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  • Christopher Andersen claimed that Prince Harry's relatives are worried about what his docuseries may reveal
  • He said there are still a lot of things King Charles could do to punish Prince Harry
  • The royal expert suggested that the docuseries could star "a war" between the Sussexes and the royal family

King Charles could retaliate against his son Prince Harry and daughter-in-law Meghan Markle if the couple's upcoming Netflix docuseries ends up being damaging to the monarchy, a royal expert has claimed.

Ahead of the premiere of the docuseries this week, royal expert and author Christopher Andersen suggested in an interview with Us Weekly that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's project could launch a "war" between them and the British royal family depending on what the six-episode show would reveal.

Andersen claimed that King Charles could "punish" his son if the docuseries causes "irreparable damage." International Business Times could not independently verify his claims.

"I think [Harry] will be invited to the coronation," the writer predicted. "I think they will go in May unless everything blows up [in] everyone's face and irreparable damage is done. ... The titles, the charities and whatnot — there's a lot left that Charles could do to punish Harry again."

The "King: The Life of King Charles III" author told the outlet that he thinks it is "absolutely" likely that the monarch revokes his youngest son's royal titles. But Andersen said it's also possible that the King would "keep calm and carry on" like the late Queen Elizabeth II did after the Sussexes stepped back from royal duties in 2020.

Andersen said this would likely depend on the content of the couple's Netflix docuseries.

"I think there will be muted responses to whatever specifics are in there, but we have to wait and see what the accusations are," he said.

The royal author claimed that Prince Harry's relatives are "horrified" about what the docuseries may reveal.

"I think they're still holding their breath and waiting for the other shoe to drop. Well, there are two shoes that are gonna drop because it [airs in two parts]," he said. "I just think the sense of betrayal is shifted over now to genuine combat mode because this is a war between the two [sides]."

Royal commentator Michael Cole echoed the same sentiments in an interview with GB News. He suggested that the King could strip Prince Harry and Markle of their titles after they continuously "provoked" the royal family.

"I think it's entirely possible that the King will say, 'Enough is enough,' and remove the titles HRH from them, which he's perfectly entitled to do," Cole suggested. "This may seem also trivial, but that is big medicine in royal circles where things like this matter very deeply, and it would be a sign of disapproval. And my goodness, one can't say that the royal family has not been provoked."

In the latest trailer for their docuseries, Prince Harry addressed the history of bad treatment of women who marry into the British royal family.

"The pain and suffering of women marrying into this institution, this feeding frenzy," he said, as footage of his late mother, Princess Diana, as well as tabloid covers, are shown in the teaser released Monday. "I was terrified. I didn't want history to repeat itself."

Markle added, "I realized they're never going to protect you."

"Harry & Meghan" will premiere on Netflix Thursday with its first three episodes. The remaining three episodes will air on Dec. 15.

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Prince William, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Prince Charles at the Westminster Abbey Commonwealth day service on March 11, 2019 in London. Getty Images/Richard Pohle