‘Can only be bombshells!’ Prince Harry’s book is bound to ‘rub Charles the wrong way’

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Prince Harry’s book is reportedly due for release early next year, with some industry executives claiming a date has been set. When the Duke of Sussex first announced his multi-million-pound book deal in the summer of last year, it was scheduled to be released in late 2022. However, now, the long-awaited memoir from the 38-year-old will be released on January 10, 2023, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.

Given Harry and Meghan Markle’s shock exit from the Royal Family a year earlier and their subsequent candour in explosive media interviews, the book was expected to be laden with barbs towards the Firm. However, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, it was widely speculated that the Prince was rushing to edit his book, cutting back on any references to members of his family. 

According to a report in The Times last week, the Duke of Sussex had gotten cold feet about the memoir’s content at certain points. While the book has been shrouded in mystery, it is believed that Harry’s experiences as a royal and his relationship with his family. 

But, while some have claimed the Prince will decrease, or completely remove, any attacks on the Royal Family, a royal author has argued that the memoir will still be full of “bombshells”. 

Christopher Anderson, whose book ‘The King: The Life of Charles III’ will be released in November, acted as a guest co-host on this week’s episode of the Royally Us podcast. Mr Anderson and royal commentator Christina Garibaldi discussed what might come next for the Sussexes and the UK-based royals. 

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The Duchess was called out for her controversial comments, and two months later, in her most recent interview, she took a different approach. Comparing the Duchess’ interviews, one published a month before the Queen’s death and one published a month after, her comments regarding the royals and the institution had a complete change in tone.  

In her interview with Variety magazine, Meghan described the warm relationship she had with the late monarch, saying: “I feel deep gratitude to have been able to spend time with her and get to know her.” 

Later, speaking about the monarchy, she said: “As complex as any organisation might be, there is always something in it that I think is positive. It’s important to focus on that. Some industries are very different, and yet, business models for a lot of things — they have a bottom line. That bottom line needs to be held, I suppose.” 

Some royal commentators have described this as a “direct turnaround,” noting the contrast between her comments in Variety and in The Cut. Co-host of the Royally Obsessed podcast, Rachel Bowie, said last week that Meghan was positive about her royal life instead of “rehashing old issues”.

She said: “It is kind of a direct turnaround from The Cut when she said: ‘I never signed anything, I can say whatever I want’. Now she is saying there is always something that is positive, almost coming to terms with what happened. I think a lot of the criticism was that she was really dragging and rehashing old issues in every interview and it felt like: here we are again talking about how everything went wrong.”

It remains unclear what exactly the Sussexes’ upcoming projects will explore; Harry’s memoir is set to be a “wholly truthful” account of his life so far and the couple’s docuseries with Netflix will possibly delve into their “love story”. 

And while Mr Anderson believes the projects have the potential to rub the royals “the wrong way”, royal commentator Daniela Elser has argued Harry’s book might be a “damp squib”. 

Writing for Australian outlet news.com.au, Ms Elser questioned: “Could the timing of Harry’s book coming out be a ploy to ensure that it gets to number one on the bestseller lists given the possible lack of competition? Could it be that the finished manuscript is far less explosive than anyone might have thought?” 

She continued: “One would think if the publisher had a sure-fire, blow-them-out-of-the-water hit on their hands they would be doing everything in their power… to have it on shelves in time for the holidays no?” before adding that there are clues to suggest “Harry’s Big Book of Truth might be a bit of a damp squib”. 

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