CRUNCH talks about stripping Prince Harry of his royal title were held at the “highest level”, a bombshell new book has revealed.
Palace insiders reportedly joked about Harry being a “hostage” of wife Meghan Markle and blamed her for the family’s “fallout”.
Aides also claimed he was a “victim of Stockholm syndrome”, Royal writer Robert Jobson says in his new biography.
The book reveals some senior officials believed Harry should be stripped of his Duke of Sussex title after Megxit.
But King Charles was not in favour of axing the royal moniker because of his “enduring love for his son”, the Mail on Sunday reports.
Jobson says this could change though if Harry continues to “attack” the monarchy.
His dad could then bow to “increasing pressure” and Harry and Meghan might find themselves demoted to “Mr and Mrs Mountbatten-Windsor of Montecito, California”.
Jobson’s new book Our King: Charles III — The Man And The Monarch Revealed, chronicles explosive new details on the fractured relationships between the Sussexes and the Royal Family.
The royal biographer also claims Charles is “deeply saddened by the widening gulf between him and his youngest son” and wishes he could see more of Lilibet and Archie.
But Harry’s bombshell autobiography Spare and TV interviews taking aim at the family have hindered his chances of repairing the rift.
One senior aide said: “Some blame Meghan Markle for the fallout, ignoring the fact that Harry seems to be the driving force in everything that happened.
“There was a point when officials joked Harry was the victim of Stockholm syndrome, and he was Meghan’s hostage, but now most just feel Harry has turned his back on everything he has known.”
The book has also opened up on the Queen’s final hours as her family made a frantic scramble to Balmoral before she passed away.
Harry was reportedly insistent Meghan join him at the Queen’s Scottish bolthole but his pleas were ignored by Charles.
One source claimed the demands “did not go down well with the family – they were all shocked by his behaviour”.
It comes after Harry and Meghan are reportedly set to announce their plans for the King’s coronation within days.
The couple have remained tight-lipped over their plans despite the deadline for RSVPs having passed on Monday.