Memoir by ex-Buckingham Palace press secretary to air royal family’s gossip

Britain's Princess Diana (center) and Prince Charles (right) are seen in 1992. An upcoming memoir by a former palace spokesman reportedly has Charles 'furious.'CHOO YOUN-KONG/AFP/Getty Images Britain’s Princess Diana (center) and Prince Charles (right) are seen in 1992. An upcoming memoir by a former palace spokesman reportedly has Charles ‘furious.’

Britain’s Prince Charles is reportedly “furious” over the upcoming publication of the memoirs of a former Buckingham Palace press secretary, a tome that threatens to air the royal family’s dirty laundry.

In “On Duty With The Queen,” Dickie Arbiter is expected to dish secrets about the prince’s ugly divorce from Princess Diana and his affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles, according to a report in British newspaper The Mirror.

Arbiter, who was Queen Elizabeth’s royal spokesman for 12 years, promises “a candid look behind the scenes of the most sensational and salacious royal stories.”

The potentially embarrassing tell-all is set for release in October. But Charles and his lawyers have been trying to get the book killed, royal sources told The Mirror.

“Charles is furious,” a palace source told the paper. “This man was a trusted friend.”

During his tenure at Buckingham Palace, Arbiter became Charles’ confidant, trusted with the prince’s deepest secrets.

Arbiter stood by Charles during his breakup with Diana and her 1997 death in a Paris car crash.

He was also privy to palace secrets involving Diana’s relationship with Dodi Fayed, and knows the humiliation Diana endured over Charles’ affair with Parker-Bowles, who has since become the prince’s wife.

The book is also expected to dish dirt on the breakups of two other royal marriages.

Dickie Arbiter was Queen Elizabeth’s royal spokesman for 12 years and is spilling all his secrets in a new book.

Dickie Arbiter was Queen Elizabeth’s royal spokesman for 12 years and is spilling all his secrets in a new book.

Enlarge Charles, seen with Diana in 1995, is reportedly upset that his trusted confidant would cash in on his deepest secrets, sources say. ANDREW WONG/REUTERS

Charles, seen with Diana in 1995, is reportedly upset that his trusted confidant would cash in on his deepest secrets, sources say.

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“It is just a case of a man who he (Charles) thought was a friend and who could be trusted, cashing in on the misery of that time. It is disloyal,” the palace source told The Mirror.

“He is raking over the breakdown of the marriage, and the prince has been asking aides: ‘Why do we have to go through this all again?’ ”

Arbiter, 73, who receives a hefty royal pension, has previously slammed other tell-alls about the Royal Family, saying, “Everyone who writes a book is just cashing in.” Blink Publishing gave Arbiter an advance exceeding $ 400,000 to write the book, the Mirror reported.

Arbiter admitted he signed a confidentiality agreement while working for the queen from 1988 to 2000, but claimed he isn’t doing anything wrong by writing the book.

UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, MAGS OUTNEIL MUNNS/AP Arbiter was privy to palace matters during Charles’ breakup with Diana and her 1997 death in a Paris car crash.

“This is not just a memoir of an intense dozen years but is a story of a life, my life — and it’s been quite an extraordinary one,” Arbiter said.

“I left a note at the palace telling them I was doing it,” he said. “I am not breaching anything.”

The book is also expected to spill the queen’s private opinions on British prime ministers and other world leaders.

“Dickie was there a long time, and all the major events involving the royals that took place while he was there will be covered,” a source close to Arbiter told The Mirror.

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