The Duke of Sussex has claimed he and his brother begged their father not to marry the now-Queen Consort and he wondered if she would one day be his “wicked stepmother”.
Harry’s autobiography, Spare, which is ghost-written by JR Moehringer, reveals that the royal brothers were aware of Camilla as the “other woman”.
Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace have declined to comment on the leaked claims from Harry’s book which emerged five days before the explosive, tell-all memoir is due to be published.
The book includes details of the moment he was introduced to Camilla for the first time, according to The Sun newspaper, which said it obtained a Spanish copy of the book.
The duke reportedly claims he and his brother had separate meetings with her before she married the now-King in 2005.
He said seeing her for the first time was like avoiding pain while getting an injection, writing: “This is nothing. Close your eyes and you won’t even feel it.”
Harry also alleges Camilla appeared “bored” during the meeting and thought about whether she would be his “wicked stepmother” in the future.
In an interview with the PA news agency in 2005, Harry denied that Camilla was a “wicked stepmother”, declaring that he and William “loved her to bits”.
The duke described his father as a “much more relaxed” person since he married Camilla, and urged people to “feel sorry for her”.
“Everyone has to understand that it’s very hard for her. Look at the position she’s coming into. Don’t always feel sorry for me and William, feel sorry for her,” he said at the time.
He added: “She’s a wonderful woman and she’s made our father very, very happy, which is the most important thing.”
Also in the book, the duke claims he and his brother were willing to forgive her if she could make Charles happy, adding: “We saw that like us, he wasn’t.
“We could recognise the absent glances, the empty sighs, the frustration always visible on his face.”