Prince Harry didn’t tell his dad about the memoir, there was ‘chaos’ in palaces

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I’m grateful for the gossip, of course, but I’m not actually looking forward to the year-long tantrum from the Windsors and the British media about Prince Harry’s memoir. It’s going to be “the story” for a full year in the royal press and I can’t help but wonder if their efforts might be better spent focusing on whatever is going on with William, Kate, Charles and the Wessexes.

Page Six broke the story about Harry’s memoir, because it seems like they have some genuine sources within New York-based publishing houses like Penguin Random House. Page Six’s sources say that Harry received “at least $20 million upfront to publish his memoirs.” While Harry said that he plans to donate the proceeds of the book to charity (my guess is the proceeds will go straight into Archewell’s charity wing), he is possibly keeping the $20 million advance. Oh, and his ghost-writer J.R. Moehringer is getting $1 million as an advance.

Of course there’s already gossip about who knew what and when. I tend to believe the British papers and most of the Windsors were “blind-sided” by the news, and that’s what Page Six claims too – that Charles wasn’t told and there was “chaos” in the palace:

Prince Harry didn’t tell his father, Prince Charles, about his plans to release an explosive memoir — leaving palace officials to find out only when Page Six broke the story, multiple sources tell us. One palace source told Page Six that Charles, the heir to the throne, was “surprised” by the announcement Monday that Harry would come out with a book.

“No one knew,” another royal insider said. “There was chaos when the Page Six story came out.”

Although it’s believed that Harry did inform his grandmother the Queen about the book, a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex told Page Six that he would not be expected to obtain permission for a project like this from Buckingham Palace.

The spokesperson added that Harry “very recently” spoke privately with his family about the memoir.

[From Page Six]

LOL, one of my first thoughts was how the Queen apparently drove herself over to Frogmore Cottage as soon as Harry arrived in late June and how we didn’t hear about anything they discussed. Did Harry once again tell his grandmother something in confidence and she didn’t tell her courtiers? Hahahaha. As for not telling Charles… well, why would he tell Chaz? Charles told the Sussexes to sink or swim. They’re swimming.

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  1. Oh_Hey says:

    But his telling Chaz (and all of us) more than a year before it’s schedule to come out. You can’t be blindsided by something that’s a year away unless you think dirt (that Harry’s already dished by the way) is coming. I don’t even expect new revelations or tea – they’re just mad it’s even happening.

    • Harla says:

      I disagree, I think that there’s lots more stories to be told but based on Harry’s press release I don’t believe that the royals will be the main part of his story as they were never even mentioned in that press release. Which might bother them even more, one of their own has led such a full life that they’re nothing more than a footnote.

    • Mac says:

      From the press release the memoir doesn’t seem explosive at all. Harry wants to share the stories of people who have inspired him during difficult and good times. It sounds very sweet.

    • Liz version 700 says:

      How dare he speak the truth. Windsor’s never speak the truth and they are supposed to kiss up to the FK and FFK. Charles and William never knew this man. I cannot stop laughing at the King of Saltine Island as he realizes his terrible behavior and his heir’s evil disposition are out there for all to see. You put your family’s lives in danger to prove a petty point. They swam for their lives and they are doing pretty well for themselves

  2. Seraphina says:

    Great pic of Wills and Chuck – I shook my head as I looked at it. Those two are cut from the same cloth.

    And yes, when you tell someone to sink or swim and they swim – don’t be salty. Petty Chuck. And what kind of father is salty/jealous of his son’s success.

    • ADS says:

      I think/hope the The Firm (incl Charles and Willnot the Incandescent) is eaten alive by what he may reveal. They continue to be shocked that he is making a very successful life for himself and his wife and children, on his own terms and without their help. That he does his thing despite their unhinged attacks is just… *chefs kiss*. He has genuine strength of character where they just play act.

      I wonder if it also galls them that the people who protect M&H, look out for them and generally have their back are black people with incredible influence, wealth and power, who also enjoy greater goodwill than them in the US and in a lot of quarters in the UK (Tyler Perry, Oprah, Gail King, Beyonce, etc.).

