King Charles should be 'very worried' about 'hand grenade' in Prince Harry’s new book

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King Charles should be “very worried” about Prince Harry’s upcoming autobiography, says one royal expert who claimed the book will be “like a hand grenade lobbed right onto” Buckingham Palace. Prince Harry’s memoir has been looming since the Duke announced the Penguin House publication, promising fans it will be “a firsthand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful”. It was thought the book would be released in November ahead of Christmas, but this may have been delayed following Queen Elizabeth II’s death on September 8. 

Writing for news.com.au, Daniela Elser, a royal commentator, said the new book could cause “damage” to the new monarch and Camilla, Queen Consort, as it offers a first-hand account of the Prince’s life. 

Ms Elser wrote: “King Charles should be very, very worried about Prince Harry’s new book. The duke has a literal lifetime of revelations, dirt and secrets to draw on, not to mention the Viking-sized battle axe he has to grind with his family.

“This book could well end up being the equivalent of the Gunpowder Plot 2.0. If Harry’s book lobs a fresh round of a stinging accusations, for example, of rotten parenting, general neglect or poor treatment by his father and/or the Palace machine, then it will be a serious body blow to the new Carolean age (as the reign of a monarch named Charles is technically known as).

“What the 72-year-old can’t afford is to waste precious months or years trying to put out PR fires and having to figure out how to countermand another relative busily telling the world what a dismal human being he is.”

One royal insider told The Daily Beast that one chapter of the book in particular “could spell big trouble” for King Charles.

The book is expected to offer fans an insight into Prince Harry’s life throughout the years, including early years when he experienced the breakdown of his father and late mother’s marriage and the tragic death of Princess Diana. 

There have been some reports that suggest the prince will touch on his father’s affair with Camilla, which was said to have impacted Harry’s relationship with Charles.

The Daily Beast reported that “the prospect of a full-blooded assault on the monarchy by Harry” is triggering “alarm” among royal insiders.

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The Times’ royal editor Valentine Low, and author of the recent bombshell Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind The Crown, told royal correspondent Tom Sykes “that he had knowledge of a meeting between Harry and a private individual (not a Palace staffer) while Harry was in London. The person gently suggested to Harry he might go easy on his family in the book.”

Meanwhile, a publishing source told Page Six in July that the book is “juicy” with another saying, “There is some content in there that should make his family nervous.”

With the new series of The Crown looming, as well as Harry’s highly-anticipated book, King Charles may suffer a wave of “bad press” according to some. 

There have been calls for The Crown to delay the release of the new series, which delves into the King’s marriage with Diana, but Netflix are pushing ahead with the original release date.

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Tina Brown, author of seminal The Diana Chronicles and more recently The Palace Papers, recently suggested the possibility that the book might never be released.

“[The Sussexes] are now in this bind, where they’ve taken all this money and Harry has made this book deal where he’s supposed to spill everything about his horrible life as a royal, but now he’s actually tortured about it because he understands there is no way back if he does it,” she said during an appearance at a UK literary festival earlier this month.

“I always thought at some point a deal would be made and Charles would have to pay back the advance to stop Harry from writing this book.”

The book could contain more explosive claims following Harry and Meghan’s departure from the Firm in March 2020. 



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