King Charles III was said to be “sad and bewildered” by the legal crusade his son Prince Harry launched against a British newspaper group and his continued attacks on the UK’s institutions.
The estranged Duke of Sussex is embroiled in a lawsuit against Mirror Group Newspapers, accusing the conglomerate of using illegal phone hacking to publish dozens of stories about him between 1996 and 2011 that caused him “distress.”
His 55-page witness statement released last week included his opinion that the state of the press and government in England was “at rock bottom,” which violates the constitutional requirement for the royal family to be “above politics,” according to The Sunday Times.
A source close to the palace told the paper that Harry’s rhetoric and against his royal kin had continued to bother the newly coronated monarch.
“The King brings Harry up every time I see him. 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,” the source reportedly said.
Harry, 38, quit his royal duties three years ago and moved his family to California, citing the pressure of their public roles and alleged biases against his biracial divorcée American wife Meghan Markle.
He outlined his grievances in a memoir entitled “Spare” earlier this year, in which he wrote that he had begged his father not to marry Queen Consort Camilla, who he believed would be a “wicked stepmother.”
The prince — who is fifth in line to the throne — Charles or his brother Prince William during his recent brief trip to the UK to testify in the case and had reportedlyto his father’s 75th birthday parade later this week.