ROYAL biographer Ingrid Seward reveals why she thinks Harry releasing his own book could be the "worst mistake of his life".
Reflecting on Princess Diana's 1992 memoir and the regrets the late royal went on to share, Ingrid has her say following news Harry has landed a publishing deal to share his own story in his very own book, set for release in 2022.
His mother did it through Andrew Morton with Diana Her True Story.
His father did it through Jonathan Dimbleby with the book The Prince of Wales in which he allowed the author to draw on his private archives and Fergie did it with My Story written by Jeff Coplon.
Now Prince Harry has done it with ‘power ghostwriter’ JR Moehringer.
Like Fergie did before him when she claimed the storms and heartache of her public life made her the person she is today.
Harry claims he is not writing the book as the prince he was born but as the man he has become.
It is sadly predictable stuff, but apparently the royal family were taken by surprise at the news as much as everyone else was.
Harry’s publishers claim he will donate the proceeds of what will inevitably be a best seller to charity.
The cynics wonder if that means the whole advance, serial rights and sales, which will certainly net him millions – even if it is for charity.
Revealing personal details of such a public royal life as Harry’s cannot be a good idea.
It may well come back to haunt him, especially if it upsets his grandmother and then he changes his mind about what he has said.
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Diana regretted doing her book so she said. She certainly regretted making millions for everybody else out of her own sad revelations.
This could be the worst mistake of Harry’s life.
We know he hates those inaccuracies written about him, but it is part of life in the spotlight and will never go away.
It is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year when the book is due to be published.
Harry and Meghan are expected to take part in at least some of the celebrations, which means they will be in the UK.
Diana regretted doing her book… she certainly regretted making millions for everybody else out of her own sad revelations
Another uncomfortable visit no doubt. The Queen is one of the most understanding and forgiving people.
She tried hard to help make an acceptable life for Harry and Meghan within the family. It failed and her patience wore thin.
But she understood they wanted a private life.
There is nothing private about publishing an autobiography however benign it might eventually be.
She will be hurt and angry about this book. Not perhaps for herself, but for the tirade of criticism it will heap on the frail shoulders of her sensitive and foolish grandson.
Harry and Meghan have spent the last 18 months doing everything they promised the Queen they would not do.
There is nothing private about publishing an autobiography however benign it might eventually be
Living off their status as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Or as America likes to describe them, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan.
It is bound to drive a further deep rift between the brothers as William will be furious that by penning the ‘highs and lows of his story’, Harry will damage the reputation of the Monarchy which is essentially William’s birthright.
Prince Charles must be despairing too.
He has suffered a constant stream of complaints from his younger son who appears to be completely ungrateful for his privileged upbringing.
I imagine Harry’s excuse is that his mother did it.
She wrote the book; she did the interview and she complained about her treatment by the royal family.
But as much as he might want to, Harry will never have the power and compassion his mother once had.
And I think she would be incredibly sad he felt he had to do this.
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