The Duke of Sussex has announced he will share “mistakes and lessons learned” during his life in a memoir due to be published next year. As he disclosed the deal with publishers Penguin Random House, Prince Harry said he would reflect “the highs and lows” and be “accurate and wholly truthful”. Harry, who alongside his wife Meghan stepped back from royal duties and relocated to California, US, will donate proceeds to charity.
The announcement of the book, the first time a prominent member of the Royal Family has ever written such a personal account of their life, reportedly took the Windsors by surprise.
One source told The Times it was greeted within the royal households with “big sighs” and another one close to Prince Charles said they were “surprised” by the news.
It comes after in a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey aired on CBS in March, Harry told Oprah he felt let down by his father for not showing enough support to him and Meghan.
Harry said: “There’s a lot to work through there.
“I feel really let down because he’s been through something similar.
“He knows what pain feels like, and Archie’s his grandson.
“At the same time I will always love him, but there’s a lot of hurt that’s happened.
“I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship, but they only know what they know.”
It was not the first time the Duke of Sussex spoke so openly about his relationship with his father, though.
During his time based at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan in 2013, the Duke spoke in great depth about the tensions and frustrations of being a royal who was craving life out of the spotlight.
He shed light on his disdain and distrust of some sections of the media and described how his father constantly reminded him to behave more like a member of the Royal Family.
The Prince, known as Captain Wales in the Army, explained his “three mes”.
He said: “One in the Army, one socially in my own private time, and then one with the family and stuff like that.
“So there is a switch and I flick it when necessary.”
He claimed his suspicion of the media was rooted in the treatment of his family when he was “very small” and that he couldn’t help monitoring the stories written about him.
Prince Harry added: “Of course I read them.
“If there’s a story and something’s been written about me, I want to know what’s being said.
“But all it does is just upset me and anger me that people can get away with writing the stuff they do.
“Not just about me, but about everything and everybody. My father always says, ‘Don’t read it’.
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“Everyone says, ‘Don’t read it, because it’s always rubbish’.”
Asked whether he felt more comfortable being Captain Wales than Prince Harry, he said: “Definitely.
“I’ve always been like that.
“My father’s always trying to remind me about who I am and stuff like that.
“But it’s very easy to forget about who I am when I am in the Army.
“Everyone’s wearing the same uniform and doing the same kind of thing.
“I get on well with the lads and I enjoy my job. It really is as simple as that.”