clear her image after her affair and later marriage with Charles.

Nick Bullen, co-founder of True Royalty TV, said Camilla is far from pleased that this claim has been shared in the public domain.

He told Fox News Digital: “I know from various people who are close to her [that] she was pretty furious with what was being said about her.

“But she is not someone that is going to be phoning Harry or [his wife] Meghan [Markle] and shouting down on the phone at them.

“She just moves on…I don’t think she’s necessarily going to forgive, and I don’t think she’s necessarily going to forget.”

But Mr Bullen added Camilla is not getting too bogged down by all the claims made against and is trying to move on.

He said: “It is not something that she dwells on, I’m told. She plays a much longer game, and she plays with a much straighter bat.

“She was, I’m told, annoyed by what was said but moved on pretty quickly from what was said.”

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