Harry to ignore ‘gnashing of teeth’ over memoir clash with Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

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The Duke of Sussex is facing criticism after he took a two-hour flight home to California on a private jet. He had taken part in a charity polo match, his first public appearance since welcoming his daughter Lilibet in June. Businessman and one of his polo friends, Marc Ganzi, is said to have provided the jet that left Aspen, Colorado after the game.

Harry has long been outspoken on the climate crisis, urging everyone to play their part and help slow the pace of human-induced global warming, describing it as one of the “most pressing issues we are facing”.

It is not the first time he has faced backlash for using private jets – touted as one of the worst modes of transport for the environment.

After recently announcing he was writing his memoirs, many recoiled at the date the book is set to be published: next year.

It will clash with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – the 70th anniversary of her accession – and Prince William’s landmark 40th birthday.

Marlene Koenig, a royal expert, said that while she could see why Harry might want to publish his memoirs in 2022, there would be no shortage of anger aimed in his direction.

She told Express.co.uk: “There will be people who will argue that he shouldn’t do it, who say, ‘Harry, I know you want to tell your story, but don’t you think you might want to wait another year to get more into this book, to also talk about what’s it’s like to be living in California?

“‘Adjusting from that life where your life is defined, now you get up in the morning and you can decide what coffee you’re going to drink and you can probably get it yourself.’

“But I’m not going to be in the camp that says he did this because of the Platinum Jubilee; I think it’s coincidence, and that it would have happened regardless simply because right now is the best time.

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“The interest is still very high in the two of them, so why not?

“It just happens to be on the jubilee.

“I’m sure there’s gnashing of teeth, but I just think from a perspective in terms of value, I could be wrong, but this would be the time to do it because the attention is still fresh and the story is still fresh.”

Prince Charles and William are reportedly “nervous” about what the memoir might contain.

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Last month, a source close to the situation told US Weekly that the Firm as a whole was “shaken up” by it.

They said: “They [Charles and William] haven’t received a copy yet and don’t know what to expect. It’s making them nervous.”

In a statement announcing the book, Harry said: “I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become.”

He continued: “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.”

According to the publisher, the book will include “the definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons that have helped shape” Harry’s point of view.

It said: “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.”

Reports suggest that the Duke secured a handsome £14.5million deal with the publisher.

Although, proceeds from the book will go to charity.

Meanwhile, following their statement that they were “speechless” at the events unfolding in Afghanistan, Meghan Markle and Harry donated to the Women For Afghan Women (WAW) organisation via their slick Archewell Foundation in support of efforts to “evacuate and relocate” families.

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