UK has 'responsibility' to protect Prince Harry says expert
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The Duke of Sussex’s memoir has been tipped for release by the autumn just in time for the lucrative Christmas market. It was reported in July the finishing touches were being put to the book, which Harry promised would be an “accurate and wholly truthful” account of his life.
However, the work has proven to be controversial in spite of the fact it has not hit the shelves yet.
GB News presenter Dan Wootton, in a MailOnline op-ed, commented: “The fury, outrage and disgust at the highest levels of the monarchy over Prince Harry’s decision to press ahead with the publication of his upcoming autobiography, even as the 96-year-old Queen’s health suffers, is only growing.”
He went on to claim the book is viewed as likely to be the final straw in his relations with Prince William, who Mr Wootton said has still not forgiven Harry and his wife Meghan Markle for the interview the couple gave Oprah Winfrey.
During the interview, Meghan and Harry made a series of explosive revelations which shook the House of Windsor.
The Duchess of Sussex revealed she had contemplated suicide at one stage while the couple also implied one member of the Royal Family was racist.
Mr Wootton wrote: “For Prince Charles, who has tried to remain magnanimous in the face of stinging public criticism from his youngest son during that discredited TV special, the book has been responsible for months of torment.”
He claimed Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall – Sussex allies within the Royal Family – are said to have been critical of Harry and Meghan’s reportedly stand-offish attitude on their visit in June for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The presenter also claimed US interest in the Sussexes is waning as they grow “ever more distant” from the Royal Family.
Mr Wootton commented: “Of course, it’s tragic relations have sunk to this level, but it was always inevitable – given Harry and Meghan are on the warpath – to hell with the wider consequences to the Royal Family.”
Harry and Meghan return to the UK next month with the Duke and Duchess “delighted” to visit the Prince’s home country and to work with charities close to their hearts”, a spokesperson for the couple has said.
The couple are due to visit Manchester for The One Young World Manchester Summit before travelling to Germany to attend the Invictus Games Düsseldorf One Year To Go ceremony.
They will then return to the UK for the WellChild Awards 2022 in London.
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It will be their first trip to Britain since the Platinum Jubilee and falls ahead of the memoir’s anticipated publication.
One royal commentator has argued the book is an opportunity for the Sussexes to “press the reset button” in an apparent feud with the House of Windsor.
Tom Sykes, The Daily Beast’s royal correspondent, discussed the memoir with Royally US podcast hosts Christine Ross and Christina Garibaldi.
He said: “I really wonder whether this kind of narrative that has gained a bit of ground — that it’s going to be all about sticking machetes in the backs of the royals and doing one over on his father — I just really doubt that is going to be the case.
“I think that in the Oprah interview they kind of did that, and the Apple documentary they kind of did that.”
Mr Sykes added: “This book is the opportunity for them to turn the page on the looking bitter and angry in the Oprah interview, which I do feel they ultimately did not come out brilliantly.
“They didn’t land a killer punch on the royals.
“Harry, in particular, came across as a bit of a whinger in that interview and I think that the book is a really important and valuable opportunity to press the reset button.”
The Sussexes’ were interviewed by Oprah in March 2021, a year after they left the Firm for a life in the US.
Harry and Meghan discussed their time as working royals and opened up about their struggles. They cited their reason for leaving the Royal Family as a “lack of support and lack of understanding”.
The announcement about the memoir came later that year, leading some to speculate it would be a sequel to the bombshell interview. Harry said in a statement at the time: “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.”
He continued: “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.”
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