Prince Harry has announced he will be releasing a new book next year that will be an “accurate and wholly truthful” account of his life.
The memoir, published by Penguin Random House, will cover his lifetime in the public eye, including his time in the military, marriage and fatherhood.
Harry said: “I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become.
“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.”
The Duke of Sussex’s announcement led to a discussion on the Good Morning Britain panel on Tuesday, with an expert suggesting the Royal Family will be “extremely concerned” about how far Harry is prepared to go.
Prince Harry book will leave Royal Family ‘extremely concerned’, says expert
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Speaking to Duncan Larcombe, former royal editor and author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story, host Ben Shephard pointed out there will be a “huge swathe” of people interested in what he went through growing up and in the army.
He said: “There’s a huge part of his story that people will be keen to know about, as a child growing up, going to school, being in the army, the hugely important role he played in the army that we’re all really proud of him for doing.
“Where he certainly, like much of our armed forces, could be considered a hero.
“There’s a huge swathe of the country that would love to understand more about what he went through and what that taught him about who he is now, but it sounds like the palace was really surprised by this news, that he was going to write this memoir.”
“That certainly seems to be the case this morning,” Duncan replied. “I mean I don’t think we’d be overly surprised to hear that perhaps the palace weren’t kept informed of this.
“This is the kind of thing, make no mistake, that the royals would be dreading happening. A senior member of the Royal Family telling their story in their own words. Wow, I think that’s almost unprecedented.”
The memoir was discussed on Good Morning Britain
He added: “We’ve never had a book penned by a royal about the royals and it raises an overwhelming number of questions.
“But Prince Harry has got a story to tell and he’s a human being so why shouldn’t he tell his story? It will make a fascinating read.”
Susanna then suggested the book could be enormously damaging for Prince Harry’s relationship with the Royal Family if it’s anything like the explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year.
“Well that’s right,” Duncan said. “A book really gets to the heart of it, potentially.”
Duncan then question whether Harry would give his own family the right of reply.
He continued: “Harry has complained for many years about not being able to have his say, well is he going to afford that luxury to his own family?
“And how critical is he going to be of Prince Charles, his own father, right in the year where the Queen will celebrate her Jubilee, but essentially that process of Prince Charles becoming more regal, moving into the steps to fill his mother’s shoes one day.
“This is something the royals need like a hole in the head at the moment and I think they will be extremely concerned about how far Harry is actually prepared to go.”
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