      • Christine says:

        I’m wondering the same exact thing now. If we were talking about Tom and Rita Hanks, Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox, and Posh and Becks, instead of Tyler Perry, Oprah, and Gayle, this conversation would be very different.

      • Where'sMyTiara says:

        What’s low key hilarious, is HOW FAST Workshy and Chuckles the Clown ran to their Rota Rats. THEY PANICKING. It’s been what, 24hrs? And they’re already falling all over the place telling on themselves! Harry never once mentioned Camilla, and yet that’s what Charles ordered the Rota to lead with. LMAO. KP, CH/BP will be telling on themselves for the next year, and the tabloid press will do far more damage to the Palaces than they will to H&M, who have their life locked down.

    • RoyalBlue says:

      seraphina i love when Kaiser prints that photo, i can’t help but cackle. those two hate each other. that fake love photo, meant to spite harry, is a joke.

      • Seraphina says:

        RoyalBlue, I love the pics because they drive home so much of what Kaiser is writing saying and then some A picture is worth a thousand words. It’s pretty hilarious. I especially like the one of Liz with her face all scrunched up that was in one of the posts today. Like she’s saying: say what????

    • booboocita says:

      It’s always funny when someone says to someone else, “Take it or leave it,” then is upset when someone else leaves it. Why get mad? You gave them the choice!

  3. girl_ninja says:

    As for not telling Charles… well, why would he tell Chaz? Charles told the Sussexes to sink or swim. They’re swimming.


    Keep on living Harry and Megs. Life is too short to live in fear and regret. Or incandescent rage.

    • Truthiness says:

      Charles is so performative in his shunning, it’s becoming comical. He stopped taking phone calls from Harry and he makes it a big point to fly out of town whenever his son comes to the UK. You simply cannot complain about not being informed. Also, why get upset about a memoir, unless you have something to hide? What behavior of the family or the courtiers are they are afraid to be revealed? Most memoirs are written where the family of the author is fine with it. The royals and the Firm are acting like guilty people.

  4. Snuffles says:

    I think he told the Queen when he was there and she kept it secret. I’m hoping she told him to go for it. I believe he promised to preserve HER legacy but he’ll spill all about his personal experiences with Charles and William.

    • Chaine says:

      I think he told the queen and she didn’t tell anyone else because she immediately forgot about it. Just look at how she acts and what she says nowadays, she’s clearly not 100% there.

      • Becks1 says:

        I also think the queen probably doesn’t care that much at this point in time. She’s basically untouchable, there will be more perspective on her in decades to come but right now her image is pretty set. Harry is not going to bash her in this memoir. So for the rest she’s probably like, meh, maybe William shouldn’t have been such a racist asshat, where’s my gin?

      • Seraphina says:

        @Chaine, I choked on my breakfast reading your comment about Lizzy forgetting. I also agree with @Becks1.

      • equality says:

        After Charles’ authorized bio complaining about her and Phil maybe she thinks he has it coming.
        @Becks1 That’s hilarious. The Queen may be ticked off that Will drove Harry away.

      • Jais says:

        Where’s my gin? Lol becks1! Really hope that was her reaction.

      • Aud says:

        Becks1- I agree, I don’t she cares for Will at all. TQ has always preferred Harry. He’s a good person and I think she respects his strong work ethic, especially compared to Will and Kate.

        TQ keeping secrets for Harry and Meghan makes her a lot more likable honestly. Good for her.

  5. Golly Gee says:

    Or once Harry found out that page six was coming out with the story, he scrambled to phone his grandmother. If not for the leak, he would’ve had lots of time to tell her down the road closer to the publishing date. I can’t imagine him telling anyone early for fears of it leaking to the media and the resulting sht storm.

  6. Gigi says:

    Half in/half out doesn’t sound so bad now, does it Chuck?

    • Becks1 says:

      Right?? As we’ve said on here countless times at this point – the royals had a chance to control what Harry and Meghan did. They rejected that option, so here we are.

