Prince Charles' 70th birthday family portrait was 'absolute nightmare' to plan because of brothers, biography claims

The Prince of Wales' official 70th birthday photograph with his family was an "absolute nightmare" to plan because of Prince Harry and Prince William, the tell-all bookhas claimed.

The portrait released in 2018 showed Prince Charles sitting on a bench with Prince George on his knee, and the Duchess of Cornwall and Princess Charlotte next to him.



Behind the heir to the throne was the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with Kate holding Prince Louis, and Harry and Meghan next to them.

Authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand of the bombshell book Finding Freedom wrote that how sources said the photo was difficult to arrange because "neither William nor Harry made much of an effort to make themselves available".

The authors also described Harry's relationship with his father as 'complicated'.

When Prince Charles came down with coronavirus, the Duke of the Sussex immediately phoned, according to the book.

The authors wrote: "The doctors described the Prince of Wales as in 'good spirits' and his symptoms as mild, it was still enough to fill Harry with worry.

"He immediately called Charles at Birkhall, his Scottish home where he was now quarantined.

"Harry regularly checked in on his father until he was out of quarantine and recovered – as well as Camilla, who isolated herself as a precaution."

Finding Freedom claims revealed include:

  • Meghan felt people wanted her to serve her child "on a silver platter" after Archie was born
  • The Sussexes had to let go of Archie's nanny in the middle of her second shift
  • Prince Harry was "delightfully surprised" when Meghan reportedly peed in the woods on their luxury camping trip in Botswana
  • The duke started to scout for an engagement ring just six months after dating Meghan
  • Harry was stunned after Meghan's estranged family gave a series of interviews criticising the duchess
  • Meghan had to undergo SAS kidnapping training after an unusually high number of threats
  • She fell for Prince Harry after seeing him play with pal Jessica Mulroney's kids
  • The Duchess of Sussex saw Prince Charles as a "second father"

Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family chronicles their love story and their time as senior members of the royal family before quitting and moving to LA with their son Archie.

The book is filled with explosive allegations and claims as to what supposedly happened behind closed doors.

Yesterday it was claimed Princess Eugenie was left upset after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry broke the news they were expecting a baby at her wedding.

Meghan and Harry told friends and family that the duchess was pregnant at Eugenie's big day at St George's chapel at Windsor in October 2018.

The book's authors wrote in the biography: "A source said [Princess Eugenie] told friends she felt the couple should have waited to share the news".

It comes as the biography claimed that Harry felt like he and Meghan had been "thrown under a bus" to protect members of the Royal Family.

It was claimed the 35-year-old got upset as his reported feud with brother Prince William was played out publicly.

A source told the authors: "Harry was upset that it was playing out so publicly and that so much of the information being reported was wrong.

"There had been moments where he felt people working with his brother had put things out there to make William look good, even if it meant throwing Harry under the bus.

"It was a confusing time, and his head was all over the place—he didn't know who or what to believe, and he and William weren't talking enough either, which made everything a lot worse."


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