It was announced yesterday that the Duke of Sussex, 36, is releasing the book which will share his ‘adventures, losses and life lessons’.
And if Harry and his wife Meghan Markle’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey is anything to go by, the memories, which he has reportedly worked on for a year, are also likely to contain several bombs.
Since leaving the royal family last year, the Sussexes have used the TV interview, as well as the Duke’s conversation with James Corden, to discuss their time in the cabinet and the fallout behind the palace walls.
Announcing the new book yesterday, Harry said: “I am writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become.
“I have worn many hats over the years, literally and figuratively, and I hope that by telling my story – the ups and downs, the mistakes, the lessons learned – I can help show that little no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think. “
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It’s unclear exactly what will be included in the book, which is due out next year, but it may well shed new light on why he and his wife Meghan Markle left the firm to move to the United States. .
A source told the Mirror that the thought of Harry’s book had triggered a ‘tsunami of fear’ in royal circles.
But what unanswered questions about Harry and Meghan could be addressed in the book? Here we take a look …
The “royal racist”
One of the most shocking lines in Harry and Meghan’s revealing interview with Oprah Winfrey in March was a claim that Harry had ‘conversations’ within the royal household about the dark skinned son Archie before he was born .
During the interview, Meghan declined to say who the conversations had taken place with, saying it would be “very detrimental” to them.
Later in the conversation Harry also said he would never reveal details of the conversations – although it was later reported that the comments were not made by the Queen or the late Duke of Edinburgh.
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After the interview aired, a statement was released by the Queen, which said: “The issues raised, in particular that of race, are of concern. Although some memories may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be treated by the family in private.
“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of the family. “
Meanwhile, Prince William hit back at the claims and insisted they were “not really a racist family” when asked by a reporter.
But will Harry reveal more details about this in his new book?
How did the royal family react to Oprah’s revealing interview?
It wasn’t just the breed claim that made headlines in Harry and Meghan’s conversation with Oprah.
Other bombshells made by the couple included Meghan revealing she was having suicidal thoughts, and Harry saying he had felt ‘abandoned’ by his father Prince Charles and had been cut financially.
At the time of the interview, it was reported that the Queen had not watched the show live but received a detailed briefing from her staff over breakfast.
But what did she and other royals think about the interview? Will Harry reveal everything in his book?
What really happened at the top of Sandringham?
In January 2020, Harry and Meghan made the shocking announcement that they would step down from the royal family and become financially independent.
This prompted the Queen to hold crisis talks with her grandson at Sandringham in a bid to find a solution to Meghan and Harry’s future roles.
They were joined by Prince Charles and Prince William in what has been dubbed the Sandringham Summit.
After the two-hour meeting, the Queen released a rare statement, in which she said they had “had constructive discussions about the future of my grandson and his family”.
He added, “My family and I fully support their desire to create a new life.
“While we would have preferred them to remain active full-time members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their desire to live a more independent life while remaining a valued part of my family. “
In Robert Lacey’s book Battle of the Brothers, it is claimed that Prince William felt betrayed and refused to have lunch with his brother.
Is Harry going to tell all about what happened at the top?
What happened with Meghan’s dad?
Since marrying Harry in May 2018, Meghan has been estranged from her father Thomas, who lives in Mexico.
In fact, Prince Harry never met his stepfather and it is believed that Thomas also did not meet his grandchildren Archie and Lili.
Thomas was sadly absent from the couple’s wedding after suffering a heart attack triggered by ’emotional stress’.
He was also caught in a pre-wedding media storm as he was caught staging photos for the press.
He has given several television interviews, including conversations on Good Morning Britain, in which he called Harry “rude” and accused him of failing to protect his daughter.
After Oprah’s interview, Thomas appealed to his daughter and son-in-law for a reconciliation, saying he wanted to be in touch with them.
So will the book reveal if they made contact?
What caused the breakup with William?
There has been a lot of speculation about the growing rift between Harry and his older brother William.
This was reportedly sparked by William’s concerns over Harry’s rapidly developing relationship with Meghan and the tense feud quickly spilled over.
The young prince then claimed in Oprah’s interview that his brother was “trapped” in the royal system.
According to friends, William was “very upset” and “shaken” by the claims, with his head “all over the place”.
Since the interview, the brothers have met twice – at Prince Philip’s funeral in April and at the unveiling of a statue of their late mother, Princess Diana, in July.
Will Harry’s book explain in more detail what caused the feud and if it is still bubbling up?
Has he informed the queen of Lilibet’s name?
Last month Harry and Meghan welcomed their second child – a daughter named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten Windsor.
In a statement, they said: “Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet.
“Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, the Princess of Wales. “
The Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April, used the name Lilibet as a pet for the monarch, although it was originally given to him by his grandfather, King George V, due to the way she pronounced her own name.
But there have been various reports as to whether the couple have asked the Queen for permission to use their surname.
The couple’s spokesperson told the New York Post that Harry first spoke to his grandmother and revealed his hopes to name his first daughter in her honor.
They added that if the Queen had not approved Harry would not have used the name.
But a senior Palace source told the BBC the conversation was “an eye opener, not a request.”
The BBC account prompted a legal letter from Harry and Meghan’s lawyers, which called the story “libelous.”
Will this be covered in the book?
What really happened before the wedding that made Kate and Meghan cry?
There have been numerous reports that Meghan made the Duchess of Cambridge cry during a bridesmaid dress just before her wedding to Harry.
But during her one-on-one with Oprah, Meghan claimed it was actually Kate who made her cry.
Meghan said she had now forgiven Kate, adding that she was a ‘good person’ and that Kate had sent her flowers to apologize for the incident.
Meghan says the incident was a “turning point” in terms of her time in the royal family.
It’s something that has fascinated fans, so people will want to see if Harry sheds light on this.
Who turned down Meghan’s help with her mental health issues?
During Oprah’s interview, Meghan opened up about her mental health issues and admitted that she had thoughts of suicide during her time with the Royal Family.
She explained that she “didn’t want to be alive anymore” and when asked directly if she was thinking about self-harming and having suicidal thoughts at some point, Meghan answered “yes”.
Meghan says Harry ‘rocked’ her when she told him, and he later admitted it sent him to a ‘dark place’.
When she asked the palace to seek professional help, Meghan said she was told she couldn’t get it.
Will Harry’s book reveal who exactly said that to Meghan?