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Prince Harry will leave ‘nobody in Royal Family unscathed’ with tell-all memoir

Prince Harry memoir will 'come at a hefty price' says expert

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Harry continued his media and publicity drive this week after revealing he was writing a memoir. Set to be published in 2022 – the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – he said the book would be penned, “not as the prince I was born, but as the man I have become”. Its exact contents are as of yet unclear.

But, it is thought that he will cover his childhood in the public eye, his military duty in Afghanistan and his journey to becoming a husband to Meghan Markle and father to Archie and Lilibet.

Some royal commentators have suggested special attention will be paid to his mother, Princess Diana’s death.

Russell Myers, the Daily Mirror’s royal editor, claimed that no member of the Firm will come out from the book “unscathed”.

He said that while Harry may address his own misgivings and failures, he will undoubtedly cast further shame on his family given the contents of his recent broadcast interviews.

Speaking to the podcast, ‘Pod Save the Queen’, hosted by Anne Gripper, he said: “Maybe this is the opportunity for him to have some contrition in his actions.

“If that is the case, I imagine that he will be largely applauded for those efforts.

“However, nobody’s going to come off unscathed here.

“Maybe this is some sort of therapy for Harry, he feels he can unburden himself.

“But nobody in the Royal Family is going to come off unscathed and I think that will tell you why there is such a degree of nervousness about this book.”

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He went on to note how Meghan and Harry, on leaving the family last year, promised to “uphold the values of Her Majesty the Queen”.

Mr Myers continued: “So, is this in keeping with upholding the values?

“On the one hand you could say he’s being true to himself and using it as a form of therapy, he’s doing it for charity, it’s altruistic.

“But, on the other hand, is trashing your family… maybe this won’t happen, but this is what is currently happening.”

The deal for his memoirs agreed with Penguin Random House is thought to be worth £14million.

Penguin described the book as “intimate and heartfelt”.

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They continued: “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.”

Harry said he was “deeply grateful” for getting the chance to tell his story.

He added that he was “excited for people to read a firsthand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”

If his broadcast interviews are anything to go by, the book promises to be full of claims and revelations.

The most controversial appearance came when he and Meghan sat down with US talk show host and close friend Oprah Winfrey.

Here, they aimed several allegations at the Royal Family, including racism and failure to help Meghan’s struggles with mental health.

Then, not a week after Prince Philip’s funeral, Harry spoke on the podcast, ‘Armchair Expert’, where he claimed that Charles’ upbringing by the Queen and Philip had negatively tainted his own childhood, describing what had been passed on to him as “genetic pain and suffering”.

Later that week, he appeared in the first episode of his and Ms Winfrey’s new series, ‘The Me You Can’t See’, confessing his battle with mental health and being in a constant “fight or flight” mode because of royal life.

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