PRINCE William is said to want to remain neutral in a feud between his dad and brother over claims made about Camilla in Harry's imminent memoir.
Charles has reportedly told aides he fears his younger son's new book will be an "excoriating takedown" of the Duchess of Cornwall, particularly in the early years of the couple's romance.
In an attempt to stop him blaming her for damaging his childhood, and even slating her further, Charles has extended an olive branch to Harry.
He is also said to have confided in his eldest son about his worries and requested he "go in and bat for Camilla" publicly should any hurtful claims be made against her.
But while Wills cares for his father deeply, he is believed to want to steer well clear of the drama.
A source told The Sun: "Charles has shared his concerns with William, and is keen he somehow goes on the record and sticks up for Camilla, should the book attack her.
"But as much as William loves his father, he’s unlikely to want to get involved.
"In all likelihood he will try and stay neutral."
Last year, Harry stunned the monarchy after announcing he had signed a book deal to tell his story.
Publisher Random House released a statement saying: "Prince Harry will share, for the very first time, the definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses and life lessons that have helped shape him.
"Covering his lifetime in the public eye, from childhood to the present day, Prince Harry will offer an honest and captivating personal portrait, one that shows readers that behind everything they think they know lies an inspiring, courageous and uplifting human story."
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Exactly what the book will reveal remains to be seen, and just how damaging it could prove to Charles and Camilla similarly hangs in the balance.
But Harry has previously shared how he experienced "pain or suffering" because of the pain his parents suffered in a potential dig at the way Charles handled the death of Diana when he was just 12.
He also told Oprah Winfrey that Charles "literally cut me off financially" in 2020 and discussed his "genetic pain".
A source later added: "Harry also still has anger towards his father, who insists he cut him off financially, despite the published royal accounts suggesting he didn’t."
Unease is said to bubbling in the Firm about the reputational harm the memoir might do ahead of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee next month.
An insider last night said: "Forget the Prince Andrew saga, the main topic of discussion at Clarence House is Harry’s book — and the reputational damage it could very well do.
"There are concerns about Harry’s recollections of Camilla’s entry into the Royal Family, and how her long-running romance with Charles damaged him from a young age.
"Harry is fiercely loyal and protective of his late mother and her legacy, and didn’t approve of Camilla sweeping in as the great love of his father’s life.
"Understandably he found those early years incredibly difficult, and he might publicly blame Camilla for much of what he believes went wrong in his childhood, and the trauma the whole situation caused.
"Charles is deeply protective of Camilla. The last thing he needs — especially in a year of celebration that should be all about the Queen — is an excoriating takedown of Camilla at a time when people have finally taken her to their hearts."
The Prince of Wales is said to have invited Harry and wife Meghan to stay with him in a bid to heal their rift.
The royals are expecting him to return from his California home to celebrate Her Majesty's 70 years on the throne, but it could be without Meghan, 40, Archie, two, and seven-month-old Lilibet.
The Sussexes are engulfed in security concerns over the government's decision to take away their police bodyguards when they stepped back from royal duties two years ago.
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Harry is seeking round-the-clock protection – normally reserved for royals and government officials – when he returns to the UK.
A source said: "[Charles] hopes by inviting Harry to stay, he can gently talk to him about the book and ask if there’s anything he needs to know.
"He is also desperate to see his grandchildren, Archie and Lilibet — the latter, of course, whom he is yet to meet."
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