Why Charles' first Christmas as King will be most dramatic yet after royal race row and Netflix bombshells, experts warn | The Sun

CHARLES' first Christmas as King is gearing up to be the most dramatic yet.

Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams revealed how the Royal Family will celebrate Christmas this year as they mourn the loss of the Queen.

But while Queen Elizabeth will be the "centre" of the season, the family are reeling after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle "declared war" with their Netflix doc.

And the release of the latest season of Netflix's The Crown in November brought it's own drama.

Series five of the hit show rakes over some of the most intimate aspects of Charles and Diana's crumbling marriage in the early 1990s.

It also portrays the then Prince of Wales as petty, cold and deceitful.

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Plus, this year saw one of King Charles' relatives thrust into the limelight for a very different reason.

Mike Tindall, 44 – the husband of the King's niece Zara – went on I’m A Celebrity in a reported bid for cash.

Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told The Sun: "The Queen will be the centre of the message.

"There's energy difficulties, strikes, economic turbulence.

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"And normally the Royal Family would be able to rise above that."

But after an "unpredictable" year – celebrations may be more tense than usual, he added.

Here we break down the key factors that will make Charles' first Christmas as King the most turbulent yet.

Harry & Meghan's Netflix bombshells

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle released the first episodes of their bombshell £88million show on December 8.

The show saw Meghan reveal her "jarring" meeting with Princess Kate while Harry took a savage dig at his own father.

The next three episodes saw Harry claim William once "screamed" at him during crunch talks on the Sussexes' future.

And the Duke blamed the media for Meghan's miscarriage.

It comes ahead of Harry's tell-all memoir, 'Spare', which is due out January 10.

King Charles' feelings towards Harry and Meghan may be reflected in his Christmas Message.

The King's speech was recorded on Tuesday December 13, it is understood – ready to be broadcast on Christmas day at 3pm on BBC One.

It means the speech was made after the first three episodes of the Netflix docuseries.

But the final set of episodes – which unleashed scathing attacks on the Royal family – were not available to watch until December 15.

Richard claims this means the King may be positive about Harry and Meghan in the message because it was recorded before the Sussexes "declared war".

Alternatively, Charles could take a firmer stance and address the claims from the first three episodes head-on.

Being addressed on a national stage by his father could go a way to getting the "reconciliation" the couple want.

Royal expert Richard told the Sun: "We understand that Charles recorded the broadcast after the first collection of the Harry & Meghan Netflix docuseries episodes.

"But they had a pretty good idea the second instalment would be extremely unpleasant – which it was.

"As such it is obvious that Charles may even mention what he thinks.

"The King is broadcasting as the Queen used to – as a symbol of national unity.

"A nation which is in an economic crisis and is politically unstable.

"Your own family should offer that unity…. well far from it.

"The timing, even if they themselves didn't choose it, is particularly unkind.

"The Royal Family will be grieving over Christmas."

Royal race row

It came in the midst of a Royal race row, after former lady-in-waiting to the Queen asked charity boss Ngozi Fulani, 61, where she was “really from”.

Lady Susan Hussey later apologised to Ngozi.

It is understood the Duke and Duchess of Sussex feel they are the ­victims of “double standards” for not getting an apology themselves.

Insiders claim the royals are “baffled” that the pair want to meet to address their “issues” – as revealed by The Sun on Sunday – so soon after releasing their bruising docu-series.

The Palace has no plans to give Harry and Meghan an audience, with one source insisting: “Who’s apologising to whom?”

Cost-of-living crisis

The ongoing cost-of-living crisis means Charles' Christmas message to Britain will reflect the struggles Brits face.

Richard explained: "It is a turbulent time.

"The royals seem to mimic – in a strange sort of way – the rest of the country."

The Monarch's Christmas message acts to "unify and inspire" Brits throughout tough times.

Struggles faced by his subjects will no doubt affect King Charles as he enters the Christmas period with his loved ones.

Mike Tindall I'm A Celebrity appearance

Mike Tindall appeared on this year's I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here.

His appearance ruffled feathers in the palace, with royal experts claiming his candid conversations with other celebs "betrayed" his tight-lipped relatives.

Royal expert Angela Levin said Mike will have left Prince William and Princess Kate "very upset and very sad" after their relative "embarrassed" himself on the show.

The former rugby ace, 44, revealed he "ripped his trousers" in front of the King's sister Princess Anne at wife Zara's 30th birthday.

And he won fans over with his unexpected rapping skills.

But Angela blasted: "What's persuaded him? Is it because he's bored and wants to have some fun? Is it because he's desperate to earn more money?

"I think it brings the royal family into disrepute.

"I don't think it's the right thing to say that when he and Zara met they both discovered they like to get smashed.

"I don't think that's anybody's business, I don't think anybody should know.

"It was quite embarrassing to do rapping – I don't think that suited him. Why is he there for goodness sake.

"I think that demeans not just his wife, but his mother in law Princess Anne – and other members of the royal family. It's not just a joke."

A pal later claimed Mike appeared on the show because he needs the money.

Sports presenter Alex Payne said that the ex-England rugby captain’s public speaking work had dried up during the pandemic.

Alex, 42, told The Sun, that Mike was not as well off as people would think.

He said: “It’s not like he’s sitting there in a pile of money.

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“He’s a guy who’s in the public eye and that’s where he earns his money.”

Alex presents The Good, The Bad & The Rugby podcast with Mike and James Haskell, 37.

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