'Not a relaxing Christmas': Harry's tell-all memoir to overshadow Firm's Christmas period

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The release of Prince Harry’s long-awaited memoir in the new year will hardly make for a “relaxing family Christmas”, a source has claimed, as conflicting reports of a festive return to the UK circulate. Last week, the Duke of Sussex and the memoir’s publisher, Penguin Random House, confirmed the highly anticipated book will hit the global shelves on January 10, 2023.

Launching a brand-new website, it was revealed that the likely explosive, first-hand account would be entitled “Spare”.

The title is understood to be a reference to Prince Harry’s position in the line of succession after his elder brother, Prince William.

This is later than the original publication date, which was “tentatively” scheduled for late 2022.

But since the date of its release into the public domain has been clarified, speculation has surrounded whether the Duke of Sussex, 38, will return to the UK ahead of his “unflinching” account going public.

Sources told The Mirror last week that relations between the Sussexes and the Firm were “near rock bottom”, and there were “no plan” for the Duke and Duchess to return from across the pond for the festive season.

One source told the publication: “This book could spell the end for any relationship Harry wants to have with his family, it’s desperately sad.

“Everyone is bracing themselves for yet another fraught and frantic period at the mercy of the Sussexes.”

A further unnamed source then told the Mail on Sunday: “Put it this way, it’s not going to make for a relaxing family Christmas.”

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But royal biographer Angela Levin claimed over the weekend the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had “turned down” an invite from the royal household to spend Christmas at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

She told Sky News Australia: “If the book is coming out January 10, he’s going to come before Christmas, isn’t he?

“And that would really spoil everybody’s Christmas in the family.

“He’s just turned down the invitation to go to Sandringham – King Charles very much wanted the family to go to Sandringham cause that’s where the Queen liked the family to go.

“And they will be thinking about her and telling funny stories about her and respecting her.

“He turned that down but he’ll go around promoting the book.”



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