Concerned about public perceptions, King Charles has reportedly requested a less lavish ceremony that his mother's 1953  coronation


  • Tom Bower claimed that the royal family was "shocked" by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's docuseries
  • He claimed to have learned from someone who dined with King Charles that the monarch wants to stay out of the drama
  • The British journalist said he believes that it will be "impossible" for the King to stay out of it

King Charles III does not want to be involved in the drama brought by his younger son Prince Harry and daughter-in-law Meghan Markle's docuseries, a royal expert has claimed.

British journalist and investigative reporter Tom Bower weighed in on the royal family's reaction to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's controversial docuseries, which premiered with the first three episodes on Netflix Thursday.

"Well, they're shocked by it all," the "Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between the Windsors" author claimed to Page Six. "The question is only — this is really a story in the air — is whether they're going to do an interview to rebut the claims, or whether they're going to strip them [Harry and Meghan] of the titles."

Bower also claimed that "there was never any chance of" the royal family and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex making amends even after the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 8.

The former BBC journalist and television producer claimed to have learned from an unnamed insider that King Charles is unlikely to make any public response to the claims in the docuseries. But Bower added that he doubts the monarch will actually be able to stay out of the drama.

"The whole problem is that Charles hates confrontation, and someone who had dinner with him earlier this week told me that he wants to stay out of it," Bower claimed to the outlet. "But I think that it'll be impossible for him to stay out of it."

International Business Times could not independently verify Bower's claims.

In the docuseries, Prince Harry and Markle opened up about how difficult it's been for the duchess — who has a Black mother and a white father — to be part of the royal family as a biracial woman.

"At that time, I wasn't thinking about how race played a part in any of this," the former "Suits" star shared on the series. "I genuinely didn't think about it."

She continued, "It's very different to be a minority but not be treated as a minority right off the bat. I'd say now, people are very aware of my race because they made it such an issue when I went to the U.K. But before that, most people didn't treat me like a 'Black woman.' So, that talk didn't happen for me."

Royal commentator Jonathan Sacerdoti claimed that the first three episodes of the docuseries "Harry & Meghan" didn't offer enough bombshells to bother the royal family. However, he said he is not sure if the same can be said next week when the remaining three episodes of the series drop.

"I don't think there was very much in there that was particularly new or that will have worried them too much. It was [a] repetition of the same old gripes, repetition of the same sort of stuff [they've previously claimed]," the royal expert told Us Weekly.

"So, I think they may be breathing a sigh of relief on that front, but, you know, there are three more of these [episodes] to come," he added.

Meanwhile, unnamed palace sources who spoke to Us Weekly, People and other outlets have disputed a disclaimer in Prince Harry and Markle's docuseries stating that the royal family was asked for comment on the claims made in the Netflix project but "declined to comment."

The palace insiders claimed to multiple outlets that Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and members of the royal family were not approached for comment on the content of the series.

However, royal correspondent and "Finding Freedom" co-author Omid Scobie reported that Netflix is standing by its disclaimer. He cited an unnamed insider as saying that the household offices for King Charles and Prince William "were contacted and given sufficient time to respond."

Britain's King Charles III meets members of BITC to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Business in the Community (BITC)