      • TigerMcQueen says:

        There had to be one person at the palace smart enough to think “hey, maybe if he’s out of the firm, he could do talk about this here…maybe…” At least thought of it. and then obviously rejected it.

        This just solidifies my thinking that they really, really, really thought Harry would divorce Meghan or fail so badly on his own that he’d come back to them with this tail between his legs. So they either believed their own spin (that Harry was the screw up ne’er do well) or they judged him by their own mediocre standards.

      • Christine says:

        I think they legitimately thought they were going to come out on top, because, after all, they always have, in their estimation.

    • Kalana says:

      Charles wanted it. It was the great statesman Prince William who wanted the Sussexes completely out.

      Lol, William is so dumb.

      And if only Charles could get past his obsession with making Camilla Queen, he wouldn’t have been so dependent on William’s support. Camilla has not been good for Charles. She has always been his Achilles’ heel.

    • Myra says:

      I just said the same in another post. They were offered a good thing but they were too filled with hate and anger to see it. Now, look how it’s all coming back to bite them.

  7. Merricat says:

    I very much doubt that Harry announced an “explosive” memoir. Page 6 is one of the worst for hack writing.

    • Jais says:

      This leak really annoys me. So someone in the publishing house leaked to page 6? Imagine Harry had a plan on how he wanted his memoir announced. Hope that sh*t gets shut down bc you know they’re gonna be trying to get a copy of the manuscript before it’s released.

      • anance says:

        Penguin knows what it’s doing. This is a year worth of free publicity.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        anance, I’m sure that Penguin knows what it’s doing, but I wonder if included in their contract with Harry was a condition that the book wouldn’t be publicized before a specific date. I could see H putting something like that in a contract. If so, Penguin will be hunting down the leaker and firing them.

      • Feeshalori says:

        According to Lainey, the leak came through a publishing source tied to the ghostwriter. Page 6 then reached out to the publisher and that’s when RH issued the press release.

    • Soupie says:

      Adding my voice to the “Page 6 is so disgusting” crowd.

  8. Chica says:

    Didn’t Charles run away to Wales and Scotland the last two times Harry was in the Uk?
    Don’t Harry have to all the courtiers if she wants to speak to Charles? It’s not Harry’s fault dad couldn’t separate being a parent from being a firm member. Sounds like a predictable outcome.

    • OriginalLeigh says:

      Exactly. Charles goes out of his way to make sure everyone knows that he’s skipping town just to snub his own son, and then has the audacity to complain that Harry didn’t tell him? When would he have told him???

  9. Lori says:

    Disappointed to hear about the leak at Random house. Would have much preferred a completed, signed copy to appear on the doorstep of CH and KP with no advance warning.

  10. Sofia says:

    Isn’t he in his late 30s? Why does he need to ask? Especially as he doesn’t work for the royals anymore.

    And it’s a shame Page Six leaked it. Announcing it closer to the release date would have minimised the amount the press would have to throw tantrums about it before it came out but it sadly wasn’t in Harry’s control.

  11. S808 says:

    *eye roll* Here we go. He doesn’t need to notify any of them, Queen included. It’s a book about HIS life.

  12. taris says:

    the palace had no idea, of course, what harry was going to do – because they never do these days.
    they better get used to being “blindsided” – there’s no logical reason why the sussexes would need to check in with them before their every move.

    page six does have some sources, clearly, but thank goodness they found out only shortly before the official announcement.
    the funniest thing i saw all day yesterday was sky news interrupting their programming to announce the ‘breaking news’ that prince harry was writing a book (that will not be released for another year, lol).

  13. Louise177 says:

    Why do the tabloids and press keep saying that the family weren’t told? Why would they be? Harry isn’t a working Royal and doesn’t need permission.

  14. Elvie says:

    I’m mad for them that this was leaked because now we get 15 months of positing on the contents of the book. However, they wouldn’t be foaming at the mouth if they weren’t afraid.

    I always think about how Harry is such a Virgo and I read yesterday “Virgos get revenge but telling everyone what you did,” and this is very much Harry’s vibe.

