Destabilizing speculation

The mystery of Prince Harry’s memoirs prevents any royal reconciliation

As Britain’s elite retreat to their European holiday villas or swelter in a British heat wave, one of the main talking points is idle speculation about what Prince Harry’s next memoir will or won’t contain. not, and how the unveiling of royal secrets by the ultimate insider will affect the monarchy.

While no one outside of a few publishing executives knows for sure whether the book will be a big bang or a wet banger, what seems less doubtful is that the prospect of Harry’s memoir hanging over the Windsors could well be one of the main reasons why William has so far failed to reconcile with his brother.

While the royal family has shown a glorious recklessness as to what the book will say, with the palaces advising that Harry and Meghan are now private individuals and can do, say and post whatever they want, and congratulating them on effect for their personal profitability, it’s of course hard to imagine William not wanting to wait and see what Harry reveals before deciding what, if anything, to do next to patch up the relationship with his brother.

Harry himself said the book would be his story; “the ups and downs, the mistakes, the lessons learned…a first-hand account of my life that is accurate and entirely truthful.”

Royal author Christopher Andersen told The Daily Beast: “Prince Charles’s agents have been scrambling for months to find out what other bombshells are waiting, but to no avail. No one expected Harry’s book to be a valentine to his loved ones. But you have the impression, following the Jubilee, that now the gloves are really extinct.

The simple fact is that the memoirs might not be very disturbing, focusing, for example, on Harry’s own mental health issues or his memories of his mother, in which case a Windsor-Sussex reconciliation might be a fairly simple matter. .

Or its publication could be a bombshell exploding, indicting Camilla for the breakdown of her parents’ marriage and seeking to challenge Charles’ legitimacy as monarch.

Duncan Larcombe, a royal author and former royal editor at The sun, told The Daily Beast: “How can the Royal Family welcome Harry back into the fold when he has effectively turned himself into a journalist? As long as this book hangs over them like a sword of Damocles, how can they be expected to hold out an olive branch?

“Once the book is out, William will have to make a decision about what he is going to do about Harry, but he won’t do anything until he knows what’s on every page of this book. reality is that if, as a senior member of the Royal Family, you have written a tell-all book, you have broken Rule #1 of the Royal Family.

Few at the palace or in William’s circle of friends seem convinced by a recent spate of reports suggesting the book has been delayed or cancelled. The consensus is that the book will be released this fall, more or less in accordance with the dates announced by the publishers, although editorial sources admit that it’s a bit odd that the book’s release date hasn’t been officially announced yet.

While a delay is possible, canceling the title would represent such an extraordinary about-face for Harry and the publishers – who reportedly paid an estimated $20 million for the title – that knowledgeable industry insiders edition neglects it entirely.

“There’s a lot of new stories in there about the past that Harry hasn’t talked about before, about his childhood…there’s content in there that should make his family nervous.”

— royal source

The Sussexes’ office did not respond to a request for comment (Prince William’s office was also contacted by The Daily Beast and also did not comment on the issues raised in this article), but the editors themselves insisted that the schedule is unchanged. And an editorial source quoted in a report by page 6 earlier this week said the book would be released as planned this fall, with one source saying, “It’s juicy, for sure,” and another commenting, “There’s a lot of new stories in there about the past that Harry hasn’t talked about before, about his childhood… there’s content in there that should make his family nervous.

Nervousness is one thing, but, to be honest, if that’s the best the men in the book can do, then it doesn’t look like the royals need to dig in for a series of revelations about the monarchy.

And of course, Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah meant that for other revelations to have the same kind of effect remotely, they would have to be so explosive and so extraordinary that they really would have to be on another level. . The huge question Oprah’s interview left unanswered will remain unanswered, as Harry has vowed never to name the racist royal who the couple say questioned the likely skin tone of their then-unborn children.

While the interview at first appeared to be a hugely damaging event for the Royal Family, the passage of time has revealed that it was far less destabilizing than feared. The royals are still around and seem to be getting along well without the Sussexes. And while Meghan and Harry have their fans, the interview’s attacking tone didn’t seem to win them many new ones.

One also has to wonder, if Meghan is really serious about pursuing a political career, if it’s ultimately not in her interest that she and her husband are very obviously in a public slang match with the future head of state of another country.

Harry’s own story would always be an engrossing read. Harry’s ghostwriter, JR Moehringer, has focused several times in his writing career on stories of addiction and recovery. Although there is no suggestion that Harry had a drug or alcohol problem, Harry’s book may seek to tell a story of spiritual renewal in a vein similar to André’s extraordinary best-selling autobiography. Agassi, Open (without the use of crystal meth, of course), which was also ghosted by Moehringer.

If Harry’s book follows the usual Christmas blockbuster release schedule, it will likely be released on the so-called “Super Thursday”, the second Thursday in October, when literally hundreds of the world’s biggest titles will be released in preparation. of all – important festive shopping season.

Curiously, a few days later, William and Kate are due to make an official visit to the United States – their first since 2014 when Kate was pregnant with Charlotte – for the Earthshot Prize 2022 final which will see five companies or green initiatives awarded grants of 1 million books each.

“As long as this book hangs over them like a sword of Damocles, how can they be expected to extend an olive branch?”

— Duncan Larcombe

One can only imagine the intensity of William’s fury if he is forced to spend the weekend of his big green initiative answering questions about his little brother’s book and the collapse of his parents’ marriage. parents.

Harry might be less troubled by the prospect of eclipsing William’s American moment (although that perfectly sums up the current dilemma of goal-driven celebrities: that people in general are far more interested in dirty gossip than good causes. ); he previously appeared to reject the Earthshot award in a secretly taped phone conversation with Russian comedians Vladimir ‘Vovan’ Kuznetsov and Alexei ‘Lexus’ Stolyarov, whom he believed to be Greta Thunberg and her father, saying this, when he s is about initiating an ecological action; “Small steps or the award show don’t make a difference these days.”

There is clearly no love lost between Harry and his brother. In his interview with Hoda Kotb in April, he avoided answering the question of whether he was “missing” William or Charles.

Larcombe adds that it’s highly likely that Harry would currently be embarrassed to ‘look his own family in the eye’ if he did indeed fire a missile at the family which, despite not having landed yet, could cause terrible problems, upheaval and disappointment. when it does if it is deeply telling.

Andersen said: “Anyone who imagines that an olive branch will be extended by William or Charles before Harry’s book comes out is delusional. What more proof is needed than the cold shoulder the Sussexes received at the Jubilee of queen’s platinum?It was painful to watch, frankly.

“He promised a truthful and candid account of his life as a prince, and if he delivers anything close, how can it not be detrimental to the monarchy?”

— Christopher Anderson

Andersen, author of a series of best-selling royal books, including Diana’s Boys and brothers and wives, adds that there is “no hope” in Harry’s palace by watering down the book. He thinks it will be explosive.

“He promised a true and candid account of his life as a prince, and if he delivers anything close, how can that not be detrimental to the monarchy? After all, scandal, tragedy and drama have swirled around Harry his entire life.

Indeed, the other consideration is commercial. Given that they haven’t been able to deliver a single show for Netflix so far, or a cohesive podcast offering for Spotify, the pair are in dire need of a hit.

The question that makes the Windsors nervous is how many family secrets they are willing to sell to achieve this goal, and until that is known the relationship will likely sit in the freezer.