Prince Charles dubbed ‘selfish’ by fuming Palace aides after China intervention

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Charles welcomed his fifth grandchild and second granddaughter on June 4. He and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall took to Twitter to congratulate the Sussexes’ new arrival. The tweet read: “Congratulations to Harry, Meghan, and Archie on the arrival of baby Lilibet Diana. “Wishing them all well at this special time.”

It was also recently reported that Charles had been reduced to tears when he heard his eldest son, Prince William, talk about the idea of succession with a second-generational farmer called Mervyn Keeling.

In the ITV documentary, ‘Prince Charles: Inside the Duchy of Cornwall’ Charles said: “When I saw it, I couldn’t believe it, I was deeply touched and moved by what he said.

“Frankly, it reduced me to tears. It did, really.

“Because, I suddenly thought, well, just hearing that from him has made the last 50 years worthwhile.”

His youngest son, however, has publicly accused Charles of being an absent father who appeared to be “trapped” in the royal system.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle quit the Royal Family in 2020 and then proceeded to tell the world their reasons for leaving.

Charles has not publicly responded to the accusations.

He has, however, provided subtle digs like excluding Harry from his background when he presented a speech on video to honour D-Day veterans, on the 77th anniversary of the Normandy landings.

It is unclear as to whether father and son have reconciled since Harry’s explosive interviews but, unearthed reports have revealed that Charles and Harry possibly have more in common than they would like to admit.

In the Netflix documentary ‘House of Windsor’ royal correspondent Richard Kay discusses an incident in 1999, where Charles was called “selfish” by Palace aides following his decision to miss a state dinner at the Chinese Embassy so he could have a cocktail party with Camilla.

Mr Kay said: “Buckingham Palace’s response was one of anger.

“They were so angry in fact, one of their senior officials briefed journalists about what they described as a perpetual and selfish prince.”

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In 1999, the UK was trying to build relations with China in a bid to create business and trade deals.

The Queen was expected to “do her part” which included accepting and attending the invitation to the Chinese Embassy state dinner.

However, because Charles was in support of the Dalai Lama – the leader of Tibet, which was occupied by the Chinese government – he decided to host a dinner party instead.

Mr Kay added: “There absolutely was an expectation that Charles would be at the Chinese Embassy state dinner.

“When the royals arrive at the banquets, the Queen is usually the last to arrive so Charles would have been the second last to get there.

“And, when the car came and it was the Queen getting out then obviously we realised that we had a big story here because the Prince of Wales was not there.

“There was no explanation for it.

“The Palace did not brief on it – I think they were caught unawares.

“By not attending on this occasion he was not only letting down the monarchy, he was also embarrassing his mother.”

In 2015, there was another state visit from China and Charles appeared to have a change of heart because he met with the Chinese President Xi Jinping, participated in the formal welcome, and also attended a private lunch at Buckingham Palace that was hosted by the Queen.

In reference to his son, sources told US Weekly that Charles is finding it “hard to hold back” and is also “boiling with anger” following the fallout from Harry’s comments.

The insider said: “He feels tortured by Harry with his constant digs. He wishes he’d just let it drop.

“The general consensus within the Royal Family is to ignore Harry’s behaviour, to avoid fanning the flames, but Charles is finding it hard to hold back.

“He really wants to defend himself.”

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