    • taris says:

      i envy other signs their ease with self-expression … we cancers just stew and stew until we explode, lol.

      • Spikey says:

        YES taris, fellow cancer here and so agree with you. My daughter comments some times that she knows I’m upset and just like a (cancer) crab I am hiding in my shell.

  15. lanne says:

    The royals are still bitter that Harry swam when he was supposed to sink. They had a treasure in Harry that they squandered thoughtlessly and stupidly. The more they bash him and Meghan and their children, the more cowardly, abusive, and racist they show themselves to be. Will every communique the make over the next few years be Hatred toward Harry and Meghan? With all of the problems of Brexit, will they really waste time on the parliament floor stripping titles, when HRH Pedo is still running around?

    Harry isn’t coming back. The royals and the BM need to accept that and move on.

    • Merricat says:

      Outrage stops selling papers at a certain point. The cognitive dissonance between what the palace says about Harry and Meghan and what Harry and Meghan actually do in the world grows more obvious as the faux fury approach continues.

    • taris says:

      people are angry and they will take it out on anyone and everyone. the constant rage at h+m has never really made actual sense, but it seems that too many people out there (commentators, reporters, trolls, suburban stepfords, etc) will project their own shit on who/whatever is in sight. sadly, h+m are somewhat caught in this bizarre culture war nonsense.

  16. sherry says:

    But how much more is there for Harry to tell?

    • Merricat says:

      I would be interested in hearing more about his military service, as he is greatly loved by them.
      I think Harry has led an interesting life, apart from his mother’s death and his marriage to an activist actor from the U.S.

    • MsIam says:

      Well by the way some folks are reacting, a lot, lol. But yeah, I’m sure he’ll touch on a lot of things, especially pre-Meghan.

    • Harper says:

      @sherry Harry has lived a big life before he met Meghan. His father, Prince Charles, authorized a biography when he was not a lot older than Harry is, and that book was 620 pages. So, in answer to your question, there is obviously a lot more that Harry can tell.

    • taris says:

      what is it exactly do people *think* they know about harry already such that he apparently should never speak ever again?
      genuinely curious here.

      • swirlmamad says:

        EXACTLY THIS. People are getting so caught up in this supposed “fatigue” of hearing about Harry and Meghan without realizing they are walking right into the trap the BM has set for them.

  17. Serena says:

    Of course he didn’t tell Chaz, it’s not like they’re talking. Also, the fact that TQ knew and kept this private too, lmao, I love it so much!!

  18. Amy Bee says:

    LOL. I’m laughing at the thought that Harry is telling the Queen what’s going on in his life and she’s keeping it to herself. I do wonder if she’s doing this not only as an act of love and support for Harry but out of rebellion against the system. I’m not absolving the Queen of everything that has happened but I think I have a greater understanding of her situation. As for Charles, eff him. He was participant in the smear campaign and deserved no forewarning about the book.

    • C-Shell says:

      This is the part of the ongoing saga that I enjoy the most! I know it’s silly to form opinions about a person’s character from a fictionalized series (The Crown), but I sense that QEII is well-able and very practiced at compartmentalizing her relationships and dealings with people. I honestly believe that she sees Harry, now, as her grandson, not a member of the Firm, or her official representative. The smile on her face as she drove out of Windsor Castle (hopefully to Frogmore Cottage) was so open, happy and genuine, it seems she feels a certain freedom these days that she simply can’t in her official role. I love the idea that she gets regular and full updates from H&M about what they’re doing and she doesn’t tell ANYONE. Including the horrible A. Kelly, apparently.

    • equality says:

      I’m just amazed that a tabloid will admit the Queen knew and not try to go with the “poor little old grandmother was blindsided”. If Charles is leaking this he is probably ticked off at Liz as well as Harry.

      • JT says:

        I am fascinated by the queen’s relationship with Harry. She seems to know all of the ins and outs of what’s going on with him and she tells the rest of the family and the firm nada. I would actually love an honest accounting of the queen’s later years because she does not seem to give one fuck about the family or firm. I think she knows Chuckles and Will Jung Un are going to burn it all down when she dies.

