Prince William ‘doesn’t want to keep stiff upper lip’ says Levin
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Prince Harry will publish his memoirs next year as the Duke of Sussex agreed a reported £15 million deal with his publishers. The 36-year-old is believed to have been secretly working on his book for nearly a year with the help of a ghost writer. He has sold it to Penguin Random House, promising that the book will be an “accurate and wholly truthful” account of his life.
His father Prince Charles and brother Prince William are reportedly “shaken up” and “nervous” about the memoirs as tension within the Royal Family persists.
A source told Us Weekly: “The Royal Family is shaken up about the book.
“They haven’t received a copy yet and don’t know what to expect. It’s making them nervous.”
William and Harry have been at odds for years as the Sussexes departure from royal duties and subsequent allegations about life in the Firm lays bare the rift in the family.
And in January 2020, William turned down an invitation to a gathering as he fumed at his brother, reports claimed.
The Queen suggested that the family meet up, but Robert Lacey outlined in his book ‘Battle of Brothers’ that William’s “anger” meant he rejected the idea.
Mr Lacey wrote: “It was a pity that William was now so angry that he was not speaking to him any more. It was as if Harry had become un-brothered.
“The Queen had suggested the family should gather for lunch before their big pow-wow in the library that afternoon, but (William) refused his grandmother’s invitation.
“He would obviously turn up at 2pm for the meeting, he said, but he only wanted to talk business.
“The Prince himself has not confirmed his friends’ speculation that he was so furious with his younger brother that he would not be able to endure the hypocrisy of smiling at him over lunch.”
William and other royals were also said to be uncomfortable with Harry and Meghan Markle’s Netflix deal.
The Sussexes struck a deal with Netflix after they quit their royal duties and moved to California last year.
As part of their deal with the streaming giant, the couple planned to make documentaries, docu-series, feature films, scripted shows and children’s programming.
A TV insider told The Sun last year that this was inspired partly by the portrayal of the Royal Family in ‘The Crown’.
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They said: “William and other senior royals are incredibly uncomfortable about this drama and livid Harry is now in partnership with the company that’s airing it.
“It’s the latest in a long line of flash-points between the brothers, but there are few more sensitive subjects than the plight of their mother.
“Viewers of The Crown — which is a candid look at the Queen’s reign — wouldn’t expect the writers to ignore something which is now a matter of public record.”
They added: “But the Royal Family also wouldn’t expect one of their own to take money made by the profits of shows like this.”
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