Expert compares Prince Harry's book to 'Sword of Damacles'
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According to a royal expert, Prince Harry is unlikely to reveal intimate royal details in his upcoming memoir that would be “hugely damaging” for the Queen. While the Duke of Sussex’s relationship with the rest of the Royal Family remains tense, he enjoys a warm relationship with his grandmother and labelled her his “colonel-in-chief” during his tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.
When asked about the contents of Prince Harry’s memoir, royal expert Mikhaila Friel said: “We do have to remember that Harry has a lot of respect for the Queen, so it’s very unlikely that he would put something in there that would have a hugely damaging effect to the Queen or to the monarchy.
“We have to remember so many other royals have been involved in tell-alls or biographies in some form or another, Princess Diana was involved in her own one, Sarah Ferguson, Prince Charles – so it’s nothing we haven’t really seen before, to be honest.”
Prince Harry’s memoir is due to be published by Penguin Random House in late 2022.
The book release will coincide with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year, which will see the Royal Family embark on a year of festivities and celebratory tours.
In a statement, the Duke of Sussex 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.”
The book is expected to cover his childhood, his career in the military and as a working royal, as well as his new life with Meghan Markle in California.
Penguin Random House said they were “thrilled” to be publishing the memoirs and described the Duke as “one of the most fascinating and influential global figures of our time”.
It has been reported that Prince Harry received an advance of $20million US dollars for the publishing deal.
The book will be ghostwritten by Pulitzer Prize-winning author J. R Moehringer, who has previously profiled Nike founder Phil Knight and tennis star Andre Agassi.
It will be available in digital, print and audio formats, with proceeds from the sales donated to charity.
Prince Harry’s book deal marks the second literary venture for the couple, with Meghan Markle publishing her first children’s book in June.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to withdraw from the Royal Family in 2020, and have since relocated to the US.
During a two-hour exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey, they detailed their difficulties within the Royal Family which included claims the Palace ignored Meghan’s mental health pleas and claims a member of the family made a racist remark about Archie before he was born.
However, Prince Harry stressed that he still enjoyed a close relationship with his grandmother, the Queen.
He told Oprah: “I’ve spoken more to my grandmother in the last year than I have done for many, many years.
“My grandmother and I have a really good relationship. And an understanding. And I have a deep respect for her. She’s my colonel in chief, right? She always will be.”
He also told James Corden that the Queen had sent their son Archie a waffle-maker for Christmas.
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