Prince Harry’s memoir deal is ‘deplorable’, says royal expert

Prince Harry’s decision to write a series of memoirs revealing the secrets of life as a royal could be “destructive” to the royal family and has been condemned by an expert.

Richard Fitzwilliams told BerkshireLive the parts of the book bound to get the most interest are those talking of the rift between Harry and his brother William, which is likely to damage their relationship even further.

He said Harry’s belief he and his wife Meghan Markle are “trapped” in public life “makes a mockery of his upbringing”.

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He said: “The idea of Harry writing a memoir, using a well-known ghost writer, for publication at the end of next year, is deplorable. It will undoubtedly be serialized and receive enormous publicity.

“The parts of it which will get the most coverage are those in which he deals with the tragic rift that has opened up between him and William and the royal family and between Harry and his father and William in particular.”

“His belief that both are ‘trapped’ in royal life makes a mockery of his upbringing.”

Mr Fitzwilliams said William and his wife Kate Middleton – the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – are doing a great job in their roles representing the family.

He added: “Both William and Catherine are handling their duties in an exemplary way.

“However, as we saw with some of the toxic claims on Oprah, relations with Harry and Meghan are not likely to improve with an extended version of Finding Freedom (a biography of the couple), about their journey and obviously written with their approval, due out in August as well as the threat of his memoir next year.

“With this, reconciliation, however desirable, seems most unlikely.

“The Sussexes plea for privacy rings hollow with so much exposure.

“Harry has been larking on James Corden’s bus, and on the Dan Shephard podcast, in addition to the interview on Oprah with Meghan and another with Oprah on a series on mental health.

“The main interview with Oprah went worldwide and damaged the monarchy.

“It is unclear what they want from the royal family, what they undoubtedly want is publicity.

“Apart from expanding their brand and portraying themselves as victims, it is currently unclear to what end but it seems certain to be destructive.”

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