February 16, 2022

Prince Harry’s forthcoming memoir could “shake the monarchy to the core”

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He may have moved to Los Angeles and stepped away from his royal duties, but Prince Harry is still making headlines in the British Press.

Last year, it was announced that Penguin Random House bought global rights to a literary memoir from Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, which is rumoured to be publishing this autumn in the run-up to Christmas. According to an official statement, as reported by The Bookseller, in the book:

“Prince Harry will share, for the very first time, the definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons that have helped shape him. Covering his lifetime in the public eye from childhood to the present day, including his dedication to service, the military duty that twice took him to the frontlines of Afghanistan, and the joy he has found in being a husband and father, Prince Harry will offer an honest and captivating personal portrait, one that shows readers that behind everything they think they know lies an inspiring, courageous, and uplifting human story.”

Prince Harry, who is working with ghostwriter J. R. Moehringer on the book, said in statement:

“I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become. I’ve worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and my hope is that in telling my story—the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned—I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think. I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I’ve learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a firsthand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”

That truth, according to a friend of Harry’s who spoke to the Mirror this week, will apparently “shake the monarchy to the core,” claiming Harry will reveal his true feelings about his stepmother, The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles. This comes as the Queen released a statement ahead of her forthcoming Jubilee, which marks her  70 years on the throne, announcing that when Prince Charles takes the throne, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort. Jack Royston, royal correspondent for Newsweek and cohost of The Royal Report podcast, told i that he believes that, after past tensions, “time heals all wounds” and he believes the Queen and Camilla now get along. He said:

“I think probably a lot of things have the issue in perspective for the Royals. I think there has been a bit of a kind of coming together in the wake of Harry and Megan, and the Oprah interview. I think that the rest of the Royal Family have all kind of rallied around each other a little bit.”

It seems Harry’s relationship with Camilla may not have weathered as well. The friend of Harry’s told the Mirror:

“Although tensions have eased between the two of them over the years, it was more for a show of unity than a close relationship.

 “Just wait for the book to come out because that will shake the monarchy to the core.
“There were big problems at the start but as Harry and his brother William aged and matured, things got better and they can now co-exist as adults.

“They were never close with her and they still aren’t… it will be a really intimate take on his feelings about his family and what has gone in the breakdown of the relationship…

“If they think that he’s gone soft, then they are mistaken.”

The Mail on Sunday’s Kate Mansey said: “There have been reports that the Palace want to see it before it is published but I can’t imagine any US publisher wanting to show them it beforehand.”

With the UK looking to celebrate the Queen’s jubilee with an extra long bank holiday weekend from 2nd-5th June, the popularity of the Queen still reigns high at 76% according to a recent YouGov poll.  Harry’s popularity has waned in recent years, standing at only 39%. Undoubtably though, there will be many readers for this royal memoir, whatever truths it may have to share.

 

Nikki Griffiths is the managing director of Melville House UK.

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