Since ascending the throne, King Charles has been grappling with a persistent rift between himself and his younger son, Prince Harry. In 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose to step away from the royal family, seeking to forge their own path in the United States alongside their two children.
Although Prince Harry did attend his father's Coronation ceremony in May, any hopes for reconciliation were dashed as he swiftly departed without engaging in meaningful dialogue with his father or brother. Contrastingly, King Charles has found solace in the strengthening bond with his elder son, William.
This newfound closeness has prompted speculation that their relationship is now "stronger than ever." Furthermore, the King's endearment for William's wife, Kate Middleton, is evident in his references to her as his "darling daughter-in-law."
Deep Trust Amidst Family Dynamics
The King's alliance with William and Kate extends to discussions concerning the future of the country and the roles they will undertake.
This shared vision has augmented their connection. However, amidst these familial dynamics, there exists an individual who has managed to earn a place of profound trust within the monarch's heart - a feat even surpassing the trust placed in his own sons.
A confidant close to the King disclosed to The Sunday Times that the person who has filled the void left by Prince Harry is none other than Charles' cousin, David, the Earl of Snowdon. This cousin has assumed a progressively pivotal role within the evolving court, serving as the King's "favourite." According to a royal source speaking to Fabulous, the Earl of Snowdon has become the eyes and ears of King Charles, a steadfast channel to the Palace.
This trusted role has granted him considerable significance in the King's life, beyond what the public perceives. Despite the estrangement from his younger son, King Charles has demonstrated resilience by persevering in the duties of the monarchy.
As remarked by a source to The Sunday Times, this situation is tinged with sadness but mirrors the complexities of many families, thereby rendering the King more relatable and human.