The Palace fears who will be in Prince Harry’s sights in his upcoming memoir, a royal expert has claimed.
The Duke of Sussex has been working with American “power ghostwriter” J. R. Moehringer to deliver a “wholly truthful and accurate” account of his life.
In a statement confirming the upcoming release, the Duke said: “I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man, I have become.”
He reportedly netted a £14.5million advance for his memoir and will donate the profits to charity after it is released sometime next year.
A source previously told the Mirror the thought of the book has sparked a “tsunami of fear” in royal circles.
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In a piece for the Daily Mail royal expert Richard Kay questions who might fall under the spotlight in the memoir.
He writes: “So who might be in the firing line? Insiders fear the targets could include Charles, William, Camilla and the institution itself. ‘He is unlikely to criticise his late mother or his grandmother the Queen,’ is the view of one courtier. ‘But for everyone else it’s tin-hat time.’
“What Harry may not grasp is that any reproach of Charles, for example over his parenting skills – an issue he has raised before – is an implied criticism of the Queen. The same applies to attacks on the monarchy.
“His breach with his brother is an open wound that was not even remotely healed during Harry’s flying visit to unveil the Diana statue. He said in his Oprah interview that his father had cut him off financially, a claim denied but viewed by millions around the world.
“And in private he has made uncomplimentary comments about his stepmother the Duchess of Cornwall. In the hands of socially unaware Harry, exploring any one of these in more detail could be incendiary.”
It comes after sources revealed Prince Charles was growing “concerned over Harry’s chosen path” after his youngest son announced he had been secretly working on his memoirs.
The Prince of Wales believes his son is at a “crossroads” as he embarks on life outside the royal family amid a potentially explosive book set to reveal intimate details of his experience of royal life, insiders have said.
Friends of the future King believe his youngest son seems “bizarrely hellbent” on trashing his father’s reputation, which they say Charles has worked hard to restore over two decades following his spectacular fallout and subsequent divorce from Princess Diana.
Harry revealed this week that he has been secretly working on his as yet untitled memoirs with Pulitzer-winning ghostwriter J. R. Moehringer for a year, with a release date of late 2022.