Is Prince Charles Jealous of Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton?

Prince Charles is notoriously unpopular. And it’s not hard to imagine how that might create some awkward situations within the royal family. After all, Queen Elizabeth II knows that Charles will succeed her to the throne, and is already planning how to make that transition as smooth as possible given the fact that British citizens don’t want Charles to become king.

Plus, the Prince of Wales was jealous of his first wife, Princess Diana, and her popularity. Is Prince Charles jealous of the younger, more popular members of the royal family, like his sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, or their wives, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle? Ahead, discover everything we know about the situation.

There are rumors of tension between Prince Charles and his sons

Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry visit the tunnel and trenches at Vimy Memorial Park

Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry visit the tunnel and trenches at Vimy Memorial Park. | Tim Rooke – Pool/ Getty Images

The Daily Beast reports that there have long been rumors of significant tension between Prince Charles and his sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. A source told the publication that the relationship is “strained,” commenting, “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.” Clarence House denied the report, calling the claims “complete fiction,” but not everybody is convinced.

Prince Charles supposedly exploited his sons to boost his own image

The Daily Beast reports that Prince Charles’s efforts to boost his own image may have also damaged his relationship with his sons. The prince’s former adviser, Mark Bolland, reportedly “ran a ruthless media operation” to get the public to accept Camilla. And “under Bolland’s influence, Prince Charles sanctioned gross violations of his sons’ privacy in return for positive media coverage.” For instance, Bolland leaked all the details of William’s first meeting with Camilla to The Sun, and used a story about Prince Harry smoking weed to make Prince Charles look good, alleging that Charles responded by taking Harry to visit a drug rehab center, when the visit had taken place months earlier.

The Prince of Wales dislikes the informal style of the younger royals

The New Yorker reports that, according to one biographer, Prince Charles is “keenly sensitive to violations of protocol” and intolerant of “opinions contrary to his own.” So it sort of makes sense when The Daily Beast reports that Charles dislikes the “the very different, more informal way of doing things beloved by the younger royals.” William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan reportedly all call staff by their first names, while Harry routinely brings his staff coffee from Starbucks. Charles reportedly considers those choices inappropriate for the royals.

Prince Charles is jealous of the attention that William and Kate get

The Daily Beast also reports that, according to investigative journalist Tom Bower, “Diana famously claimed Charles was jealous of the attention she received, and Charles allegedly feels similarly aggrieved by the attention William and Kate have received.” Writer Christopher Andersen told The Daily Beast, “People don’t fully realize the extent to which Charles is jealous of anyone who gets more attention than he does.” He added, “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 William and Prince Harry have never spoken negatively about their father to the press

Town & Country reports that even though Charles and Diana’s divorce and her subsequent death were “a difficult time” for Prince William and Prince Harry, the younger royals have never spoken critically about their father to the press. Harry, for instance, even recently praised his father and his stepmother: “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.”

But Prince Charles is jealous of Kate Middleton’s family

People reports that according to a book by Tom Bower, Prince Charles definitely feels jealous of Kate Middleton’s family. The journalist writes that Prince Charles felt “usurped” by the Middletons and “isolated” from his grandchildren by Prince William and Kate Middleton’s choice to spend the holidays with her family (and to live miles away from Highgrove, Charles’s residence). However, Bower also learned that while Charles may worry about William and Kate “taking the limelight,” Camilla is “unconcerned.”

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