Kate and William thought commercialising royals ‘not right to do’
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Prince Harry’s relationship with his brother, the Prince of Wales appears to have been further damaged before the much-anticipated memoir titled ‘Spare’ even hit the shelves. Prince William has reportedly “barely spoken” to the Duke of Sussex since the book’s release date was announced by the publisher, Penguin Random House, on Thursday this week.
The book, as well as an audiobook version of it read by Prince Harry, will be published on January 10, 2023.
In its description, the publisher promised “raw, unflinching honesty” on the Duke’s side of how he experienced his mother’s death and the developments that followed within the royal household.
‘Spare’ is marketed as being “full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief”, and is expected to cause a stir among the Royal Family.
But since the announcement of the release date, Prince William has barely said a word to Harry, sources told The Sun.
Professor Pauline MacLaran of Royal Holloway, University of London, said the book could be a “very personal and emotional account”.
Asked about what she revelations she expects to read in the book when it hits the shelves, Ms MacLaran told Express.co.uk: “I expect the book will contain details of his growing up within the royal household.
“This will mean revisiting his mother’s death and the lead-up to it, I imagine, with the turbulent years that preceded it – in particular, the warring relationship between Charles and Diana and how that impacted on him. It is likely to be a very personal and emotional account.”
The book was initially due to be published by the end of 2022, however, following Queen Elizabeth II’s death, it was reported that Prince Harry went back to rewrite and tone down the content, as a sign of respect to the late monarch.
Asked what sort of impact the book’s content is likely to have on the Royal Family and the public opinion of the monarchy, the Professor stressed that the content could cause “distress”.
She told Express.co.uk: “Obviously this will depend on the nature of the content and how critical it is of other royals.
“Harry is said to have toned done certain parts and that is why the publication has been put back until January.
“However, there is bound to be a lot of content that distresses the royals, whether on Harry’s account and the pain he has suffered, or the criticisms he levels at other members of his family.”
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The Professor suggested that the book will work positively for Prince Harry’s reputation and popularity, especially among young people, as the Duke aims to rebrand from a royal to a humanitarian.
The Marketing and Consumer Research Professor said: “I think the book is likely to gain a lot of support from the younger generation (especially Gen Z) who will see Harry as challenging tradition and overcoming many problems he has had due to his upbringing.
“As such, they are likely to find him relatable and someone they can empathise with. Harry certainly appears to be positioning the book in this way. We really need to wait and hear more about the content.
“For me, this is Harry trying to carve out his own identity and making the transition from his past life as a royal to his new one as a humanitarian and preparing the ground to be accepted in this new role.”
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