Prince Charles offering an ‘olive branch’ to Harry to get him to postpone his memoir?

Britain's Prince Harry sits with his father Prince Charles, accompanying him to attend a coral reef health and resilience meeting with speeches and a reception with delegates at Fishmongers Hall in London, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. The event held Wednesda

People barely commented on the story about Prince Charles’s Newsweek cover, but I knew it was important because of the potential follow-up stories. Charles covers the current “Climate Change Issue” of Newsweek, and Charles wrote an essay in place of a cover interview. In the essay, he name-checked both of his sons and wrote that he is “proud” of them for their work in conservation and environmentalism. Simply a normal dad thing, correct? This was Charles simply acknowledging that he has two sons and they’ve both done work which fills him with pride. Except of course it was not that simple. One royal commentator suggested that this Newsweek name-check was part of an obvious scheme by Charles to encourage Prince Harry to postpone his memoir. These people.

Prince Harry could delay his bombshell memoir after Charles offered him an “olive branch” to heal their rift, a royal expert has said. The Duke of Sussex announced the release of his upcoming book last year, vowing to give a “wholly truthful” account of his life. The announcement was said to have triggered a “tsunami of fear” in Buckingham Palace, with concerns the memoir could echo Harry’s bombshell Oprah interview. Harry was also said to have “barely spoken” with his father last year, as their relations plummeted to “an all time low”.

But in an unexpected act of reconciliation this week, Charles paid tribute to Harry in a Newsweek essay, praising his son’s environmental work while sharing how “proud” he is of the duke for “passionately highlighting the impact of climate change”.And it’s believed his comments could help heal the ongoing father-son rift.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told the Sun Online: “I do think this tribute is very significant because this is one thing that Charles, William and Harry share in common and that is the need to fight climate change. Harry’s relations with his father have of course been extremely strained. The fact that Charles has done this in Newsweek, which has a large circulation in America, I think it’s clearly a form of an olive branch in the hope that there will be a form of reconciliation.”

Harry’s memoir, which is set to focus on his life in the public eye “from childhood to the present day” is expected to be released at some point in 2022. But Mr Fitzwilliams believes Charles’ latest comments could prompt his son to hold back the date of publication.

“I think if you offer an olive branch it’s only reasonable to expect something in return,” the expert said. “I would have thought that some form of postponement of the autobiography would be considered. Otherwise everything that is said to Meghan and Harry when they come over for the platinum jubilee celebrations – which I’m sure they will – could conceivably find it’s way into the book.”

Harry’s memoir is currently due out in the same year as the Queen’s platinum jubilee, meaning it has the potential to cast a shadow over celebrations. And Mr Fitzwilliams suggests things could be handled “so they don’t embarrass the Royal Family further this year…The Royal family need to know the pressure is being taken off them when it comes to this autobiography,” he added. “This is a way of handling it.”

[From The Sun]

How would that conversation go? Chaz: “So, I mentioned you in my Newsweek essay, I said I was proud of you.” Haz: “Thanks, I guess.” *awkward silence* Chaz: “So now that I’ve done something for you, will you postpone the publication of your book?” *the phone line goes dead* Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely believe that Charles and the courtiers have several hare-brained schemes to deter Harry from publishing his memoir. Failing that, Charles, William and the Queen will all be doing the most to smear Harry in advance of the book’s release. The problem there is that Tina Brown’s book is coming out just before Harry’s, and Brown’s book will likely get some major headlines too, and those headlines won’t be pleasant for the Windsors.

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  1. Rapunzel says:

    Um….Chuckles? You are wasting your time trying to butter up Harry. He isn’t in control of the publishing dates and deadlines. That would be the job of the *gasp shock* publisher.

    • The Hench says:

      Exactly. You’d think that, of all people, a journalist would know that…oh wait, they do. This is just more bo****ks to fill media space.

    • Guest says:

      How is a mention in a news article considered an “olive branch”? Charles would have to do more than that to reconcile with Harry. Wouldn’t private one on one conversations between Charles & Harry be the reason for any sort of truce? This Fitzwilliams guy is talking out of his ass. This is all conjecture on his part. He’s clueless as to whether H&M will attend the Jubilee and anything else involving the Sussexes

      • BothSidesNow says:

        That’s my question. How could a mention in a magazine be considered an olive branch? They are certainly stretching the truth in this narrative as NO olive branch was offered. But they have to come up with these idiotic claims as if Charles is the bigger man. Nope. Charles has never been the bigger man when it comes to Harry, and Meghan as well.

