TOM BOWER: Nobody knows better than Charles that Prince Harry has barely scratched the surface

At a recent private dinner for friends at Clarence House hosted by Charles and Camilla, the King’s guests were stunned by his apparent reluctance to confront his son Harry about his disloyalty.

In the face of numerous slanders, leaks, and provocations, Charles betrayed one of his cardinal weaknesses: a constitutional unwillingness to confront personal problems head-on.

Instead of fighting for an important principle, Charles revealed to his guests that he would rather shy away from an uphill battle.

And so it came as no surprise to read yesterday’s newspaper report on proposals for a controversial peace summit, which quoted palace “sources” as saying the king could ignore Harry’s betrayals and deceit over the past week and seek “reconciliation”. by admitting his mistakes .

At a recent private dinner for friends at Clarence House hosted by Charles and Camilla, the King's guests were stunned by his apparent reluctance to confront his son Harry about his disloyalty

At a recent private dinner for friends at Clarence House hosted by Charles and Camilla, the King’s guests were stunned by his apparent reluctance to confront his son Harry about his disloyalty

In the face of numerous slanders, leaks, and provocations, Charles betrayed one of his cardinal weaknesses: a constitutional unwillingness to confront personal problems head-on

In the face of numerous slanders, leaks, and provocations, Charles betrayed one of his cardinal weaknesses: a constitutional unwillingness to confront personal problems head-on

Such a proposal must have genuinely shocked Britain’s monarchists, an electorate that makes up the vast majority of King Charles’ subjects.

The very notion that he might give in to pressure from his younger son shows Buckingham Palace officials fear losing control of the narrative.

The revelation that probably gave them the most pause was Harry’s claim that he threw away half the final manuscript because of its length – the clear implication that another 400 pages of embarrassing revelations and scathing accusations could be released in the near future.

Nobody knows better than Charles that Harry has barely scratched the surface when it comes to his tumultuous marriage to Diana, his troubled relationship with his own parents, and his adulterous relationship with Camilla. The embattled king knows he has good reason to fear his son.

Charles’ resolve is also weakened by guilt. He’s self-aware enough to realize that after Diana’s death, he was far from the supportive father he should have been.

All too often, at weekends and during school holidays, Harry was left in the care of his nanny at Highgrove while his father pursued his own interests or settled in with Camilla at another house. The chickens, Harry might say, have now come home to settle.

One of the most poignant — and revealing — quotes attributed to Charles in Harry’s book is the king’s plea to his sons after Prince Philip’s funeral: “Please, boys, don’t make my final years a misery.”

In that one sentence, Charles revealed his vulnerability. He feared his reign could be destroyed by Harry and Meghan.

Instead of fighting for an important principle, Charles revealed to his guests that he would rather shy away from an uphill battle

Instead of fighting for an important principle, Charles revealed to his guests that he would rather shy away from an uphill battle

Prince Harry's book Spare was released on January 10th and quickly became one of the best-selling non-fiction books of all time

Prince Harry’s book Spare was released on January 10th and quickly became one of the best-selling non-fiction books of all time

And getting to the bottom of every human weakness seems to be Meghan’s specialty. Just as she humiliated her own father and abandoned her family and many friends, she seems vengeful towards Harry’s family for perceived slights.

So last week Harry said his family should apologize.

As someone who’s scaled the very greasy pole that leads to success in the dog-eat-dog world of American television, Meghan can smell weakness from a mile away and Charles reeks of it.

Finding himself caught between a rock and a hard place, his first instinct is to beg for peace – he wouldn’t survive even a minute as a studio manager.

But Charles should be aware that by giving in to the Sussexes’ demands, he could jeopardize his status and popularity with the British people.

The former head of royal protection has called Prince Harry a “fool” for telling all about the palace’s layout in his memoir

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Not only would the majority of his subjects, outraged at Harry’s perfidy, bemoan any concessions to the Montecito shopkeepers, but William and Kate certainly would not cooperate on a humiliating apology.

Because the Cambridges have borne the brunt of the Sussexes’ attacks. In all their interviews, Meghan and Harry have – perhaps unknowingly – revealed their stunning jealousy of the heir to the throne.

Even before their glamorous wedding, Meghan appears to have been outraged that Kate outranked her in both hierarchy and privilege.

Because of this, the Cambridges have good reason to suspect the genuineness of Harry’s desire for reconciliation. The fact is that William feels his father’s temptation to surrender. This is the obstacle to Charles’ peace efforts.

In the interests of the monarchy, William and Charles recently reconciled. Witnessing his mother’s despair at Charles’ adultery, William always found it difficult to fully warm to his stepmother.

Well, it’s hard to believe that he or Kate could see any benefit in bowing to Harry’s demands. Concessions, they believe, would only lead to more allegations.

William knows the king and his advisors are walking a dangerous path. Talk of reconciliation is a mirage. Harry and Meghan will settle for nothing short of total surrender and victory.

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Bradford Betz

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