King Charles’ ‘dignified’ reign could be rocked by Harry’s explosive memoir

King Charles' first month on the throne has been marked with "dignity" despite some unfortunate flare-ups, a royal expert has claimed.

Commentator Richard Fitzwilliams reckons that the monarch's success and popularity depend "a lot" on how his relationships with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle progress – and that Harry's memoir could pose a significant threat.

Fitzwilliams told the Daily Star: "King Charles's first month on the throne has been marked by both dignity and pragmatism. His tributes to the late Queen have been extremely moving.

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"There are challenges in appealing to young people and he has reached out affectionately to Harry and Meghan.

"A lot depends on how they respond and whether Harry’s memoir is published."

Charles famously extended well-wishes to the Sussexes in his first speech as King the day after Queen Elizabeth passed away.

In the address to the nation, where he vowed to dedicate his reign to the service of his people, he added: "I want also to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas."

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But the period immediately following Her Majesty's death was marked by tensions between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the rest of the royal family.

Meghan was reportedly denied access to the Queen's deathbed in Balmoral at the last minute, causing Harry to miss his last chance to say goodbye to his grandmother.

Harry is expected to release an explosive tell-all memoir, with the book expected to hit shelves this winter prior to the Queen's death. Its possible contents could send a "tsunami of fear" through the palace.

Now the book, which had allegedly been completed last summer, is reportedly under review after the Duke expressed concerns over its contents.

Charles is also reportedly hoping to create a "slimmed-down" monarchy to elevate the status of those who have supported him as King.

"We await his plans for a more slimmed-down monarchy and also for his coronation, which will be much reduced from that in 1953, but which nonetheless will be splendid," Fitzwilliams added.

"[The King] has been immeasurably helped by the Queen’s endorsement of Camilla as Queen Consort. His partnership with her is his rock."

And after reports of the King having a "temper" emerged in snippets of the upcoming royal book by Valentine Low, Courtiers, the commentator was eager to address the monarch's countenance.

"There was a lot of publicity over a couple of glitches with pens when he appeared short-tempered, but the physicality required in the period after the Queen’s passing, when he visited all the parts of the United Kingdom, as well as participated in the ritual and entertain visiting guests was extraordinary," the expert added.

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