Prince Harry driven by 'betrayal' to uncover 'childhood trauma'

The Prince of Wales with Prince William and Prince Harry outside Westminster Abbey at the funeral of Diana, The Princess of Wales
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Prince Harry could reportedly be driven by a recent “betrayal” to uncover “childhood trauma” just as his tell-all memoir is due to be published this year.

For any royal fans who’d been wondering if Kate Middleton could become Queen before Camilla (opens in new tab), Duchess of Cornwall, the matter seemed to have been settled this month after the monarch made a surprising announcement. The Queen revealed it was her “sincere wish” that her daughter-in-law should be known as Queen Consort (opens in new tab) when Prince Charles, who is currently first in line to the throne (opens in new tab), becomes King in the future.

Prince Charles thanked his “darling wife” (opens in new tab) as this was confirmed and some reports have suggested the Duke of Cambridge is “supportive” of the decision. Though a royal expert has now claimed Prince Harry could be feeling incredibly “betrayed” by it. 

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace

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As reported by Closer (opens in new tab), Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell expressed his belief to the publication that her and Charles’ youngest son will be “angry” that his stepmother is set to take on a title that would’ve once belonged to his mother. 

Paul claimed, “It’ll be like a red rag to a bull for Harry – he’ll be angry. While I don’t think he has disdain for Camilla as a person, I think it’ll rile him and he’ll feel betrayed that she’ll now be Queen when that should have been his mother. He’ll be livid.”

As the wife of the Prince of Wales, Duchess Camilla is technically entitled to be called Princess of Wales. However, she has always opted to be known as Duchess of Cornwall after one of Charles’ other titles. It’s understood that this was a mark of respect to Diana, who's still very much associated with the title. 

Diana, Princess of Wales with her son Prince Harry during a holiday with the Spanish royal family

The announcement that Duchess Camilla could become Queen, just as Diana was once set to be, is something that Paul believes could bring up “childhood trauma” for Prince Harry. He alleged, “Even though he and Meghan met the news with silence, I think he’ll really have something to say about this and it’ll rehash a lot of childhood trauma.”

Just days after the Queen’s message, Prince Harry vowed to “finish mum’s job” (opens in new tab) as he marked National HIV Testing Week. He didn’t mention the news regarding Camilla, though if he does have "something to say", Harry's response could come later. 

Though it comes ahead of Prince Harry’s memoir being released later this year and it's thought this could could also bring up potentially painful moments. 

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall take their seats at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle

Already it’s been suggested that Charles fears the memoir will “publicly blame” Camilla (opens in new tab) for Harry’s childhood. Whilst a royal source has claimed that its revelations could “shake the monarchy” (opens in new tab) to its core. If the reports do indeed prove true, then it seems the Duke of Sussex is prepared to get candid when it comes to his life in The Firm (opens in new tab)

Whether or not he’ll mention Duchess Camilla either generally or linked to her future role as Queen Consort remains to be seen.