Harry’s ‘hugely damaging’ Megxit book to cause ‘mayhem’ for royals, says expert
Prince Harry’s new memoir about life in the royal family will “further damage” the rift with his brother William and dad Charles, an expert has said.
The Duke of Sussex has reportedly been secretly working on the book for a year and on Monday it was confirmed he’d agreed a publishing deal with Penguin Random House.
The 36-year-old – who stepped down as a senior royal with wife Meghan Markle before moving to the US – has said it will include “the highs and the lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned”.
But royal expert Robert Jobson said the book will only “lead to conflict” and could prove “hugely damaging” to the House of Windsor and the monarchy.
The author of Prince Philip’s Century told the Daily Mail : “It will become an international bestseller, but at what cost to the monarchy? There will be nowhere to hide.”
Mr Jobson compared Harry to his great-grandfather’s brother Edward, who abdicated to marry divorcee Wallis Simpson and was the last royal to write a memoir.
He said while that book – titled A King’s Story: The Memoirs of HRH the Duke of Windsor, KG and published in the 50s – “caused a sensation”, this is “bound to cause mayhem” for the Firm.
“If Harry, which seems inevitable, goes into detail about mental health issues involving his wife and alleged racism at the heart of the royal family, it will be hugely damaging to the House of Windsor and the Monarchy as an institution.”
He added: “No wonder there is a rift between the royal brothers and problems with his father.”
Harry and William began to drift apart in March 2019 when the latter threw his brother and wife out of Kensington Palace over Meghan’s alleged bullying of staff, it is claimed.
The Sussexes went on to set up their new office at Buckingham Palace.
In March this year the couple accused the family of racism and claimed Meghan was prevented from accessing mental health support during their bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview.
In his statement, Harry also appeared to make a veiled dig at the monarchy by saying he is “writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I’ve become”.
It comes as the royal family were said to be caught completely unaware by the announcement.
Sources close to Prince Charles told the Mirror they were “surprised” at the news of the book, which is due out late 2022 with proceeds to go to charity.