Prince Andrew’s daughters, princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, are “stunned ” by Prince Harry's plans to write his autobiography, according to a royal insider.
The Duke of Sussex’s forthcoming tell-all memoir has reportedly blindsided the Royal Family, and there’s a good deal fo concern about what he might say in it.
According to publishers Penguin Random House the book, due in late 2022, will reveal “the experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons” that have helped shape him.
Harry said he was writing the memoir “not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become.”
He added: “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”.
Penguin Random House have trailed the hook – which is unlikely be anywhere near finished as yet – as “accurate and wholly truthful”.
The book is expected to tell Harry’s story from his childhood, through the trauma of his mother’s death and his military service in Afghanistan right up to his marriage to Meghan Markle and the birth of their children Archie and Lilibet Diana.
But while royals wait to see what Harry has said about them, imaginations are allegedly running wild.
“The emotional turmoil as they wait over a year for publication is going to be torturous,” one senior royal reportedly told the Daily Mail.
“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.”
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There was concern, too, about how how Harry’s stepmother, Camilla Parker-Bowles, might come across in the book.
“Let’s be honest, Harry has never been close to the Duchess of Cornwall," the source said.
"If he documents their fraught relationship in the book it could be very damaging at a time when Charles is laying the groundwork for her to become Queen.”
Buckingham Palace has been approached for comment.
Prince Charles was reported to have been completely in the dark about his son’s upcoming book until it was officially announced on Monday.
But a spokesperson from Harry’s publishers told People Magazine that the Prince, 36, had spoken privately with the royal family regarding the book's publication shortly before the official announcement.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment on that claim, saying: "Any clarification about the book would be a question for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex."
Harry isn't the first member of the royal family to tell his own story – Edward, Duke of Windsor, who was briefly king in 1936, wrote a book called A King's Story: The Memoirs of the Duke of Windsor in 1951.
Harry has been working on his manuscript with Pulitzer-winning journalist and writer J.R. Moehringer for the better part of a year.
Proceeds from the book will be donated to charity, according to his and Meghan’s organisation Archewell.
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