Prince Harry's 'scathing' attacks on Prince William 'overshadowed' King Charles's first year as monarch

King Charles and Prince Harry

Prince Harry has issued many attacks on the monarchy in the last year

Dorothy Reddin

By Dorothy Reddin

Published: 27/09/2023

- 14:22

Updated: 27/09/2023

- 14:50

The King has had a 'remarkable' first year as monarch despite his son's 'scathing' attacks

King Charles's first year as monarch has been "overshadowed" by his son, Prince Harry's "scathing" attacks, according to a royal author who spoke exclusively to GB News.

Gareth Russell, who recently published his book, The Palace, explained how the King has remained "consistently popular" despite these hostilities.

Russell claimed: “I think the King has done extremely well. The opinion polls all indicate fairly consistent public support for him and the monarchy.

“He came into a very difficult position in that he was succeeding, not just the longest serving monarch in British history, but also one of, if not the most popular.

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“So that was always going to be a difficult act to follow.

“I also think there were many people who had been predicting, based on his divorce from his first wife, that he would be an unpopular or disastrous King.

“So there were factors stacked against him. And then in the short term, of course, there was the very public, and at the time quite humiliating fallout with his second son.

“A globally televised interview (that was before he became King) and then within a month of becoming King he had to deal with the Netflix documentary and the memoir, both of which I have to say were not particularly harsh on him.

Prince Harry

Prince Harry wrote a memoir called Spare which contained many royal revelations


King Charles and Queen Camilla

King Charles became King in September 2022 and recently celebrated his Coronation in May


“I think that's important to note. They were they were far more scathing in their treatment of the monarchy itself, and also his eldest son, Prince William."

Russell argued that the monarch's first year as King was certainly "overshadowed" by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

However, King Charles has faired quite well despite the scandals, according to the royal author.

He continued: “But nonetheless, it did make it very difficult for him.

Prince William

Harry released 'scathing' attacks on William according to a royal commentator


Prince Harry

Prince Harry attending the Coronation in May


"It did mean a lot of his early months as King were overshadowed by the Duke of Sussex’s publicity.

“And so I think when you factor all three of those things together, it's been fairly remarkable to see how consistently popular Charles III has remained in his first year as King.

“I also think he's managed to hold support from across the political spectrum.

"Which is also very much to his credit.”

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