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Prince punch at unkind subjects

London, Feb. 27: Prince Charles has apparently accused the British public of not showing him very much compassion over his attempt to rebuild his personal life with Camilla Parker Bowles.

Charles's personal views are contained in a forthcoming book, A Soul on Ice, by BBC foreign correspondent Gavin Hewitt.

Pressed by Hewitt to discuss his relationship with Camilla, Charles initially refused to do so but then snapped angrily: 'I thought the British people were supposed to be compassionate. I don't see much of it.'

Charles even accused the public of 'torturing' him over his affair with Camilla.

According to the Mail on Sunday, which is serialising Hewitt's book on his life as a BBC reporter, Charles's outburst is 'extraordinary'.

'The Prince of Wales's bombshell remarks are bound to fuel concern at the public's growing disenchantment with the Monarchy and, in particular, with his suitability to become King,' adds the paper.

It did not reveal how much Hewitt has been paid but unless the figure is between '50,000 and '100,000, the author has done badly.

'I don't see any reason why I should define my private life,' Charles told Hewitt.

Charles also added: 'All my life, people have been telling me what to do. I'm tired of it. My private life has become an industry. People are making money out of it. I just want some peace.'

The paper comments: 'Charles's popularity shows a sharp decline in the two weeks since his plans to marry his long-term mistress were announced.'

The comments attributed to Charles have not been made since the announcement of his engagement. In fact, they were made in Sofia, Bulgaria, way back in 1998, but the Mail on Sunday is understandably trying to get the maximum publicity from riding the anti-Charles bandwagon.

A spokeswoman for Charles declined to discuss the revelations in the book. 'We never comment on private conversations the Prince of Wales may or may not have had,' she said.

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