Senior royals are said to be “despairing” about what exactly will be in Prince Harry’s memoirs, that are due to be released next year.
The Duke of Sussex announced this week that his literary memoir will be an “accurate and wholly truthful” account of his life.
It will cover his lifetime in the public eye, including his time in the military, marriage and fatherhood.
But senior members of the family were reportedly only told about the memoirs shortly before Harry’s publisher, Penguin Random House, announced the deal on Monday, and behind-the-scenes assurances about its content are likely to be sought by royal aides.
Royal author Penny Junor said: “The family must be despairing, this is a man who they all love and he seems to be doing his best to embarrass and damage his family.
“I think it’s a bit early to be writing a proper memoir, I imagine it is self justification and it’s exploring himself, and finding himself, but it’s going to be, I suspect, at other people’s expense.”
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Presenter Piers Morgan has also called on Harry and wife Meghan Markle to be stripped of their royal titles following news of the tell-all book.
Harry said his book will be written “not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become”.
He added: “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.
“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 first hand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”
Home-life during the break-up of the Prince and Princess of Wales’ marriage, the period of Diana’s death and its aftermath, Harry’s relationship with Camilla and past girlfriends are likely to form part of the book.
Harry has been collaborating with a ghost writer, journalist J R Moehringer, on the memoirs, which have yet to have a title.
The duke has reportedly been working on a first draft for a year and the book could be published at the end of 2022, coinciding with the Queen’s platinum jubilee.
Harry will be donating the proceeds of the book to charity, it is said.
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