Prince Harry’s new memoir announcement was a hot topic on This Morning’s View and Camilla Tominey and Gyles Brandreth were on hand to give their opinions on the matter. Camilla, who specialises in royal journalism, referenced the Queen “disowning” a former nanny after she published “secrets of royal life”. Is this a warning to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who is set to “tell his story”? While the details of the book won’t be known until it is published in late 2022, Gyles thinks a movie will be created off the back of it.
“What I think is interesting, [going back] to your phone in there, ‘am I being unreasonable?’” Camilla began. “Might be a question Prince Charles and the Queen ask themselves this morning.
“Since Harry and Meghan departed to the US wanting to live a quieter life and below radar and I think it’s raising eyebrows, not just having these Netflix deals and opening to their hearts to Oprah Winfrey, but this unprecedented memoir.
“The royals don’t look kindly on people who write books about them,” she continued.
“Famously, the Queen disowned her own nanny, Marion Crawford because she wrote down the secrets of royal life.
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“So I think this is going to cause quite a lot of consternation behind Palace gates today,” Camilla added.
Gyles said: “When Prince Charles and Diana did this in the 1990s, it just caused a lot of heartache – spilling the beans, letting it all hang out, may be good therapy for them but it would be certainly brilliant box office.
“And eventually, I think will be a movie – they’ve chosen an interesting ghostwriter, I say this because I imagine Meghan has been involved in this some way.
“Anyway, Harry and Meghan have chosen a ghostwriter in the shape of JR Moehringer who is a Pulitzer award-winning novelist, who has also written the biographies of other people like the founder of Nike,” he explained.
“But his books have a tendency to be turned into movies.
“So I think we’re going to see Prince Harry’s book – which won’t be called Recollections May Vary – we’re going to see it coming out next autumn, not this year, the following and then the year after, we’ll see a movie – this on with run and run.”
Speaking about the memoir, Prince Harry said: “I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become. 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 first-hand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”
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The publishers added: “In an intimate and heartfelt memoir from one of the most fascinating and influential global figures of our time, Prince Harry will share, for the very first time, the definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses and life lessons that have helped shape him.
“Covering his lifetime in the public eye from childhood to the present day, including his dedication to service, the military duty that twice took him to the frontlines of Afghanistan.
“And the joy he has found in being a husband and father, Prince Harry will offer an honest and captivating personal portrait, one that shows readers that behind everything they think they know lies an inspiring, courageous, and uplifting human story.”
Markus Dohle, the CEO of Penguin Random House, said: “All of us at Penguin Random House are thrilled to publish Prince Harry’s literary memoir and have him join the world-renowned leaders, icons, and change-makers we have been privileged to publish over the years.