Harry’s memoir tipped to leave Charles ‘fearful’ on Coronation year

Prince Harry's memoir 'could be final nail in coffin' says Dunlop

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King Charles III will likely “be fearful” of the content of Prince Harry’s memoir, a royal biographer has claimed. Royal commentator Tom Bower, who authored Revenge and Rebel Prince among other titles, believes the Duke of Sussex’s upcoming book could be “damaging” for the new monarch both for the content and the timing of its publication.

Speaking to OK! magazine, Mr Bower said: “I think Charles will be fearful. If the book does contain the criticisms I fear it will, it could be damaging for Charles.

“It’ll challenge him in a way that will be very, very difficult in his Coronation year. ‘How much worse can it get?’ he must think.”

Prince Harry’s memoir, Spare, is due to be released by Penguin Random House on January 10 2023 – three years after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their intention to step back as senior royals and carve out a progressive new role for themselves within the Firm.

Their bombshell statement, shared on their now-inactive Instagram account SussexRoyal, sparked the process, immediately dubbed Megxit, which led them to bow out of the Firm as its full-time working members in the spring of 2020. 

Next year, however, will also see the Coronation of King Charles – the first hosted in Britain since June 1953.

Given the importance of next year’s in the royal calendar, Mr Bower suggested that Harry’s memoir could make it “hard” to see the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend the Coronation if it includes explosive revelations or criticism against the Firm.

He said: “If Harry and Meghan start the year by declaring war and there can’t be a truce in time for the Coronation, I think it’ll be very difficult.

“It’ll leave a bitter taste in everyone’s mouths and I think it’ll be hard to see Harry and Meghan at the Coronation.”  

Last month, Buckingham Palace announced King Charles’s Coronation will take place on May 6.

Much like all the other coronations of English sovereigns over the past 900 years, it will take place at Westminster Abbey.

Upon sharing details about the historic event, the Palace said Queen Camilla will be anointed and crowned by the Archbishop of Canterbury alongside her husband Charles.

While there has been speculation the ceremony will be shorter and will have fewer guests than the Coronation of the Queen seven decades ago, it is not yet known if it will be open to all members of the Royal Family – including non-working royals – or just senior figures closer to the throne.

While Prince Harry’s memoir was first announced in July last year, details about its release, title and book cover were shared only last week.

The decision to call the book Spare, a reference to the Duke’s position as the second son of the King, has been seen by several commentators as a sign he has included in his book revelations he has not publicly discussed in the past.

Royal author Victoria Murphy wrote in a comment piece for Town & Country: “Harry’s very public embrace of it [the word ‘spare’], therefore, can be seen as a symbol that he has once again crossed into territory where the monarchy would not go.

“It signals to us that he will talk about things in a way that once he did not; a precursor that much will be unleashed when the pages of the book are turned.” 

Penguin Random House said the memoir will include “raw, unflinching honesty”, adding: “Spare is a landmark publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.”

The memoir is expected to heavily focus on Harry’s grief in the wake of the untimely death of his mother and how he dealt with it.

The book’s description read: “It was one of the most searing images of the twentieth century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow—and horror.

“As Diana, Princess of Wales, was laid to rest, billions wondered what the princes must be thinking and feeling—and how their lives would play out from that point on. For Harry, this is that story at last.” 

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