Clarence House Denies Claims that Prince Charles Is Not Close with His Sons William and Harry

Such a vocal denial indicates that the rumors, whether true or not, struck a nerve.

Clarence House, the public communications channel for Prince Charles, has issued a rare statement of denial regarding the Daily Beast's recent article "Inside the Cold War Between Prince Charles and William and Harry," which claims that the Prince of Wales does not have a good relationship with his two sons.

"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 anonymous source told Daily Beast writer Tom Sykes, also claiming that Charles "hates" how his sons are speaking openly about their emotions in their campaign to end the stigma against mental illness.

Additionally, the story suggests that Charles doesn't care for the younger royals' more relaxed interactions with staff, and that he is jealous of their relative popularity. As writer Christopher Andersen says in the piece, "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."

Prince Charles poses with princes William and Harry in Scotland just a few weeks before their mother, Princess Diana, was killed in a car crash.

There's no denying that Charles and Diana's divorce and the complicated media battle between them was a difficult time for William and Harry. As was their mother's death—and the stiff-upper-lipped way the royal family chose to handle their grief.


Undoubtedly these childhood struggles would have impacted their relationship with their father, but the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex have never spoken critically of Charles to the press. Recently, Harry has praised both his father and stepmother Camilla.

Earlier this year, for example, Prince Harry called his father an "inspiration."

"It is your selfless drive to affect change, whether that is to improve the lives of those who are on the wrong path, to save an important piece of our national heritage or to protect a particular species under threat, which William and I draw inspiration from every day," Harry said.

Prince Charles pats Prince Harry’s head affectionately at a polo match in 2004.

And in the Angela Levin's book Harry: Conversations with the Prince, which was published earlier this year, Harry denies any rumor that Camilla is a "wicked stepmom."

“To be honest, she’s always been very close to me and William,” he said. “She’s not a wicked stepmother. Look at the position she’s coming into. Don’t feel sorry for me and William, feel sorry for her.”

He added, “She’s a wonderful woman and she’s made our father very, very happy, which is the most important thing. William and I love her to bits.”

While there may be truth to some of the rumors laid out in the piece, the story seems to ignore the ways in which Prince Charles has supported both Prince Harry and his new bride Meghan Markle in recent weeks, mentioning the Duchess of Sussex only once briefly, in passing.


Charles was there for Meghan when her father unexpectedly could no longer accompany her down the aisle, and he appeared to make every effort to include Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, in both the lead up to the royal wedding and on the day of the event.

Prince Harry gave a speech at Prince Charles's 70th birthday celebration at Buckingham Palace three days after Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle.

The newlyweds even visited Charles and Camilla in August, on a private vacation, and while Doria is reportedly planning to move to the U.K., the royals really are becoming, to use Harry's own words, the "family [Meghan never had]."

When asked about the piece, Clarence House told the Express that the story is "complete fiction." The royal family hardly ever comments on rumors or speculation about their private lives (see the entire Thomas Markle saga as proof), so to give such a full-throated denial indicates the piece, whether true or not, struck a nerve.

Newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle look back as Prince Charles, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, and Doria Ragland exit the church.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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