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It’s no secret that Prince Charles had a seriously rocky relationship with his wife, Princess Diana. Even their wedding day was far from perfect, as Reader’s Digest reports some even believe Charles was still in love with his ex-girlfriend (and current wife) Camilla Parker Bowles. Charles and Diana eventually divorced before Diana’s untimely death, and there were affairs from both sides along the way. Now, however, it’s decades later, and the dust has certainly settled around this royal family drama.
Charles has two sons who are constantly in the news cycles: Prince Harry and Prince William. While the current state of the older royal’s relationship with his sons is constantly up for debate, one report claimed Harry and William were reminding their father of his ex-wife due to one specific personality trait.
One report says Harry and William are hot-tempered
Prince Harry and Prince William | Jane Barlow-WPA Pool/Getty Images
Because of royal protocol, the public never witnesses Harry or William acting out of line in public. But according to veteran royal correspondent, Robert Jobson, the brothers do actually have a hot streak when it comes to their personality, says the Daily Mirror. Jobson said both Harry and William have exhibited “extreme mood swings” that are reminiscent of how Princess Diana reportedly used to act when she was upset.
The brothers also apparently aren’t afraid to argue with their father’s ideals, either.” William has even been known to speak firmly in his father’s face … reminiscent of his mother’s hot temper which Charles had to deal with on a regular basis during their marriage,” Jobson added. And Harry, in particular, “tends to wear his heart on his sleeve,” naturally making him the more outwardly emotional of the brothers. Jobson also said that other royal family insiders agree that the boys’ mood swings can be quite hard to predict.
Diana also reportedly had an explosive side to her personality — but is it true?
Princess Diana and Charles with Harry and William | Pool/AFP/Getty Images
If Harry and William really do have a short fuse, many suspect it’s in part due to Diana’s own instability. But according to Phil Craig and Tim Clayton who wrote Diana: Story of a Princess, any “explosive” aspects of Diana’s personality were totally overblown, ABC News reports.
Craig and Clayton explain that as Diana and Charles’ marriage became worse and worse, Diana was sold to the public as totally mad and suffering from many different mental illnesses. While the princess herself has talked about her depression in the past, it seems the public may have run off with the story and painted her as severely mentally ill when this may have not been the case. “It’s fair to say during the last few years of Diana’s life that she was perhaps disturbed at times, but to say she was mentally-ill throughout her life is nonsense,” Craig said.
It seems Diana may have also wanted the public to understand just how much she wanted out of her marriage by blowing up certain negative aspects, too. The authors explain that Diana did tend to have a manipulative streak, though she was also “immensely complicated.”
What is Harry and William’s relationship with their father really like?
Prince William, Prince Charles and Prince Harry in 2000 | John Stillwell/AFP/Getty Images
Diana may no longer be with us, but what we can observe now is Harry and William’s relationship with their father. Are they really explosive toward each other, and do the sons see Charles regularly? Though many tabloids have reported on the negative aspects of their relationship, it seems all the men have a tighter relationship than ever now.
The Daily Mirror reports Harry even spoke kindly of his father when reflecting on his mother’s death, too. He said, “One of the hardest things for a parent to do is to tell your children that the other parent has died. But he was there for us …. And he tried to do his best to make sure were were protected and looked after.”
Charles may not have spent as much time with his kids when they were growing up, but Good Housekeeping assures that it was because work duties consumed him. And when he did spend time with the boys, he was very engaged with them. Now, as a grandparent, Charles is seemingly making up for lost time. He renovated William’s old treehouse for Prince George to play in and has commented on how excited he is for Harry’s baby, too.
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