The Royals Are Reportedly Worried Prince Harry's Book Deal Could Affect Prince Charles' Ascension

The royal family is reportedly worried that Prince Harry's book deal could "destabilize the monarchy" and affect Prince Charles' ascension to the throne.

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  • According to a new report, the royal family has "very real fears" about Prince Harry's upcoming memoir, as well as the other three books that are rumored to be a part of his and Meghan Markle's book deal.
  • The Daily Mail reported this weekend that the royals are worried the books could "destabilize the Monarchy by undermining the reputation of his father when he ascends the throne."
  • These rumors, however, seem specifically tied to reports that there were plans to release one of the alleged books after the Queen's death, reports that the Sussexes' lawyers have called "false and defamatory," according to the Mail

The royal family is reportedly very concerned about the Prince Harry's upcoming memoir.

According to a Daily Mail report, the royal family has "very real fears" that Harry's memoir (and the other three books rumored to be part of his and Meghan Markle's book deal) could "destabilize the monarchy" and cause problems when it comes time for Prince Charles to take the throne.

Specifically, the alleged fears seem tied to reports that Harry has plans to release a second book after the Queen's death, which royal insider reportedly worry could get in the way of the transition of power from Queen Elizabeth II to her oldest son, Prince Charles.

As the Mail reports, however, lawyers for Harry and Meghan quickly shot down the rumors of a book planned for release after the Queen's death, calling the claims "false and defamatory."

The only book that Harry has been confirmed to be working on is a memoir, due out in "late 2022."

"I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become," Harry said of the book in a press release. "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."

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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with over 10 years of professional experience covering entertainment of all genres, from new movie and TV releases to nostalgia, and celebrity news. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.