Prince Harry’s memoir is “certainly bound to cause controversy” with the timing of its release so close to a milestone for the Princess of Wales, which will likely spark “accusations of Harry trying to steal the limelight”, a royal author has predicted. Publishers Penguin Random House confirmed on Thursday that the book will hit the global shelves on January 10, 2023.
This is later than the original publication date, which was “tentatively” scheduled for late 2022.
It also closely coincides with an important day for Harry’s sister-in-law, the Princess of Wales.
Kate will celebrate her 41st birthday on January 9.
Royal expert Daniela Elser, writing for Australian outlet news.com.au, described the new date as an “odd choice”, not least because it comes a day after the future Queen’s birthday.
She also pinpointed January as what she called a “strange retail deadzone” following the Christmas period.
But Professor Pauline Maclaran of Royal Holloway, University of London, told Express.co.uk she was sceptical that the memoir would have been intentionally scheduled to fall so close to Kate’s birthday.
But she warned Prince Harry could be accused of “trying to steal the limelight”.
The book was “tentatively” scheduled for later this year by its publishers in original announcements.
Professor Maclaran told Express.co.uk: “I doubt if the memoir is deliberately timed for the Princess of Wales’ birthday but certainly this is bound to cause controversy and accusations of Harry trying to steal the limelight.”
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They vowed to deliver a book “full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief”.
Penguin Random House said in a statement: “Spare takes readers immediately back to one of the most searing images of the twentieth century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow—and horror.
“For Harry, this is his story at last.”
Of the proceeds, Prince Harry will donate $1.5million of the profits to Sentebale, a charity established by the Duke and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in 2006.
He will give a further $300,000 to WellChild, of which he has been a patron for 15 years.