King Charles could "cure cancer tomorrow" but it would only "hold the news cycle" until Harry and Meghan made another revelation, a royal expert has claimed.
Daniela Elser believes the monarch "is destined to come second, if not third, to Harry and his brother Prince William."
The remarks come as the Sussexes are set to make another bombshell TV appearance with their docu-series on Netflix.
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It follows their explosive interview with Oprah, where they made a series of allegations against The Firm.
During the tell-all, Harry and Meghan made accusations of racism and spoke about feeling trapped by the institution.
Writing about King Charles in her column for News AU, Elser said: "Right now should be his time to shine as a leader or at least as much of a leader as he can be now that, as sovereign, he is much more constrained in what he can say and do.
"In a 2018 documentary, he promised that he would not 'meddle' as king, saying 'I’m not that stupid.'
"And yet…much of this is being obscured by the commercial derring-do of his younger son and the ongoing trans-Atlantic family ructions.
"If Charles cured cancer tomorrow or managed to negotiate lasting peace in the Middle East, I feel like it would only hold the news cycle until Harry or his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, popped their heads above the parapet and decided to air some fresh grievance about the royal family or to take another potshot at the Palace."
Harry and Meghan are set to release their Netflix show about their lives in the US in December.
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Elser added: "Which is to say, The Only Way is Sussex will be a doozy of a first and will generate a hurricane of coverage and noise in the media and on social media. Ditto Harry’s autobiography. It’s unclear which might come out first.
"How can septuagenarian Charles even begin to compete with the attendant social media and press hullabaloo?
"To be an effective, impactful sovereign, for his reign to mean something, he needs people to pay him attention, something he may well only find harder and harder and with the rift between the Sussexes’ and London looking increasingly intractable.
"Charles banging on about carbon emissions is hardly as interesting as Harry or Meghan offering up some fresh misery about their time inside the royal cage."
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