Sad sign that Prince Harry’s new book is going to focus on the Queen

The pen, at least according to playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton, is mightier than the sword, but I suppose there were no eight-figure book deals in 1839 when he was writing that famous line.

Because pens, whether it’s a badly chewed Bic or a Mont Blanc, may be powerful, but a gigantic deal with the world’s largest publisher is even more powerful.

Currently in a secret computer disk protected by a password only marginally stronger than the disk protecting the nuclear codes is the manuscript of Prince Harry’s memoirs. Reportedly, the release will take place before the end of the year, but the author himself has promised that he would write “not like the prince I was born, but like the man I have become”.

And that man he’s become? Well, that guy looks like he’s got quite the ax, with new clues suggesting his book may be even more of a Buckingham Palace-rattling doozy than previously thought.

The question that is beginning to take shape is this: is Harry about to “betray” the Queen once and for all?

Ever since Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, gave up their lives to roam California in hulking four-wheel drives and pay energetic lip service to the idea of ​​servitude, Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, have clearly best done to the loudest and most vocal critics of the Royal Family since the English Civil War.

Yet, for all that, some ties to the motherhood of the monarchy, and especially Her Majesty, have existed. After all, the Sussexes were there, literally and figuratively in the second row, in June for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and brought the 96-year-old back for a quickie in April when they were on their way to the Netherlands.

But that was then and this is now.

As the clock ticks towards the launch of Harry’s book, will, or can, this fragile tie hold up once his autobiography lands with a thud?

‘Nothing is sacred’ in Harry’s memoirs

For months there have been reports of speculation about what revelations and criticisms the Duke might write in his ‘My First Tell-All’ notebook.

Tom Bower, in his newly released Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between the Windsorsstates that “nothing and no one” has been kept “sacred” by Harry in the writing of his book.

Uh oh…let’s hope the corgis and dorgis haven’t learned to read.

Rewind to February 6 this year, Her Majesty’s Accession Day, when the Queen made the unexpected announcement that it was her “sincere wish” for her daughter-in-law Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, to be crowned alongside her son Prince Charles.

Bower writes that in the wake of the Camilla news, “all doubts about Harry’s enmity towards his country and family were allayed by his stony silence” on the matter and that his “refusal to acknowledge the Queen’s decision foreshadowed the future problems”.

According to Bower, “Occasionally, [Harry] seemed willing to betray any value he used to hold dear. No one realized how his animosity had grown during his conversations with John Moehringer, the ghostwriter of his memoir.”

“To earn the estimated advance of approximately $20 million ($A28.8 million), Harry is expected to have to give Moehringer emotional confessions and secret details. These would settle his scores with his family and friends.”

“Among the targets would be besides William, Kate and Charles Camilla. Meghan had identified her as racist.”

In RevengeBower writes that the Duke of Sussex “[edging] toward betrayal” from some of the people he had been closest to.

“In order to land a huge sale and recoup the huge advance, the publishers had encouraged Harry to criticize his family in the most extreme terms,” ​​Bower said. “Easily convinced, Harry moved on to betraying his father, Camilla, the Cambridges and even the Queen. And then the deed was done. To earn the publisher’s advance, nothing and no one had been sacred.”

It’s that last sentence that’s the most ominous.

If what Bower reports is correct, it sounds like the Duke of Sussex’s book could go even further than the charges against the monarchy and his family that he and Meghan have so far put out. (You know, the sensational accusations of palace racism, “total neglect” and a heartless disregard for the well-being of the most vulnerable members of The Firm.)

Who’s in Harry’s firing line?

Meanwhile, elsewhere, the Daily mailRichard Kay, very well connected, has reported that “there is considerable fear in Buckingham Palace circles that Harry, 37, will use the memoir to settle alleged scores with relatives and high-ranking courtiers.”

“It’s the breakup of the bond between him and William over the past three years that has so disturbed courtiers.”

One person routinely mentioned as a possible target of Harry’s literary wrath is Camilla.

According to Kay, “Five years ago, long before he even thought about writing a book, Harry invited friends of his mother’s to share memories and private photos of her.

“At least they had a long discussion with him about Camilla.”

“It was pretty clear he didn’t think much of her,” Diana’s friend later told Kay. “He wasn’t very complimentary of her and I highly doubt he forgot what we were talking about that day.”

Clap to the heart of the monarchy

When you take Bower and Kay’s claims together, it seems increasingly like the seemingly perma-disgruntled prince won’t be taking any punches on the page when it comes to his family and the monarchy.

And what that means is that, even if he only writes about his grandmother herself in the most radiant and loving terms, his memoirs can be a despicable betrayal of Her Majesty.

If Harry were to spend part of his book targeting certain family members and various pinstripe staffers who run the royal dog-and-pony show, that would still be an attack against the woman who heads both the House of Windsor. as the institution of the monarchy.

Anything that humiliates or undermines the monarchy indirectly humiliates or undermines the Top Lady (as Diana called her mother-in-law).

Or to quote Louis XIV, “l’etat, c’est Moi”, which translates to “the state I am”.

If Harry takes this route, it would be a turning point, the kind of line where there’s a very clear ‘before’ and a dramatically different ‘after’.

In this scenario, it’s hard to see how he could ever go back in any sense.

In early 2021 Harry appeared on James Corden’s late late show in a dignity-defying appearance (who could ever forget to ask a complete stranger if he could use their toilet?) and revealed that the Queen had given the Sussex family a waffle iron for Christmas. Will household appliances make their way from Windsor to California this year?

So there is so much at stake with this book and it could be that in 2022 a huge check could be the most powerful of them all.

Daniela Elser is a royal expert and writer with over 15 years experience working with a number of leading Australian media titles.

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