Prince Charles 'won't be outspoken' as king says expert
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Prince Charles, 72, is the oldest heir apparent in British history and will succeed his mother the Queen Elizabeth II, 95, as monarch upon her death. Last year the Prince of Wales said goodbye to his son Prince Harry, 36, as he and his wife Meghan Markle, 40, left the Royal Family and moved to North America. The couple, who now live in Montecito, California, have spoken out about what prompted their move.
In particular, Harry has addressed reports that he had fallen out with his father and his brother, Prince William, 38, who is second in line to the throne.
According to royal historian, Dr Edward Owens, Harry’s exit from his royal role has disrupted Charles’ plan for the monarchy.
Dr Owens, a former lecturer at the University of Lincoln and author of “The Family Firm”, spoke to Express.co.uk.
He said: “The relationship isn’t a good one at the moment by the sounds of things, Charles has lost one of his trusty lieutenants in Harry.
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“The whole ‘Charles project’ was built around family and two sons supporting him as king at his side and he’s now lost one of those guys.
“He leaves a gaping hole at the side of Charles and it has done more to destabilise Charles’ monarchy than it has William’s.”
Dr Owens’ warning came after Harry announced last month that he would publish an “intimate and heartfelt” memoir in late 2022.
The Duke of Sussex’s book is to cover his life as a husband and a father, as well as his military service.
In a statement, he said: “I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become.”
Dr Owens explained that although Harry’s book may unsettle the monarchy it is unlikely to have a huge impact.
He said: “Harry has destabilised the monarchy already and that’s why I don’t think his memoir is going to do any more significant damage.
“It’s perhaps a little thoughtless, maybe he hasn’t thought it through very carefully.
“He is distracting attention away from the monarchy and that is the concern.
“Every time the royals are not at the centre of the limelight, that’s a concern, every time that Harry and Meghan do one of these things that will be of concern.”
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Earlier this year Harry and Meghan gave a bombshell two-hour interview to American chat show host Oprah Winfrey.
During the sit-down, broadcast on CBS, Harry claimed that he had two conversations with Charles about his plan to leave the Royal Family before his father stopped taking his calls.
He said Charles had asked him to “put in writing” the details of his and Meghan’s plan to step down as senior royals.
Harry also said he had spoken to his grandmother, the Queen, several times before he and Meghan went public with their exit plan.
The Duke of Sussex said he felt “really let down” but that Charles had started taking his calls again.
He told Oprah that he loved his brother William “to bits” but that the pair are on “different paths”.
The host asked Harry how he felt he had been “trapped” through his responsibilities as a senior member of the Royal Family.
He replied: “Trapped within the system like the rest of my family are. My father and my brother, they are trapped. They don’t get to leave. And I have huge compassion for that.”
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