“The no going back moment”: Palace insiders slam Prince Harry’s memoir
Palace insiders have described Prince Harry’s new memoir as the “final nail in the coffin” for his relationship with the Royal Family.
The Duke of Sussex announced that he will release an “intimate and heartfelt” memoir next year, which he says will be “accurate and wholly truthful”.
“I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become,” the 36-year-old said in a statement.
Royal sources have spoken out about a “growing sense of shock and fury” within the family about the book, claiming Harry’s decision ruined any hope of reconciliation.
“This is the no going back moment - the final nail in the coffin of the Royal Family’s relationship with Harry,” a “senior royal source” told The Daily Mail.
“The emotional turmoil as they wait over a year for publication is going to be torturous.”
Another source told the publication: “Prince Charles didn’t know anything about it. This is really painful, it’s going to be difficult for him to take. The assumption is that he will take another kicking from Harry.
“The real disappointing thing for Charles is that he used to get on with Harry so well, actually far better than William. He feels so let down by the whole thing.”
Insiders also claim that the book will damage Harry’s relationship with Prince William.
“Harry’s been going around to people saying he can’t remember his childhood and his mother that much. Now he’s going to write a book about it. How does that stack up?” a source said.
“What’s really telling is even the relatives he remains closest to, like princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, are stunned by what he’s up to.”
With the book expected to be published in 2022, there are said to be concerns that it could “overshadow” significant royal events, such as the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Prince William’s 40th birthday, and the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death.
“With that mix, it should have been a really positive year for the Royal Family,” a source said.
“But Harry doesn’t care. He’s acting like a child. We need to remember he’s a nearly 37-year-old man, not a 21-year-old. He’s on the cusp of middle age.”