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In perhaps the most anticipated royal read of the year, later in 2022 Prince Harry will release a memoir that will “shake the monarchy to the core,” we’ve reported. But one thing the book won’t do? Criticize the Queen.
That’s according to royal expert Omid Scobie—himself an author of a must-read royal book, 2020’s Finding Freedom—while speaking on the “Royally Obsessed” podcast recently. In the memoir, Harry will not only not include any material that is negative towards her, but he will celebrate her, per the Mirror.
“Harry really is going out of his way to make sure that there isn’t material in there [the book] that can be seen as negative towards the Queen or her reign in any way whatsoever,” Scobie said. “He really wants to celebrate her life and his relationship with her in that book.”
Though obviously the Duke of Sussex’s memoir will shed light on the royal family—the royal family, after all, is a huge part of Harry’s life—this won’t be an attack on the institution, Scobie said.
“I think as much as the press want this to be a burn book and an attack on the institution, this is more just about his story, and, of course, his story is so much more than just the few years of his life as the Duke of Sussex,” he said. “I think for people expecting that warts and all moment, it’s not going to happen. That said, it’s still going to be fascinating.”
Though Her Majesty may not be criticized in the memoir, other royal experts say other members of the family might not fare so well. According to the Mirror, Harry’s friends say his stepmother Camilla will likely be called to the carpet in the book, and royal biographer Andrew Morton said recently on Us Weekly’s “Royally Us” podcast, per the Mirror, that Harry’s father Prince Charles might be the target of his son’s discontent.
“If I was Prince Charles, I’d be looking for a pile of coats to hide under,” Morton said on the podcast. “I think we’re going to see Charles once more in the firing line. So, if I was Prince Charles, I’d be looking for a hard hat and a flak jacket.”
Harry’s memoir is expected in late 2022.
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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