Diana aide slams Harry’s memoir as ‘money grab’ – but it could also teach ‘key lessons’
Prince Harry’s upcoming memoir has been dismissed as a money grab by his mum’s former aide — although he reckons it could also shed some light on life in the Palace.
The Duke, 36, is writing what his publishers say is “the definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses and life lessons that have helped shape him”.
Despite the book not yet having an official title, nor being expected to hit shops for at least another year, speculation is rife about what details it might contain.
The upcoming book could be seen a grim prospect for the Royal Family, with expected publication year 2022 also seeing celebrations to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the Cambridges’ 40th birthday.
Harry’s book will be part of a four-book deal with wife Meghan, and he’s earned himself $20 million in the process, with publishers paying out what’s hoped to be the Queen’s grandson’s juiciest family secrets.
Patrick Jephson, Princess Diana’s former aide, has now had his say on the book deal and what it could mean for the royals.
He wrote for the Mail Online: “Remember, for a large slice of their target audience, especially in their home market of the U.S., Harry and Meghan perfectly capture the spirit of the times with their earnest moralising and impeccably progressive politics. Red-faced condemnation from ‘bigoted’ Brits only validates their martyrs’ credentials.
“Forget the ‘woke’ packaging: this is about making money, the more the better. So bring on ‘the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned’ which Harry promises us.
“Brace yourself for the hot-cheeked shame he feels at his privileged birth.”
Jephson is adamant that the new book deal is a money grab, with the Sussexes opting for a book deal to line their pockets as they live in their American mansion.
Harry, in a way, is following in his mother’s footsteps with the prince publishing his own tell all book.
Diana was criticised heavily for working with biographer Andrew Morton on his 1992 book Diana: Her True Story, with some going as far as to call it treasonous.
But, as Jephson says, it may show how much the Royal Family still have to learn if what Harry says is true about the treatment of the Sussexes.
Jephson said: “Maybe, like Diana, he shouldn’t have gone into print; but maybe, like his mother, he felt he had no alternative.
“If that’s the case, and this book reveals culpable inhumanity or mismanagement in the Sussex’s’ treatment, then it will confirm that key lessons from the Diana tragedy were ignored.