By Melissa Willets/Sept. 11, 2021 3:18 pm EDT
Who wouldn’t want to know every intimate detail of Prince Harry’s life, especially given the rift between the royal and his family over the past years? Well, good news for admirers of the Brit who is sixth in line for the throne, because Harry is set to release a memoir in 2022 (via Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire).
Of course, just because we’re curious does not mean the tome will be well-received across the pond, with “True Royalty TV” founder Nick Bullen saying, “I think here in Britain, the announcement of this book has undoubtedly sent shockwaves around the place, both at the highest levels of society and just with the average amount on the streets. I think it was a couple of [interviews], the first was surely enough, surely the other interview was enough. Let’s draw a line under it … [and] let’s try and start rebuilding from there.”
But perhaps the royal family needn’t be so concerned about what will be revealed in the forthcoming memoir of Princess Diana’s younger son.
One royal expert says the book will not be a tell-all
Royal expert Omid Scobie addressed the contents of Prince Harry’s memoir during a recent episode of the “Royally Obsessed” podcast (via Yahoo!). “I have a connection to Prince Harry’s ghostwriter [J.R. Moehringer] through a friend of a friend of a friend and the one thing that he said to me is that [J.R.] will ask every single question you are thinking,” the author of the much-buzzed-about biography, “Finding Freedom: Harry & Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family.” He added, “Whether that means that makes it into the book itself, who knows?”
Scobie importantly continued, “I think Harry’s probably going to be very careful that it’s filtered and done very respectfully. One of the first things this source said to me when [the book] was announced is [to not] expect fireworks and drama because, ultimately, this is [Prince Harry’s] story. And there’s so much more to [Harry’s] story than the past couple of years.”
Meanwhile, when the book deal with Random House was announced in July, the publisher said about the project, “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” (via USA Today).
Notably, the release went on to share the book would cover Harry’s “childhood to the present day.”
Another royal expert says all family members are fair game
For his part, Harry said about the book, “I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become” (via USA Today).
No matter the carefully-crafted press around the book, royal editor of “The Mirror” Russell Myers said during the “Pod Save the Queen” podcast in August, “Nobody is going to come off unscathed here. Maybe this is some sort of therapy for Harry where he can unburden himself, but nobody in the royal family is going to come off unscathed. And that’s why there is going to be such a degree of nervousness about this book” (via Express).
Myers went on to wonder, “On the one hand you could say he is being true to himself, he is using it as a form of therapy, doing it for charity. On the other hand, is it potentially trashing your family?”
But Scobie countered that notion this week, saying, “We have seen that the couple are very good at distinguishing the difference between the family and the institution, so I do think that Harry will talk about issues within the institution and it may bring other issues to light—things that perhaps even pre-date Meghan [Markle]” (via Yahoo!).
Scobie also noted, “There’s so much about his life as the spare that we really don’t know. I think biographies that have existed in the past have only really scratched the surface on that. He’s the only one who has those stories to tell.”
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