Prince Harry: ‘Book published in November’ says Bower
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are on a collision course with the Royal Family as the publication of the Prince’s “explosive” memoir looms – despite the Sussexes’ truce with the Waleses. Royal commentator Jonathan Sacerdoti also suggested Harry was likely to be feeling “isolated” as he prepared for the funeral of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II – while warning Harry’s book was likely to cause “ripples” throughout the nation.
The Queen died on Thursday, triggering a national outpouring of grief in advance of her state funeral on Monday (September 19).
Harry and Meghan joined his brother William, the newly created Prince and Wales, and Kate, Princess of Wales, on a walkabout at Windsor Palace on Saturday which prompted hopes of a thawing in relations between the couples.
However, asked whether tensions which have been simmering ever since Meghan and Harry’s move to California in 2020 will now dissipate, Mr Sacerdoti, a regular contributor to The Spectator who also appears on Sky News to discuss royal affairs, was pessimistic.
He told Express.co.uk: “I sincerely doubt it because we’re expecting the publication of Harry’s book, which will be already done and dusted so to do rewrites at this stage seems a tall order.
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The Prince and Princess of Wales, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Winsdor
“Maybe it can be delayed a bit if they feel publication too soon would be inappropriate.
“When we talk about known unknowns and unknown unknowns, I think the book is an unknown unknown, because we know it’s coming but we don’t have any idea what’s in it.
“And all reports have said that the Palace hasn’t had a copy or seen any manuscript or had any idea of what’s in it.
“I can’t corroborate that but if that’s true, it will be something that they will be concerned about, as long as it’s not been published yet.”
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Harry, Meghan, William and Kate with Windsor in the background on Saturday
Mr Sacerdoti expressed the hope that Harry had therefore been “sensitive” in terms of what was included in the ghostwritten book.
He explained: “He has a right to write his memoir, but like everybody, you need to think about the effect your work might have.
“Memoirs are often complicated for anyone, especially for families. So anyone that writes a memoir and talks about their family, even if they don’t think they’re being critical, may say something which is read as critical and can have a ripple effect.
“When your family is the Royal Family that ripple effect cannot just be personal and familial in its effect, it can be much greater – it could be constitutional or historical. And so I think that it will be one to watch.
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The Queen’s death, and King Charles’ accession, was only likely to make the memoir “more saleable”, Mr Sacerdoti pointed out.
He said: “So I don’t imagine the publishers will be keen to pull it.
“I can’t help but think that the publishers who paid so much for the book won’t be happy to remove any explosive sections that they were relying on for sales just because of what’s happened now.”
He added: “If those things exist in the book, and it’s a big if, Harry may regret that now.
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“I just don’t know – we can’t know what they’re thinking.”
Mr Sacerdoti continued: “Of course, Harry has lost his grandma and I think that that must also be very difficult for him.
“I think both sides of the family feud at moments like this, in any family, must feel immense pain, and maybe he feels particularly isolated from the family because of what happened.
“Reports say by the time he flew to Balmoral, it had already been announced to the nation that she had passed away.
Prince Harry will be feeling isolated after Queen Elizabeth’s death, said Mr Sacerdoti
“So I guess that all of those things must have made him realise that the freedom he got from moving away from the nuclear family and out of the country meant that even though he was here by chance for his own purposes, by definition, he just couldn’t be as close to the centre of activity at the moment like that when it happened.
“It was very lucky for him that in this moment of great sadness and bad luck that the Queen passed away, that he was actually near enough to attend and to then stay here and extend his trip to be part of the mourning and the funeral ceremony and I think that that would have been a great relief to Her Majesty as well.
“Because despite everything she always said that he was a much-loved member of the family.”
Express.co.uk has contacted the Sussexes via Archewell for comment.