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Even casual royal family followers know that Prince Harry has written a memoir, which is due to be released by the end of 2022 (and is causing much tension within his family). But now, as we’re hearing more and more from Meghan Markle in the past couple of weeks—through anecdotes revealed on her new Spotify podcast, “Archetypes,” and in her bombshell interview with The Cut last week—Sunday Times’ royal editor Roya Nikkhah says Meghan might have a book of her own in the works.
Let’s back up to Meghan’s own words in The Cut profile, where she revealed that she rediscovered an old journal of hers left at Frogmore Cottage—she and Harry’s U.K. home—while visiting there for the Platinum Jubilee back in June. (“You go back, and you open drawers, and you’re like ‘Oh my gosh. This is what I was writing in my journal there?’” she told The Cut.)
Meghan also revealed in the piece that she didn’t have to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) when she and Harry quit life as working royals back in January 2020—leaving the door open for Meghan to say (or write) whatever she wants, whenever she wants. This could all add up to her own memoir in the future, Nikkhah says.
“The thinly veiled threats that came in [Meghan’s interview with The Cut]…I think [she] probably hopes it does [feel threatening] to the royal family,” Nikkhah tells True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat, per The Mirror. “[But] I think there’s a lot of eye-rolling, going ‘We’re used to this by now.’…That phrase, ‘I have a lot to say until I don’t’ and ‘I’ve never signed anything that restricts me from talking’…there was a very strong inference there.”
Nikkhah echoed many royal followers’ sentiments when she says she was shocked Meghan left behind such a personal item in the form of the journal, even though Meghan knew that Harry’s cousin, Princess Eugenie, and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, lived in Frogmore Cottage after Harry and Meghan left for life in the U.S.
“I was astonished to discover that she had left a highly private diary behind in Windsor, rather than taking it back,” Nikkhah says. “She’s mentioned a couple of times in the last year or two that she kept a journal, and I think there is a very strong inference that Meghan could write her own memoir.” Nikkhah added that “most of their [Harry and Meghan’s] belongings were packed up a long time before they even left for Canada and America, so packing up was done. Certainly, when Eugenie lived there for a while with her husband and child, they had the run of the house. I think that most of Harry and Meghan’s belongings that remained, which weren’t many, were stored away. So, I don’t think she came back and packed up the whole house…I read it as an opportunity for her to mention the journal.”
While obviously nothing is confirmed, the hints have been dropped.
“We know that Harry is bringing out a book,” Nikkhah says, per The Daily Express. “We don’t know when, but it’s quite soon, it’s implied. That Meghan could write her own memoir.” According to The Daily Express, “the royal family are now reportedly concerned about the possibility of Meghan writing a book with the diary entries.”
Later today, Harry and Meghan will make their first public appearance in the U.K. since they were seen at Platinum Jubilee festivities earlier this summer.
Rachel Burchfield is a writer whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family. In addition to serving as the royal editor at Marie Claire, she has worked with publications like Vogue, Vanity Fair, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, and more. She cohosts Podcast Royal, a show that provides candid commentary on the biggest royal family headlines and offers segments on fashion, beauty, health and wellness, and lifestyle.
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