Princess Diana's candid revelations about King Charles' reaction to Prince Harry's birth unveiled

Prince Charles With Prince Harry Age One At Home In Kensington Palace.
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Prince Harry took a page out of his late mother, Princess Diana's book, when he published his candid memoir Spare - reminiscent of how Diana openly shared her personal experiences through an explosive series of tapes.

The late princess wasn't shy about expressing herself. In a surprising move that caused stir, she clandestinely worked with Royal biographer, Andrew Morton on a biography charting her life.

During this collaboration, she claimed that the then Prince of Wales, King Charles was decidedly "disappointed" upon Harry's birth for one specific reason.

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Unable to have face-to-face interactions with Andrew Morton, Diana liaised with him via their mutual acquaintance, James Colthurst. Colthurst ferried Morton's inquiries directly to Diana and captured her responses in numerous hours of recorded audio.

These recordings were subsequently transformed into a 2017 documentary, and it was in a follow-up film in 2023 where audio of Diana claiming Charles had been "disappointed" by Harry's birth was included. Diana revealed that such a bald declaration sparked a considerable disturbance within the Spencer family, reports the Mirror.

She recounted on the tapes: "At Harry's christening, Charles went up to Mummy and said 'we're so disappointed, we wanted a girl' and Mummy snapped his head off and said 'you should realise you are lucky to have a child that's normal,'" Her expose hit a chord with her mother and cast a shadow over her relationship with Charles.

Diana added that post that incident: "Ever since that day, the shutters have come down. That's what he does when he gets somebody answering back at him."

The tapes Diana recorded held more bombshells, as depicted in the popular Netflix series The Crown.

Morton shared his astonishment upon listening to the recordings: "I felt I'd been transported into a parallel universe. The Princess was talking about her unhappiness, her sense of betrayal, her suicide attempts - and two things I'd never previously heard of: an eating disorder called bulimia nervosa and a woman called Camilla."