Prince Harry infuriated after King Charles refuses to provide financial support

Prince Harry was “infuriated” after King Charles refused to put Meghan Markle on the royal family payroll, a new book claims.

The monarch reportedly broke the news to the “spare” prince in 2016, just moments after Harry revealed he planned on marrying the American actress, royal correspondent Robert Jobson wrote in his new book, “Our King.”

“Are you sure, Harold?” Prince William asked his younger brother.

Then-Prince Charles delivered the second blow — rather than congratulating Harry, the future king said he couldn’t afford to pay Meghan as a member of the royal family because he was already bankrolling Camilla and William’s growing family, Jobson states in an excerpt obtained by the Daily Mail.

“This infuriated Harry,” wrote Jobson, who also authored two books on Princess Diana alongside her former bodyguard Ken Wharfe.

The “bombshell” led to one of the initial falling-outs between father and son.

Charles stopped taking Harry’s calls after his son swore at him and repeatedly asked for funds.

Prince William, the new Prince of Wales, and Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, arrive to view floral tributes to Queen Elizabeth.

Prince William reportedly asked Harry if he was sure he wanted to marry Meghan.In Pictures via Getty Images

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the long Walk at Windsor Castle.
The slight was the first of many the Sussexes felt from the royal family.POOL/AFP via Getty Images

“When the Queen asked Charles why he hadn’t given in, he told her that he wasn’t a bank,” Jobson wrote.

Jobson theorizes that all the incidents Harry and Meghan have publicly whined about — such as the spat between Kate Middleton and Meghan in the leadup to her wedding, when the actress said the then-pregnant Duchess must have been suffering from “baby brain” — were made bigger in their minds because of King Charles’ initial refusal to accept Meghan as a working, patrolled royal.

Harry had a strong inkling that William disapproved of Meghan and considered their romance a “whirlwind affair,” the book claims.

ABOYNE, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 12: King Charles III visits Aboyne and Mid Deeside Community Shed in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, to meet with local hardship support groups and tour of new facilities, on January 12, 2023 in Aboyne, Scotland. During his visit, the King toured the new facilities at the local community space as well as meeting with support groups. The engagement takes place 2 days after the official release of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex's book "Spare". (Photo by Andrew Milligan - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The “bombshell” led to one of the initial falling-outs between father and son.Getty Images
Meghan felt Kate was “stand-offish” from their initial meeting, forming an uncomfortable relationship that continued through their years as in-laws.

Even Queen Elizabeth became turned off by the couple’s antics, particularly after their 2021 interview with Oprah in which they heavily criticized the monarchy and accused the family of not accepting Meghan out of racist ideals.

The late Queen described the Sussexes’ behavior as “quite mad,” Jobson wrote, and later came to believe that Harry was “so consumed” by his love for his wife that it was “clouding his judgment.”