Prince Harry’s royal memoir going to be ‘bigger than Sarah Ferguson’s’

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The Duchess of York, 61, who made waves this week with the release of her first novel, is set to have her time in the Royal Family once again placed under the microscope in a new showing of a documentary. Her life, including the failed marriage to the Queen’s second son, Prince Andrew, will be examined in Channels 5’s ‘When Fergie Met the Monarchy’. The release of her new book ‘Her Heart for a Compass’, published by Mills & Boon, comes hot on the heels of Harry’s own literary venture.

The Duke of Sussex, 36, surprised the Royal Family with his announcement last month that he would publish an “intimate and heartfelt” memoir late next year.

Harry has so far been guarded about the book’s content, but it is widely expected to reveal a fresh account of he and his wife Meghan Markle’s dramatic exit from the Royal Family last year – an event often dubbed Megxit.

According to historian, Dr Edward Owens, the Duke’s book could be even more explosive than Sarah’s own memoir, ‘My Story’, which was released as her divorce with Andrew was finalised. 

Fergie’s memoir effectively ended her relationship with Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, after saying she got a verruca from a pair of shoes she borrowed from the Princess of Wales.

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When Diana died in a car crash in Paris in 1997 it was reported the pair had not spoken in the year since the release of Fergie’s autobiography.

Dr Owens, a former lecturer at the University of Lincoln and author of ‘The Family Firm’, told that Harry’s memoir is set to be a financial success

“He knows it’s going to sell, this going to be much bigger than Fergie’s.

“Harry’s trodden a very careful path thus far, I think the memoir is kind of to set the record straight or at least present his own interpretation of events leading up to and since Megxit.”

Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, left the Royal Family amid a rift between them and other members of the Firm.

Earlier this year the couple opened up about their relations with some royals during their bombshell two-hour interview with talk show host Oprah Winfrey broadcast on CBS.

During the couple’s tell-all chat with the US star, Harry said he and his brother Prince William were on “different paths”, and claimed his father, Prince Charles had “cut him off” financially.

Dr Owens said he thought Harry may use the memoir to delve deeper into his soured relationships with William and Charles.

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He said: “There’s got to be some sort of explosive details in there, he wants to sell a book.

“There might be a bit more information about his relationship with his brother, so far it’s been left for royal commentators and journalists to narrate the family feud between William and Harry.

“They haven’t said a great deal about it publicly, so I imagine we will get more information about the relationship with his brother, probably the relationship with his father.

“And possibly the relationship with other members of the royal family and the courts, because Harry and Meghan feel that they were unfairly treated whilst they were working members of the House of Windsor.

“So we might get a fuller picture of how they felt and why they did what they did in terms of Megxit.”

‘When Fergie Met the Monarchy’ will be shown on Channel 5 at 8pm on Saturday.
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