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Prince Harry accuses King Charles of being jealous of Kate Middleton's media coverage

Prince Harry has claimed that King Charles was jealous of the media coverage of the Princess of Wales and allegedly accused her and Prince William of ‘taking attention away from him and Camilla’.

In his bombastic book Spare, which hit shelves on Tuesday, the Duke of Sussex described how his father ‘held the purse strings’ for his brother – meaning how hard the Prince of Wales worked was essentially dictated by his father.

When the then Duchess of Cambridge announced that she was expecting Princess Charlotte in 2014, Prince Harry tells how his brother began to be called a ‘shy will’.

Jumping to William’s defence, Harry wrote: “He did as much as Dad wanted, and sometimes not much, because Dad and Camilla didn’t want Willy and Kate to get too much publicity.”

Prince Harry says Kate and William

Prince Harry says Kate and William “felt trapped” in his bombastic Spare memoir. He claims the King and Queen consort were always aware of the couple overshadowing them in the press.

Prince Harry claims his father and stepmother ‘openly berated’ William for him and his wife ‘deviating attention from them’ [and] its causes’.

Giving an example, Prince Harry recounted how his father’s publicist was furious that the Duchess of Cambridge’s staff had set her up on the same day as one of Charles’s friends.

As it was too late for the mother of three to call off the engagement at a tennis club, Charles’ publicist instructed that the Duchess must not hold a racket in any photo.

“Such a captivating and captivating photo would no doubt eliminate Dad and Camilla from the front pages,” wrote Harry. “And that, in the end, could not be tolerated.”

According to Harry, the King and Queen Consort (pictured on Christmas Day) 'openly berated' Prince William about him and his wife 'distracting their attention'

According to Harry, the King and Queen Consort (pictured on Christmas Day) ‘openly berated’ Prince William about him and his wife ‘distracting their attention’

Prince Harry's memoir Spare went on sale on Tuesday.  The duke claims his brother and sister-in-law felt 'unfairly persecuted' by Charles and Camilla

Prince Harry’s memoir Spare went on sale on Tuesday. The duke claims his brother and sister-in-law felt ‘unfairly persecuted’ by Charles and Camilla

As a result, Prince Harry says his brother confided in him that both he and his wife “felt unfairly trapped and persecuted”.

Although the Duke of Sussex did not specify what the engagements were, Kate Middleton did visit the GSK Human Performance Lab in Brentford during the early stages of her second pregnancy.

During her visit to the athletics centre, the mother of three – who is known for getting stuck in sports during engagements – chose to watch aspiring Olympians train from the sidelines.

However, she struggled by completing four tests of increasing difficulty by neuroscientist Barry O’Neill, which involved her tapping colored circles on a large screen.

The Princess of Wales pictured during her visit to the GSK Human Performance Lab in Brentford on 12 November 2014

The Princess of Wales pictured during her visit to the GSK Human Performance Lab in Brentford on 12 November 2014

She avoided playing any sport, but was put to the test when she completed four tests of increasing difficulty by neuroscientist Barry O'Neill.

She avoided playing any sport, but was put to the test when she completed four tests of increasing difficulty by neuroscientist Barry O’Neill.

King Charles pictured visited Arlington Gardens in Islington, which has undergone a £170m renovation, on the same day as Kate's 2014 engagement

King Charles pictured visited Arlington Gardens in Islington, which has undergone a £170m renovation, on the same day as Kate’s 2014 engagement

King Charles's publicist reportedly told Kate's team that she should not be pictured with a tennis racket during her engagement, as this

King Charles’ press officer allegedly told Kate’s team that she should not be pictured with a tennis racket during her engagement as this would “erase Charles from the front page”. The Princess of Wales pictured playing tennis in September 2021

On the same day, King Charles visited Arlington Gardens in Islington, which had undergone a £170 million renovation.

In another part of the book, Prince Harry claims his brother was ‘boiling’ with anger after he accused his father and Camilla of ‘planting’ stories about him and his family in the press.

Recounting a phone call in April 2019, Prince William reportedly told his brother: ‘Give Pa and Camilla an inch and they’ll take a mile. They did this to me for the last time.

The Duke of Sussex then says he told his brother that his father and stepmother ‘did the same thing to [him] and Meg’.

However, the duke does not specify what story William was talking about.

But Harry blames an ‘overzealous’ member of his father’s press office for ‘selling’ false or unflattering stories as part of a ‘campaign’ to get good press for the now king and queen consort, at the expense of other family members .

Harry also blamed the same person, whom he doesn’t name but says is a woman, for leaking that he had gone on a hunting trip to Germany in 2017 that ‘made me look like a fat 17th-century baron who craved blood on trophies ‘.

In fact – he says – he was “working with German farmers to shoot wild boar and save their crops”.

Harry claims his German story was ‘swapped’ for ‘better access’ to his father and to suppress stories about a member of Camilla’s family.

He even claims he had ‘evidence’ from reporters inside ‘real newsrooms’ that he and his brother were being cheated on. Like many of Harry’s claims, however, there is much that is confused and wrong.

For example, Charles’ public relations team was headed by a man in 2017 and 2019.

And Harry’s hunting trip was only leaked because locals told Germany’s biggest newspaper that Harry and his friends had arrived in the country on a private jet.

They were also able to track which property they were on because he had attended the owner’s wedding – nicknamed the Boar Exterminator – previously and branded him a good friend.

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