Charles 'joked he'd have to search Prince Harry to see if he was taping conversation' royal expert claims

King Charles and Prince Harry's relationship has been fractured ever since the Duke of Sussex decided to quit his Royal duties in 2020 along with his wife Meghan Markle. The Monarch decided not to meet with Prince Harry during his London visit, with one Royal expert suggesting King Charles was worried about being recorded.

The Duke of Sussex, 39, returned to the UK earlier this week to take part in a number of Invictus Games engagements. Harry had hoped he would be able to meet with his father, but King Charles was too busy to see him.

Royal author Tom Quinn has now claimed the King joked he would have to have someone search Harry to see if he was recording had he met with his son. Speaking to The Mirror, Tom said: "When King Charles heard his son was planning to return for the Invictus Games, he joked that if he saw Harry he would have to have him searched first to see if he was taping their conversation!"

Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex
Prince Harry received a warm welcome upon his return to the UK -Credit:2024 Getty Images

A spokesperson for Harry released a statement to confirm the Duke of Sussex would not be meeting with his father during his UK trip. They said: "In response to the many inquiries and continued speculation on whether or not the duke will meet with his father while in the UK this week, it unfortunately will not be possible due to His Majesty's full programme. The duke of course is understanding of his father's diary of commitments and various other priorities and hopes to see him soon.

Meghan Markle did not join Harry on his UK trip
Meghan Markle did not join Harry on his UK trip -Credit:Getty Images

"Tom also shared that Charles is concerned about the potential fallout if Meghan Markle were to pen a memoir. He said: "There was a sigh of relief at Kensington Palace and Clarence House that Harry appears to have scrapped the idea of a second book after his best-seller Spare, but the focus has now switched to Meghan. King Charles now fears that anything he says to his son may end up in a book written by Meghan.

The Royal commentator hinted that Meghan might time the release of her memoir to coincide with her lifestyle brand America Riviera Orchard. He revealed to the Mirror: "For all her efforts to make a success of her new online business, America Riviera Orchard, Meghan knows that a personal memoir of her time in the UK as a working Royal would sell millions of copies and make her the sort of money she craves. She is also acutely aware that such a book would only boost traffic to her new online business.

"All this fills King Charles with horror because Harry is bound to be a major contributor to the book."

OK! has contacted Buckingham Palace for comment.

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