In his book, Prince Harry claimed that his father, King Charles, did not like how his wife, Meghan Markle, allegedly overshadowed him.
In his upcoming memoir, “Spare,” the Duke of Sussex discusses his relationship with his family. In the book, Prince Harry claims that His Majesty told him they didn’t have “enough money” to support Markle financially because he was “already having to pay” a lot to support him, along with his brother Prince William and sister-in-law Kate Middleton.
He wrote, according to Page Six:
“Pa didn’t financially support Willy and me, and our families, out of any largesse. That was his job. That was the whole deal.”
Prince Harry stated that he and his older brother “agreed to serve the monarch” and keep their hands and feet “inside the gilded cage at all times” in exchange for being looked after.
The 38-year-old royal went on to say that he later realized his father was not concerned with money but was envious of how the Duchess of Sussex was overshadowing him.
Prince Harry continued:
“Pa might have dreaded the rising cost of maintaining us, but what he really couldn’t stomach was someone new dominating the monarchy, grabbing the limelight, someone shiny and new coming in and overshadowing him.”
The King had “lived through that before,” according to Prince William’s brother, when he was married to their late mother, Princess Diana.
In a previous interview, Princess Diana stated that King Charles envied the public’s devotion to her. His jealousy was one of the reasons for their divorce.
During her 1995 “Panorama” interview, she told BBC’s Martin Bashir that those people were closer to her husband but were there to see her:
“The pressure on us both as a couple with the media was phenomenal and misunderstood by a great many people. We’d be going round Australia, for instance, and all you could hear was, ‘Oh, she’s on the other side.'”
Princess Diana continued:
“Now, if you’re a man like my husband, a proud man, you mind about that if you hear it every day for four weeks. And you feel low about it, instead of feeling happy and sharing it.”
When asked if she was “flattered” by the media attention, the mother of Prince William and Prince Harry said “no” before explaining:
“because with the media attention came a lot of jealousy; a great deal of complicated situations arose because of that.”
“Spare” will be available on January 10th.