Royal sources play down claim that King Charles will do BBC interview
Royal sources play down claim that King Charles will do BBC interview before his Coronation as row over booting Prince Harry and Meghan from Frogmore Collage rages on
- Reports said the King plans to talk about his vision of the monarchy’s future
- Royal author Stewart Pearce believes Charles will grant the BBC an interview
Royal sources have denied a claim that King Charles is planning to give an interview to the BBC ahead of his coronation.
Royal commentator, author and Princess Diana’s confidante Stewart Pearce told The Sun the King plans to grant the broadcaster an interview and wants to talk about his vision of the monarchy’s future and his ‘manifesto’ for a modernised royal family.
The report said Charles plans to talk on a BBC special, potentially with broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby, who in 1994 spoke to the then Prince for a bombshell show on ITV.
It claimed the BBC had been in talks with the King for months and raised the possibility an interview could see Charles questioned on his son Harry’s attacks on the royal family in his memoir Spare.
But royal sources played down the claims of an interview, which came after it emerged Charles has asked Harry and Meghan to leave their UK home, Frogmore Cottage.
It was claimed the King plans to talk about his vision of the monarchy’s future and a ‘manifesto’ for a modernised royal family
The then Prince of Wales being interviewed by Jonathan Dimbleby at his home in 1994
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are seen in the kitchen at Frogmore Cottage, which they have been asked to clear of their belongings
‘I believe strongly, that Charles will grant another interview to the BBC, possibly with somebody like Jonathan Dimbleby, whom he trusts and likes,’ Pearce said in an interview at a British American Business Council event in California.
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This comes after the King moved to evict Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from their Windsor home just 24 hours after the release of the prince’s score-settling memoir Spare.
The Sussexes are believed to have not been offered an alternative property on any royal estate. A spokesman for the couple in the US last night confirmed that they had been asked to move out.
They said in a statement: ‘We can confirm the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been requested to vacate their residence at Frogmore Cottage.’
It is understood Prince Andrew has been offered the keys to their five-bedroom home, a stone’s throw from Windsor Castle.
Friends of the Sussexes branded the decision to force them out of Frogmore Cottage as ‘cruel’, the latest salvo in the royal drama escalated tensions within the family ahead of Charles’s coronation in May.
Sources claimed they had no idea that Frogmore was offered to Andrew until it appeared in the papers.
Buckingham Palace refused to comment last night. A source said any discussions would be a ‘private family matter’ – and one insider said the move was about ‘money, not malice’.
Sources claimed Meghan and Harry had no idea that Frogmore was offered to Andrew until it appeared in the papers
Read more: Prince Andrew ‘doesn’t want to move to Frogmore Cottage
Omid Scobie, Harry and Meghan’s biographer, described it as a ‘crushing blow’ to the couple, who have been told little detail apart from the fact that the property is needed for ‘someone else’.
He quoted a ‘friend’ as saying: ‘It all feels very final and like a cruel punishment. It’s like [the family] want to cut them out of the picture for good.’
Mr Scobie described the Sussexes as being ‘stunned’ by the King’s decision and claimed that two other members of the royal family are ‘appalled’.
Mr Scobie, who has previously been described as the Sussexes’ unofficial spokesman, said the couple were initially given just weeks to leave but now have until ‘early summer’ to vacate.
‘Now they have at least until after the coronation,’ a source told him.
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