Do you believe that Prince Harry’s memoir will be an exercise in tea-spilling, score-settling and revisionist history? I don’t. It will probably be a lot like Finding Freedom – the earlier drafts will have more tea, but stuff will get taken out and it will be softened in the rewrite. And much like FF, the gentlest of Sleepy Time Tea will be exploited by the media as some kind of exploitation of the monarchy. Mostly, I believe he will be writing about himself, his mistakes and the lessons he’s learned along the way. But that will be enough to cause a year-long psychotic meltdown from Salt Island, and not just with the media and the monarchy. Did you know that Harry’s old party buddies are worried about what Harry will reveal too? From the Daily Mail’s Talk of the Town column:
It’s not just the Royal Family who are horrified that Prince Harry is writing a tell-all memoir. I can reveal that many of his old friends fear his scribbling could cause them huge embarrassment. Some are even warning that – after decades of loyal discretion – they are ready to dish the Royal dirt if the Prince’s book exposes their secrets.
For Harry’s chums from Eton, and the Forces pals that he left behind to live in California with Meghan, any unwanted revelations could be the final insult after years of them refusing to gossip about him.
A friend told me: ‘It feels very hypocritical given Harry chucked people out of his friendship group for talking to the press. There is a fear that he’s going to reveal details of his hedonistic youth which some worry will play havoc with their careers and personal lives.’
Another pal says ominously: ‘Harry’s mates have remained loyal to him… so far.’
As Harry, 36, has said that he will recount ‘experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons’, friends fear that it might paint them in a bad light. A source said: ‘If Harry slams any of his old school and military buddies in his new book they have pledged to break ranks to tell their story.’
The bad feeling began when some of Harry’s then inner circle were left off the list for the couple’s wedding reception to make room for new pals such as Oprah Winfrey and George Clooney. Even Harry’s wingman Tom ‘Skippy’ Inskip – famously by Harry’s side in 2012 when he stripped naked in a Las Vegas hotel room – was shunned by the prince when it came to the wedding reception at Frogmore House. And, a source says, Harry’s pals are nervous that ‘friendly emails have gone unanswered, which hasn’t instilled much confidence’.
Wow, so many of those “friends” are still big mad that Harry won’t engage with their crap! It’s almost as if Harry already cut them off when they did sh-tty things, like talk to the press about how Meghan was gauche at dinner parties, or how Mean Meghan is the reason why Harry isn’t a fun alcoholic anymore. Speaking of, the Sunday Times also had an article about What Harry Will Write, and this was included in the speculation:
“I never thought he was out of control then,” a source who reportedly knows Harry well told the Sunday Times about Harry’s “party prince years,” which may be one focus of the memoir. “In his new Californian guise, I think he’ll tell it honestly, framed in the context of his ‘journey’ towards ‘healing.’ I think there will be a lot of the old broken me versus the new fixed me who dealt with the pain, and a lot about Meghan as the woman who liberated me to deal with it all.”
I have no idea if this unnamed source was saying this in a shady way, but I kind of agree with this. I think it will be about Harry healing, etc. Harry probably won’t frame it as “Meghan the Liberator” but it’s inevitable that Harry will talk about how Meghan threw everything in his life into sharper relief.
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