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Prince Harry memoir: Commentator discusses charity donation
Royal commentator Richard Kay believes Prince Harry’s royal link played a major role in granting him his profitable deals with Netflix and Spotify. In a comment piece, Mr Kay noted the Duke of Sussex isn’t the first member of the Firm to write a memoir.
Former King Edward VIII published his autobiography in 1951 – almost two decades after he abdicated.
However, Mr Kay claimed the Duke of Windsor needed to tell his story also because he found himself in a tight financial situation.
On the other hand, the expert believes the Duke of Sussex has been able to become financially independent from the Royal Family over the past months also thanks to the unbreakable links he has had with the Firm since his birth.
The Daily Mail editor-at-large wrote in the newspaper: “When Edward VIII published his memoir A King’s Story in 1951, he was struggling financially, cut off from the monarchy and without any source of income.
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“With his Netflix, Spotify and Apple TV millions, Harry has no need to earn yet more money.
“Instead, in what many will see as an attempt to deflect criticism, he is piously promising that proceeds from his book – which will cover his childhood in the public eye, his military life, marriage and fatherhood – will go to charity.
“Just how charitable the Royal Family will feel towards the wayward Duke of Sussex, with a book that threatens to overshadow the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year, remains to be seen.”
“What is so breathtaking is that there would be no Netflix or Spotify or Apple deals for Harry and Meghan, nor any Oprah interview, were it not for his royal title.
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“And yet, with this book, he appears determined to attack and undermine the very institution that conferred it on him.”
The news Prince Harry is writing an “intimate and heartfelt memoir” has reportedly sent shockwaves through the Royal Family.
Since the announcement was made, royal commentators have been discussing how much the Duke of Sussex will speak about the Firm and whether he will make new claims against the Palace.
Among the key topics Harry could report in his memoir there is his upbringing, the death of Princess Diana and his relationships with Princes Charles and William.
Mr Kay wrote: “So who might be in the firing line?
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“Insiders fear the targets could include Charles, William, Camilla and the institution itself.
“‘He is unlikely to criticise his late mother or his grandmother the Queen,’ is the view of one courtier.
“‘But for everyone else it’s tin-hat time’.”
Harry, Mr Kay added, could also go more in-depth with claims made during his and Meghan’s landmark interview with Oprah Winfrey and reveal who made remarks concerning “how dark” the skin of Archie would be while the Duchess of Sussex was still pregnant.
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And he could speak more widely about his accusations of neglect against the Royal Family first issued while speaking with Ms Winfrey.
After his interview with Ms Winfrey, Harry also spoke about the Royal Family during an episode of the Armchair Expert podcast and in his mental health docs-series for Apple TV – The Me You Can’t See.
Prince Harry’s memoir is expected to be published in late 2022 also in audiobook.
It promises to “offer an honest and captivating personal portrait — one that shows readers that behind everything they think they know lies an inspiring, courageous, and uplifting human story.”
The Duke of Windsor wrote a memoir published in 1951
Speaking about his work in progress, the Duke of Sussex said in a statement: “I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become.
“I’ve worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and my hope is that in telling my story — the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned — I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think.
“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.”