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King Charles could speak out on Harry and Meghan row in landmark BBC interview, reports say

King Charles could open up on Harry and Meghan in a major BBC interview, according to reports.

It is being said that palace aides are discussing the possibility of an interview and the monarch could use the opportunity to give his side of the story following the release of Prince Harry's memoir Spare and his Netflix documentary with Meghan. If the Palace agrees to the interview, the King could have his say.

King Charles, Prince William and wife Kate have so far remained silent following a series of sensational claims made by Harry and Meghan. They include Harry’s allegations of physical fights between him and brother, a teary fall-out between Meghan and Kate over flower-girl dresses and the princes’ rocky relationship with Queen Consort Camilla.

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BBC bosses want the King to do a piece to camera about his life and his plans as monarch, which would feature in their coverage celebrating his coronation on May 6. And the BBC could use veteran broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby, 78, a long-term friend of Charles, to conduct the chat, reports The Mirror.

Palace aides are concerned about the line of questioning, it is claimed. But sources say the monarch is mulling over the interview offer.

An insider said: “Plans are already up and running for coronation coverage at the BBC, including the profile on the monarch. It is not the done thing to avoid subjects in interviews, so it makes matters tricky.

“Even one small comment on Harry and Meghan would make worldwide news. It could also prompt a response from Harry, which would be unpredictable, like so much. Everything is very delicate.”

The King has the option of missing a pre-coronation interview altogether and instead releasing his own footage for use by the media. It would follow a similar path to his Christmas Day message.

The source added: “There remains an option for the family to simply produce a coronation speech or content they film and supply. It allows control over what is said and would not address the Sussexes.”

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