We all know the story of Prince Harry’s break from the British monarchy, right? After trying to play by their rules, Harry and Meghan decided to take baby Archie and make a break for it. They established themselves in California, gave a major interview to Oprah and signed a deal with Netflix, and had a little girl named Lilibet.
It might not have been the fairy tale they imagined, but Harry and Meghan are building a life on their own terms.
But now Harry is crossing a line that no royal has ever crossed before–and leaks from inside Buckingham Palace say that the Windsors are really, really worried.
Prince Harry’s Latest Announcement Shocks the Royal Family
Just when you thought Harry couldn’t possibly make any more waves for his family, here he comes with another bombshell announcement.
He signed a deal with publisher Penguin Random House to pen his memoirs, and he promises to reveal the “intimate” and “heartfelt” details of his life.
Royals Never Do This
Now, if you’re not a dedicated royal watcher, then you might not realize how wild this is. Royals never write their autobiographies or memoirs. At most, you might get an “authorized biography,” such as Finding Freedom, which means that the subject of the book cooperated with the authors.
But not all cooperation is created equal. It might mean that the subject rubber-stamped the manuscript, or it might mean that they actively participated in giving exclusive interviews, as with the controversial Diana: Her True Story by Andrew Morton.
That’s why Harry’s decision to write his memoirs is such a power move. Royals simply don’t write books about themselves. In fact, the Firm’s unofficial policy is simple: Never Complain, Never Explain. Harry is threatening to do both.
Harry Promises to Reveal All
The publishers announced the book last week, promising readers an intimate glimpse into Harry’s childhood, military career, and new life as a husband and father living in self-imposed exile.
It’s become clear from their post-split behavior that Harry and Meghan want to tell their stories without permission or censorship from Buckingham Palace. They’ve made moves to establish an independent brand and expand into the worlds of podcasting and streaming television–places where no royals have gone before.
Prince Harry issued a statement alongside his publisher where he confirms that this book will set the record straight:
“I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I’ve learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a firsthand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”
In other words, Harry knows that most of the stories out there about his life aren’t accurate or truthful.
The Royal Family Is Worried
“I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become,” Harry stated. It seems like he’s done with the monarchy for good–but will he take the House of Windsor down with him?
Insider sources have revealed that Harry’s book could “destabilize the monarchy.” They’re especially worried that his tell-all memoir could cast his father and brother in an unfavorable light. The queen isn’t getting any younger, and Charles is already unpopular with the people compared to his mother.
The last thing Charles needs is to have any of the skeletons in the royal closet revealed–but then again, if there was nothing to hide, would the courtiers be tattling about their alleged panic to the tabloids?
Wait, How Many Books Is He Writing?
To make matters more confusing, UK tabloid The Daily Mail reported that Prince Harry’s deal with Penguin Random House was for four books, not one. If a single memoir threatened to shake the very pillars of the monarchy, imagine what four could do!
However, a follow-up statement from the Duke of Sussex fired back against the claims. The Sussexes aren’t exactly big fans of the UK tabloids, and you can bet that there will be more hot takes and “insider” stories as the book’s publication date draws closer.
We won’t find out exactly what Harry has to say until late 2022, but watch this space for more updates as they become available