Multiple bombshell books about the royal family just dropped, including The New Royals from author Katie Nicholl—which sheds some light on King Charles’ somewhat tense relationship with Kate Middleton in the early days of time in the royal family. TLDR: Charles didn’t exactly love how much attention his daughter-in-law got for being so stylish.
Why, you ask, while rolling your eyes? Apparently, the future King was reminded of how the public focused more on Princess Diana than on him during their tense relationship.
“Her star immediately eclipsed her husband’s, causing early fractures in their relationship,” Nicholl writes, via Entertainment Tonight. “The diligent, sensitive, and status-conscious Charles found it hard to understand. He could not see that in the new media age, being a royal-born prince and future king was a lesser currency than his wife’s megawatt beauty and disposition.”
Charles found himself once again pushed out of the spotlight when Kate entered the picture and everyone was immediately fascinated by her—not to mention obsessed with her fits.
“In the past, father and son hadn’t always seen eye to eye. There was a well-documented clash of opinions in 2013 over the palace’s priceless collection of ivory, for one,” Nicholl writes. “And Charles was sometimes irritated that Kate’s frocks got more media attention than his good works.
“Um. Okay Charles! And on top of that ridiculousness, Charles was also upset that he didn’t spend enough time with Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. As Nicholl puts it, he “had been hurt by not seeing as much of his Cambridge grandchildren as he might have liked.”
Sounds like Charles has a lot of feelings and emotions! Which isn’t surprising, given we know how worked up he can get at the mere sight of a pen, so.