PRINCES William and Harry’s relationship with their dad Prince Charles “runs hot and cold” according to author Omid Scobie.
Scobie was being interviewed about the new royal biography Finding Freedom for the TV show Royal Beat where he shared an insight into the brothers’ relationship with their dad.
Interviewed by Kate Thornton, Scobie discusses the family portrait that was taken to mark the Prince of Wales 70th birthday.
Reports suggested that the photo, which featured the Cambridges and Sussexes alongside Charles and Camilla, had been an “absolute nightmare” to shoot because of the ailing relationship between Harry and William.
However, Scobie says that it was in fact the brothers’ relationship with their dad that was the issue.
Speaking in the interview, he explains: “Someone close to Prince Charles (said) this was a headache to arrange.
“Of course schedules do come into that but the other reason I was given was that the boys have in the past run hot and cold with their father.
“He’s not just their father, he’s also the future king and their boss, he’s the purse keeper.
“There are many political things here which can feed into a very up and down relationship, and it was felt by those at Clarence House that it was a headache to put together.”
In the bombshell book Finding Freedom the authors revealed how sources added the photo was difficult to arrange because “neither William nor Harry made much of an effort to make themselves available”.
Behind the heir to the throne was the grinning Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with Kate holding Prince Louis who playfully grabs grandad, and Harry and Meghan next to them.
The Prince of Wales was seen sitting on a bench with Prince George on his knee, and the Duchess of Cornwall and Princess Charlotte next to him.
Meghan and Harry’s unofficial biography was co-written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand.
Meghan, 39, and Harry, 35, have insisted they had nothing to do with the book, from which The Times published extracts two weeks ago.
Scobie, who has close ties to Meghan, also said he had not spoken to them directly.
However, the book does contain intimate information on the early stages of their romance.
In other royal news, we told you how Prince Harry shouted “what the hell?” at the Queen in argument over royal aide.
And Meghan shared a glimpse inside her £11 million Montecito mansion.
Plus Meghan said ‘I’m looking forward to using my voice again’ after being restricted by royal duties.