Prince Harry ‘did not want to be in the same room’ as Queen Camilla when he spoke to the King about cancer diagnosis, sources claim
The Duke of Sussex is said not to have wanted to be in the same room as the Queen when he spoke to his cancer-stricken father, King Charles III.
Write for The TelegraphCamilla’s friend and British journalist Petronella Wyatt said: ‘Harry, I hear, chose not to be in the same room with his stepmother when he spoke to the King about his cancer diagnosis.’
The father-of-two made a flying visit to London from California last week to see his father for 30 minutes following the monarch’s surprise cancer revelation.
It’s no secret that Harry and Camilla share a rocky relationship after the duke claimed in his memoir Spare last January that his stepmother leaked stories about the royal family to the media to boost her image.
He also branded her ‘dangerous’ and a ‘villain’ and claimed she ‘sacrificed him’ to improve her reputation.
The Duke of Sussex (pictured in 2022) is said not to have wanted to be in the same room as the Queen when he spoke to his cancer-stricken father King Charles III
Prince Harry flew into the British capital on a ten-hour flight from Los Angeles on Tuesday and arrived at Clarence House at 2.42pm.
The Duke, who has been estranged from his father and brother Prince William since leaving royal life, then quickly flew back to LA and was in Vegas the next day to give a speech at an NFL awards ceremony.
During their meeting, the King only saw Harry for half an hour to keep his stress levels down, according to royal expert Robert Jobson.
He told The sun: ‘You don’t want his blood pressure to rise. The king is not very healthy, whatever type of cancer it is, he is undergoing treatment.
‘The best thing for him is calm. After the initial kiss and hug, love your dad, hope you get better soon, what issues will be raised? Things that will raise your blood pressure.’
Charles was said to be ‘disappointed’ with his son’s portrayal of Queen Camilla in his book Spare, according to a report by The Telegraph in November.
In the memoir, Harry wrote of Camilla: ‘I have complex feelings about acquiring a step-parent who I thought had recently sacrificed me on her personal PR altar.’
Harry also said that he and his brother Prince William ‘begged’ their father, King Charles III, then Prince Charles, not to marry Camilla because they feared she would become their ‘wicked stepmother’.
The father-of-two made a flying visit to London from California last week to see his father (pictured with Queen Camilla) for 30 minutes following the monarch’s surprise cancer revelation
In another blow, Harry described Camilla as ‘dangerous’ and a ‘villain’ who left ‘bodies in the street’ in her desire to change the public’s perception of her.
In a TV interview to promote the book last January with Anderson Cooper on the CBS News show 60 Minutes, Harry elaborated on his allegations.
The Duke said: ‘She was a third person in their (my parents’) marriage, she had to rehabilitate her image.
‘It made her dangerous because of the connections she forged in the British press.
‘Because of the connections she forged … there was an open willingness on both sides to trade information.
“And with a family built on hierarchy, and with her on her way to being Queen Consort, there would be people or bodies left in the street as a result.”
Three months after the book’s publication in April, an aide told The Sunday Times of Camilla’s reaction to Harry’s claims, saying: ‘It wasn’t stomping or gnashing of teeth – it was much more of an eye-rolling reaction. .’
Camilla’s good friend Fiona Shelburne, Lady Lansdowne, also told the paper: ‘Of course it bothers her, of course it hurts.
‘But she doesn’t let it get to her. Her philosophy is always: “Don’t make a thing of it and it will calm down – least said, soon recover.”
Meanwhile, it has emerged that King Charles still hopes to visit Australia with Queen Camilla in October, despite his recent cancer diagnosis.
His ongoing treatment has put his appearance in the country this autumn in doubt, but a palace source says the monarch still hopes to complete the visit as part of a long-haul trip.
The visit is scheduled around the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Samoa and was confirmed by Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in early January.
Camilla speaks with Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Color in June 2015
Charles, Camilla and Harry watch a fly-by from the Buckingham Palace balcony in July 2005
Prince Harry speaks as Charles, Camilla and Meghan look on as they attend the Prince of Wales’ 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration held at Buckingham Palace in May 2018.
The source told the Telegraph: ‘We are continuing with planning but we are not at any stage to confirm timing or dates as this is the first week of the King’s treatment. It certainly remains the case that he hopes that will continue.’
The visit will be the first by a reigning monarch since Elizabeth II in October 2011 and Charles’ first since his accession.
The king announced last week that he was suspending all public duties while undergoing treatment for an unspecified cancer.
His Majesty is well enough to hold a limited number of face-to-face meetings, sources say, but will spend most of his time recuperating at Sandringham or Highgrove.
Charles continues to work behind the scenes on his red box state papers and is also expected to return to London more or less weekly to hold an audience with the Prime Minister and receive further treatment and medical advice.