King Charles Continually “Frustrated” at Prince Harry’s Behavior, Source Says

“The King brings Harry up every time I see him.”

King Charles and Prince Harry in tuxes at a black tie event
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Familial relationships can be rollercoasters, as seems to be the case between King Charles and Prince Harry. The Sun reports that His Majesty is “sad” and “increasingly frustrated” by his younger son’s behavior, including somewhat old news like the contents of Spare (Harry’s memoir, released this past January) and, more recently, his very quick trip (think 28 hours) to the U.K. for his Coronation on May 6. (Hey—he did go, after all, and somehow made the transatlantic juggling between the Coronation and son Prince Archie’s fourth birthday work.)

“The King brings Harry up every time I see him,” an insider told The Times. “I don’t think we’ve moved past sad and bewildered, but there’s a bit more frustration at his behavior, because it just keeps going.” 

Closeup of King Charles

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Harry was in the U.K. last week, testifying on Tuesday and Wednesday as part of a lawsuit against Mirror Group Newspapers, which Harry is suing for allegedly illegally accessing information through voicemails. The King returned from Romania on Tuesday, but father and son apparently did not meet up.

Prince Harry at High Court for his phone hacking lawsuit

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Charles’ first Trooping the Colour as monarch is this upcoming Saturday, and Marie Claire reported this morning that word is that Harry and wife Meghan Markle were not invited. Harry and Meghan attended last year’s Trooping the Colour—the annual public birthday celebration of the monarch—which was part of Her late Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. They brought along Archie and Princess Lilibet to the U.K., with the latter celebrating her first birthday at Frogmore Cottage.

Rachel Burchfield
Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.