Prince Harry memoir: Robert Jobson says it’ll be ‘interesting read’
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Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, will struggle to make peace with the Royal Family until the Duke of Sussex’s “intimate” memoir is out in the air and published next year, one commentator has claimed. In recent days plans for Harry’s tell-all book were announced by publishers and will have put the Firm on edge.
In a statement announcing his book, Harry said: “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 first-hand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”
All the proceeds from Harry’s book sales will go to charity, however, he has faced flack for the project nonetheless.
There are fears the Duke may fire more shots at the institution in which he was raised as he shares details about his upbringing.
Reacting to the announcement of Harry’s memoir, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “Harry’s new memoir written as ‘not the prince I was born but the man I have become’, is due for publication at the end of 2022 which is also the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
“A good deal may, of course, happen before then. However, it is hard to see how anyone in the Royal Family can make meaningful approaches to Harry, with the threat of being included in this memoir hanging over them.
“Harry’s use of the highly successful ghostwriter JR Moehringer, who was involved with Andre Agassi’s controversial memoir Open, is likely to cause very considerable concern at the Palace.”
Mr Fitzwilliams added: “If the memoir contains untruths, it is hard to see how courtiers can effectively hit back.”
Touching on some of the reaction plans for Harry’s book have already received Mr Fitzwilliams added: “Should it, another shameless and shameful attempt to cash in on his royal status, be taken seriously?
“The prospect has been universally condemned by royal commentators, the Evening Standard’s Robert Jobson predicted it would be ‘hugely damaging’ and ’cause mayhem’ among the Royal Family.
“Editor-in-Chief of Majesty Ingrid Seward said: ‘I find it extraordinary that Harry feels the need to do this’.”
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The commentator added: “Biographer Angela Levin asked ‘does he want to destroy his family?” and Piers Morgan’s dismissive response was expected!
“But Biographer and historian Robert Hardman, however, told the Washington Post he thought Harry “doesn’t want to burn bridges and blow up that relationship.”
Harry and Meghan are shooting themselves in the foot by “trading on their royal status” while hoping to make up with the Royal Family, Mr Fitzwilliams claimed.
He argued: “The desperately serious aspect of this is that on the one hand, Harry and Meghan unashamedly trade on their royal status and on the other, assuming there is no reconciliation before the final draft, want to trash it yet again.”
Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey shook the monarchy to its core and MrFitwilliams claimed it more “emotional truth than the truth.”
He said: “Much of their Oprah interview was or appears to be an emotional truth rather than the truth.
“The Palace’s 61-word response was dignified but it was all they could do to toxic allegations which included racism and ignoring mental illness.
“Enormous harm was done, especially among younger people and in the Commonwealth.
“A rapprochement whilst they behave like this and are as unpredictable as they currently are seems impossible.”
There is a “shelf-life” to Harry and Meghan’s attacks on the monarchy, Mr Fitzwilliams claimed.
He added: “The Sussexes have launched several attacks on the Royal Family, but even they will find that there is a shelf-life to this.”
As a question mark hangs over whether or not the Sussexes will return to the UK for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations next year, Mr Fitzwilliams claimed the couple must decide what they want going forward.
He said: “They must also decide what they want relations with the institution to be in the future and what, eventually, they want to achieve in the future themselves, other than using their status as non-working royals for monetary gain.”
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