  19. Athena says:

    Charles should have kept taking Harry’s calls and meet with him when he was in London like a real father would.
    I wonder if they realized that they blew it by not accepting the half in half out or are the decision makers doubling down.

  20. Songs (Or it didnt happen) says:

    Okay y’all, I am making a royal family reaction press release Bingo card. So far, I’ve got:

    Shocked and saddened
    Fear for what the stress will do to aged Queen
    Kate is a rock / peace maker / comfort to TOB

    Incandescent with Rage is a free space because that is always William’s reaction.

    • taris says:


    • Eating Popcorn says:

      Bingo –
      Keen in Waiting

    • Jaded says:

      Former actress Meghan Markle forces hapless Harry to write memoir!

    • Beana says:

      Oooh, I’ll help!

      Disrespecting Poor Philip just after he died
      Just like his great-uncle Edward (who also married an American divorcee)
      Deriliction of duty (in context of Harry being a veteran and somehow he’s being a traitor)
      Strip his titles!
      Harry’s shaky mental health

      I’d suggest making it a drinking game, but I don’t think my liver could handle it. 🙄

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      Prince Phillip rolling in his grave
      Kate the revolutionary
      Kate should wrest the sceptor out of QEII’s hand and rule
      Prince Phillip rolling in his grave
      William is the Keener King and skipping Chuck is the answer
      William has furthered his environmental initiatives by incandescently powering London
      Prince Phillip sits up in his grave

      I think they ought to lay off Prince Phillip–the guy’s dead, let it go.

  21. Athena says:

    All these people are going to tell on themselves in anticipation of what Harry may say.
    They’re going to make a mess of it the way they did before the Oprah interview when they thought they were getting ahead of what Harry and Meghan would say.

  22. Kfg says:

    I bet it’s completely published by Christmas. Lolol PWBT showed his ass again and Harry is done. I kind of feel like Betty wants to be the last monarch and is ok with Harry keeping Charles from the crown

    • Shirleygail says:

      OmyGoodness…this is a new and interesting take. If Betty WANTS to be the last monarch….her not stepping in to stop them makes more sense (though she did tell them not to respond, and Willy broke the rules of obeying The Queen). So maybe she is all: you broke it you own it. This mess you made is yours to clean up. I’ve got my legacy set already and you guys just blew it all up so shame on you and now you have no monarchy AND no money. Your turn to Sink or Swim!
      I’m gonna look at everything from this perspective now, that Betty wants to be the last monarch.

  23. Lizzie Bathory says:

    I’m interested in Harry’s book even though he won’t get into the juicy stuff (William’s affairs, Camilla swilling gin & spilling decades old gossip, Charles being a weird posh farmer, Andrew, etc).

    But I think the “palaces in chaos” is the space to watch here. While I’m sure Harry didn’t tell Charles & probably told Liz in person (or on the granny burner phone lol), I think in this case “Charles” is a stand-in for the courtiers. They know they’ve bungled things badly & have many secrets that they don’t want exposed. I think there’s a good chance Harry will blow up the “bullying investigation” nonsense. I’d love to see some of these folks go the way of Jason Knauf.

  24. HeatherC says:

    “Well, gee, Dad…I would have told you when I was in town if you hadn’t run off and hid like a little b!tch. It’s when I told Granny. Imagine if you had taken my calls. Half in half out doesn’t look so bad now, does it Dad? Of course you have nothing to be ashamed of and nothing to hide, so my take on you will be gold right Dad?”

  25. keroppi says:

    I’m sure Charles ran all of his “unofficial” biographies past both his sons before they went to print and they were allowed to veto any stories that they didn’t want out there. Oh, wait……

  26. pearlime says:

    Is Harry trying to get the book out before Charles becomes king? I guess we’ll see.

