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Inside The Strained Relationship Between Prince Charles, William, And Harry

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Ever since they were born, Prince William and Prince Harry have been hounded by the media.

But just because they're in the public eye, it doesn't mean the royals are exempt from sharing tense relationships with one another.

Whispers of a rocky relationship between Prince Charles and William and Harry have been swirling around for years, but it looks like there's truth to those rumors.

"They are very different people and they just don’t get on."

With a strong investment in their personal lives, the public is always on the lookout for the latest gossip involving the royals, and when Charles and Diana split, their dirty laundry - including the heir to the throne's adulterous affair with Camilla Parker Bowles - was aired for all to see.  

So, while it's no surprise the princes would hold resentment towards their father for this enormous transgression, it appears the tension is two-sided.

“They are very different people and they just don’t get on. It’s as simple as that. They rarely see each other outside of official business,” an insider told the Daily Beast..

The source added that the Prince of Wales disapproves of his sons' public emoting - particularly when they discuss in detail the tragic passing of their mother.

“My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television,” Harry said in an interview with Newsweek last June.  

“I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don’t think it would happen today.”

"You feel very, very confused."

In 2017, the BBC aired a documentary about Diana, which was the 20th anniversary of her death, in hopes to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.

"I remember just feeling completely numb, disorientated, dizzy," the Duke of Cambridge said. "You feel very, very confused."

"And you keep asking yourself ‘why me?’ all the time ‘why, what have I done? why, why has this happened to us?’"

Although both William and Harry were in the documentary, Charles was noticeably absent.

However, showing off their emotions isn't the only reason Charles is at odds with his children.

Charles is reportedly irritated William and Harry have taken a more relaxed approach to the throne, such as calling the palace staff by their first names, the Daily Beast reports.

"... he is his own man and hates being told what to do."

The publication also alleges Charles is critical over William and Kate Middleton's limited public outings.

"William loves his father and is tremendously loyal to him, but from the beginning he has said he is his own man and hates being told what to do," royal writer Christopher Andersen explained to the Daily Beast.

"So whenever he's pressured by Charles' aides at St. James's Palace to take on some royal assignment he isn't interested in, William complains bitterly."  

"William is unhappy with Charles's camp for promulgating the notion that the Cambridges aren't pulling their weight."

"In fairness, they have three young children and there is no reasonable way they can be expected to match the hundreds of tree-plantings, plaque-unveilings, ribbon-cuttings, hospital visits, and walkabouts Charles and Camilla perform each year."

"Charles is jealous of anyone who gets more attention than he does."

Another point of contention for Charles is his sons' immense popularity with the public, especially when it comes to who should be the future leader of the monarchy.

"People don't fully realize the extent to which Charles is jealous of anyone who gets more attention than he does," Anderson explained.

"Charles was incredibly jealous of Diana for swallowing up all the attention, and the fact that polls routinely show that two-thirds of Britons would rather have William and Kate as their king and queen than Charles and Camilla has always been a source of tension between the two camps."

But despite the strained nature of the trio's relationship, love and respect is still there.

"But, you know, he was there for us."

When Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot on May 17, Charles stepped up to the stage when he agreed to walk the Duchess of Sussex down the aisle when her father suddenly backed out of the ceremony.

He also gave a touching speech at the pair's reception, about his "darling Harry."

Harry also praised Charles in the BBC documentary last year, when he discussed how his father protected him and his brother following Diana's death.

"One of the hardest things for a parent to have to do is to tell your children that your other parent has died," the Duke of Sussex shared.

"How you deal with that I don’t know. But, you know, he 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, you know, he was going through the same grieving process as well."

[H/T: Daily Beast, Newsweek]

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