Harry’s ‘bitter’ book bad for King and shouldn’t be published, says expert

The title of Prince Harry's upcoming memoir "sounds bitter" and "bodes ill" this early into his dad King Charles' reign, according to a royal expert.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams reckons that the book "should never" be published.

Today (Thursday, October 27) publishers Penguin Random House confirmed that the Duke of Sussex's book will be titled "Spare".

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The potentially explosive memoir has been confirmed for worldwide release on January 10, 2023.

The book's website promises that the "landmark publication" will be "raw" with "unflinching honesty" as Harry offers "insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief".

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams explained that, for the "cynically minded", the title references the "heir and a spare" that any Queen or King is expected to produce.

Fitzwilliams told the Daily Star that this "implies the author feels in the shadow of an elder brother and may well give details".

"This bodes ill as does the timing so early in King Charles' reign for any reconciliation with the Royal Family. It sounds bitter," he said.

"This is a book that should never have been published and the title bodes ill, as do the 'raw' and 'unflinching' details promised."

Fitzwilliams also noted how even Edward VIII, known as the Duke of Windsor after his abdication, "waited well over a decade" before penning his memoir following his departure from the Royal Family over his marriage to divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson.

He concluded: "This is ill-advised and in the interviews and serialisation that are likely to precede it’s publication there is likely to be a good deal of trouble for the Royal Family too."

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Spare was due to be released before Christmas this year, but has been pushed back following reports that Harry reworked sections after the Queen's death.

Despite the delay, the book looks set to be as explosive as many hope, presumably discussing the rows between Harry, the King and Prince William following the former's departure from the Royal Family alongside wife Meghan Markle.

Last week a royal insider told The Daily Beast: "There is one chapter in particular that could spell big trouble for Charles."


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