In the wake of the Queen's untimely death, the publishing of his memoir and its respective changes have been dubbed 'insensitive' by a royal insider.
Prince Harry has been in the spotlight ever since he decided to give up on active royal duties in 2020. Now, the Duke has been roped in once again on his ‘bombshell’ memoir set to make heads and many other things roll. According to Sky News Australia, the Duke has been trying to make some last-minute changes to the memoir and a royal insider informs that this decision has been seen as ‘insensitive’ among the members of the family.
In the wake of the Queen’s funerary processions and last rights, the Prince has been quite busy speaking to his publisher, Random Penguin House. He wanted to make some changes but was afraid it “might be too late.” The memoir everyone has been waiting for to shed some light on “intimate and heartfelt” moments has been rumored to make the Late Queen and Prince William “increasingly uneasy.” The book has delayed its release date from December after the death of the longest reigning monarch and hasn’t decided on a tentative date yet.
“He is afraid that he’ll come off insensitive and he’s afraid that there will be backlash if he releases some of these stories right after the death of Queen Elizabeth as his father King Charles is trying to start his reign on a high note,” Kinsey Schofield told GB News, according to Marie Claire. “Harry has thrown a spanner in the works as he is desperate to get it refined in the light of the Queen’s death, her funeral and his father Charles taking the throne,” another source noted. Apparently, the publisher isn’t too happy with the memoir as it is too emotional.
Prince Harry Is "Hustling" to Remove Certain Stories From His Memoir After the Queen's Death, Royal Expert Claims https://t.co/ZVMpO1zKmb— Marie Claire (@marieclaire) September 26, 2022
“The publishers paid $20 million upfront because they knew whatever was written would be huge for sales and exposure all around the world,” the source revealed. “But the first draft they received was disappointing as it was a bit too emotional and focused far more on mental health issues than they wanted. Eventually, the final draft has been finished and signed off and a lot of money and energy has been spent to make sure it comes out this year.” Considering the amount of investment gone into releasing this, it will be disappointing for the publishing company if the release is delayed and the Prince requests for any more changes. However, there may be certain things “which might not look so good” if the memoir comes out so soon after the queen’s death.
Which is why the Duke, “...is hustling, trying to get some items removed, trying to work around some of the stories he’s told in his book.” Adding to that, Schofield said, “However, that just might not be an option at this time, if he really does want that fall release date close to Christmas to get the Christmas rush, those pages may already be on the printer.” This untimely death has also affected Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex who has been hosting a very successful podcast titled Archetypes, of which three episodes are out. As of now, the episodes have featured Serena Williams, Mariah Carey and Mindy Kaling. The podcast is currently on hold owing to the official mourning period for Her Majesty the Queen.
“I have also heard that there are edits being made to Meghans’s upcoming podcast interviews to ensure that nothing insensitive or insulting is said in the direction of the Royal Family,” Schofield mentioned. “According to sources, Harry did not anticipate so much love for the family over the last few weeks. Harry is intimidated by the reaction, so much love for his grandmother and so much love for King Charles and Queen Consort, Camilla. He was taken aback by that and that’s what got him into this whirlwind,” she concluded.
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