    • Merricat says:

      Lol. I don’t think Penguin Random House is terribly concerned about that timeline.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      I’ll blame it on Ben Affleck. He’s more or less done filming Moehringer’s autobiography/memoir-which is a good book. BA wants attention for his movie. Harry isn’t trying anything before Charles becomes king. That would mean his Grandma dying and that isn’t something he wants to see right now. Book or not. Let’s blame Ben-he doesn’t mind the attention.

  27. Jen says:

    My reaction to the headline: Good!

  28. LMR says:

    If Chuck and Billy are “concerned” and nervous about what Harry will reveal in a truthful memoir, then they must have both behaved very badly indeed. It’s not the messenger’s fault if the truth hurts.

    Also, if cowardly Chuck hadn’t run to hide in Scotland when Harry came for the statue unveiling, and hadn’t been so afraid to have dinner with the one reasonable son that he has, there may have been an opportunity for a heads-up about the memoir. Too fucking bad.

  29. Over it says:

    Listen, Chucky. I would suggest if you want Harry to share his life with you then perhaps answer the phone when he calls. Or don’t tell your media friends that no one in the family is no longer supporting Harry and Meghan or ask the media to not throw racist slurs and abuse at your grandson. Or tell your incandescent man baby willyleaks to stop calling Harry wife that bloody woman. Or not taking away Harry security. Or not letting your media run rouged with hurtful smear campaign against your own son and his family, but what the heck do I know right Chucky? I mean you do you and Harry will do what he needs to do as an independent man who pays his own bills.

  30. rawiya says:

    It’s killing me how Meghan and Harry keep telling the Queen things, and she’s obviously learned her lesson and doesn’t tell anyone. There’s something funny about the three of them knowing this information that will set the others in a tizzy/fury/make them incandescent with rage.

  31. RoyalBlue says:

    it’s so easy to yank the palace’s chain. they are easily distracted by absolutely any news on the sussexes and are completely unable to focus on royaling with the big 7. maybe it’s harry playing with them by dropping these nuggets. ooh look a squirrel.

  32. fluffy_bunny says:

    They had the option to keep them half in and half out and they chose fully out in an effort to break their spirits. Turns out the Sussexes are unbreakable. Bad move Windsors. Sucks to be you.

  33. NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

    If Chuck and the rest of them wanted Harry to write better of him, HE should have behaved better. It’s not on Harry to keep his dirty secrets.

  34. GrnieWnie says:

    I just don’t get it. Harry is a public figure by virtue of his identity as a royal. This has been the case since his birth, and he has certainly paid individual costs for it. But the critics expect him to somehow make a living that…is entirely divorced from his identity as a royal. I guess they imagine he’ll toil away as some nameless engineer in a back room somewhere? Present himself as an expert scholar on X? Go to law school? What else is he going to do if not what every other public figure does…produce, write, and otherwise bring projects to the public on the basis of their public profile??

    • booboocita says:

      I know it’s not what you meant, but … wouldn’t it have been awesome if Harry and Meghan had moved to Silicon Valley instead of Montecito, and invented a few killer apps, partnered with Steve Wozniak or someone like that, and become dot-com bazillionaires? I’m just fantasizing, of course. But the idea of the two of them becoming tech titans and lording it over the RF is simply delicious …

      • lee says:

        This is America and they are young. Its still possible for them to become tech titans. Never say never. I wonder if this will make Prince Charles rethink his plans for kicking his siblings and neices to the curb when he comes to power. There is plenty of gold in those American hills.

  35. Meg says:

    A classmate in college got ‘ghosted’ from her first boyfriend. He wouldn’t pickup his phone, ignored texts and emails so the last one she sent was ‘ok i dont deserve this, we’re done.’
    He then complained to anyone who would listen that he got dumped via text and threw a pity party for himself

  36. Gubbinal says:

    Charles has written about 15 books. None of them have become massive best-sellers. So the idea of publishing a book is “royal” enough. I think that if Harry were to write about the flora of Santa Barbara or the history of 18th century schooners Charles would be delighted.

  37. Lizzie says:

    You are welcome Charles, no one is discussing Edward and the DoE title until this book is released.

  38. Cisne says:

    Until the lion tells the story the hunter will always be the hero -African proverb.