A royal biographer claimed: "If he respected their opinion, he wouldn't do this book because they wouldn't approve of it."
Prince Harry grew up in a family where every single move made in the public would be well-thought-out, choreographed, and seamlessly orchestrated. But when he decided to write a tell-all autobiograpy about his experiences, he believed he did not need permission from the Queen or anyone else from Buckingham Palace for the $20 million memoir. "I'm writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become," Prince Harry said about the book that will be published next year.
Through the memoir, he will be sharing with the world the "highs and lows" he has endured in life. And it turns out that royal family members were nearly blindsided when they heard about the book not long before its announcement was made to the world.
Prince Harry's spokesperson told BBC that he would not be expected to obtain permission from Buckingham Palace for the writing endeavor in collaboration with a ghostwriter.
According to The Sun, Prince Harry scrambled to tell his family about the memoir just "moments" before the story was made public. A source who spoke to the royal reporter, Jack Royston, said that Prince Harry spoke privately to the family about the book but only "very recently."
In his statement about the memoir, Prince Harry said, as quoted by BBC, "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."
Breaking news! Penguin Random House is honored to announce a forthcoming memoir by Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, to be published globally in late 2022. pic.twitter.com/OhcMODcIQp— Penguin Books UK (@PenguinUKBooks) July 19, 2021
According to Express, Royal biographer Phil Dampier believes the book will worsen the situation within the royal family at a time when there is already rumors of tension between them.
"They will be in despair that Harry - doubtless prompted by Meghan - just won't leave it alone for a while," Dampier said. "It is obvious that when Harry came over for the unveiling of Diana's statue earlier this month, no meaningful progress was made in his relationship with his father or brother. If he respected their opinion, he wouldn't do this book because they wouldn't approve of it."
"Harry wants to present himself as a mature family man who has learnt from his mistakes and become a wise old sage," Dampier claimed. "But I fear many other people will see this as yet another moneymaking exercise at the expense of his blood family."
Experts are also predicting that the book will be "more 'poor me' introspection and more excuses to justify his decision to quit royal life," reported the Daily Mail. They also reportedly claim that this will be "the last thing the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William will want to hear." A source also told Us Weekly that "the royal family is shaken up about the book" and are "particularly concerned about what Harry will reveal." "They haven’t received a copy yet and don’t know what to expect," the insider added. "It’s making them nervous."
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