Camilla spat out tea when Harry suggested mediator at meeting with Charles

Queen Consort Camilla apparently spat out her tea in shock when Prince Harry suggested hiring a mediator to sit in on a family meeting.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had a brief visit to the UK just a few months before the late Queen's death, before their trip to The Hague for the Invictus Games in April 2022.

In new royal book The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth's Legacy and the Future of the Crown, it has been revealed that the new King Charles insisted on meeting with the Sussexes before their audience with the Queen.

According to author Kate Nichols, Harry and Meghan were late for the awkward chat, leaving the King just 15 minutes to chat to the pair before they had to make their leave for the Royal Maundy Service at Windsor Castle.

There were still moments of tension between father and son despite having "greeted each other warmly".

In an extract from Nichols' book in Vanity Fair, Camilla, now Queen Consort, was reportedly shocked when Harry suggested they have a mediator present to keep the peace.

"Harry went in with hugs and the best of intentions and said he wanted to clear the air," a family friend said. "He actually suggested that they use a mediator to try and sort things out, which had Charles somewhat bemused and Camilla spluttering into her tea.

"She told Harry it was ridiculous and that they were a family and would sort it out between themselves."

At the time of the visit, it's thought that William and Kate, the new Prince and Princess of Wales, were on a skiing holiday with their children and opted not to change their plans to see the Sussexes on their flying visit.

Despite the upset and grief surrounding the Royal Family following the late Queen Elizabeth II's death, Harry's upcoming memoir is still thought to be a big worry for Buckingham Palace.

The prince's memoir was set to the be the first in a four-book deal with Penguin Random House, scheduled to be published later this year.

However, following the death of his beloved grandmother, it has been reported that it will be delayed going to press until 2023.

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Penguin Random House has yet to announce a change in release, but a source close to the Sussexes has told The Telegraph that the couple have decided to postpone the release of the memoir while they continue to mourn their loss.

Despite pressure from the public, there are currently no plans to pull the book from publication, with the manuscript, ghostwritten by American author JR Moehringer, finished some time ago.

It is thought that the delay in publication could make way for even more new chapters.


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