      • Midnight@theOasis says:

        It’s not an olive branch. This is just more RR fan fiction. These RRs are still obsessed with H&M and want folks to believe they have some knowledge or in with the Sussexes. They don’t. They can’t keep the Sussexes names out of their mouths because that’s the only way for them to generate clicks. Any mention of the dreadly dull and boring members of the BRF has to include some mention of H&M by these bottom dwelling RRs.

        “Otherwise everything that is said to Meghan and Harry when they come over for the platinum jubilee celebrations – which I’m sure they will – could conceivably find it’s way into the book.”

        Bitch please, you have no idea what H&M will do.

    • Scout says:

      If anyone wants to get Harry’s attention….

      They need to name-check Meghan and talk about her work and apologize to her.

      Because I think that’s where Harry’s pain and anger stems from. How his family treated his wife and how his family allowed the media and public to treat his wife.

      And Charles BS reaching out to his son is just public relations because he knows his era is gonna need A LOT of help.

    • Moxylady says:

      Ok. He did a sort of nice thing. That doesn’t negate the years of abuse nor the treatment of Meghan. Also the injured party offers an
      Olive branch. Not the abuser. Gaslighting straight to hell.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        Moxylady, I didn’t think of it as a nice thing. What I thought was that he was letting people know he still acknowledges that he has two sons. That’s it. This definitely wasn’t an olive branch. I can’t believe whether the BM are this idiotic or just plain clueless.

        Also, Newsweek is no longer the Nesweek of old. IIRC the magazine was sold to a company which is a fundamentalist religion. I have no idea what their circulation is now, but I don’t even click on articles of theirs so that they don’t make money off of me.

      • Debbie says:

        Oh dear, the bar is indeed set very low for the British royals if acknowledging you have 2 sons, not 1, constitutes a “nice thing.” Jeebus! I think people who live in the real world have to stop adopting the BM’s narratives, otherwise up will be down and down will be up.

  2. Mac says:

    The obsession over the jubilee is insane. Does anyone but the BRF even care?

    • Tessa says:

      And of course there is the Andrew scandal which is not going to go away and the Jubilee won’t change that.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      NO! No one really cares except for the amount of taxpayer money being spent on QEII’s big party.

    • JerseyCow says:

      And it’s not like omicron will magically have vanished by then so will the jubilee events even happen? I have a visual of queenie marching alone thru the halls at BP waving a flag singing rule britannia 👑

    • ecsMom says:

      I’m not British but I think this is a big deal for everyone. They get holidays, there will be tons of block parties and fun celebrations to enjoy. And unless William dies when George is 18 when will they have another platinum jubilee?

      What is bizarre is how the media decides nothing can happen to take away from the jubilee for a year. It’s partly the narcissistic BRF where you can’t outshine each other (making them only as interesting as the highest rank) and the other part the RR, BM using it as blackmail at their whim. As an American it is just so foreign that it’s expected nothing else happens besides this. Again I don’t think British people feel like that, I think they are looking forward to a historic party. They can handle news about Andrew and read Harry’s book and still enjoy this celebrating the Queen’s accomplishments.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        “What is bizarre is how the media decides nothing can happen to take away from the jubilee for a year.”

        No different than the excuses given when Philip was sick. Brit CBers, does the BRF really expect the world to come to screeching halt and operate on the BRF timetable? Does anyone think for a second that the jubilee would be put postponed and put on hold if HRH Duke of And-or-Wherever died so the BRF family could properly and respectfully mourn the passing of an HRH???

      • SomeChick says:

        if William were to pass before Charles is king, would George still be next? or would Harry then be stuck with the job? if so, I’m sure he’s wishing good health on TOB.

      • Lex says:

        @somechick the order of succession stands – Harry is behind George, Charlotte, and Louis regardless of their ages.

      • Debbie says:

        By the way, what ARE the queen’s accomplishments?

      • Jennifer says:

        On the one hand, that’s a once in a lifetime thing.

        On the other hand, between the queen’s age and Covid, it isn’t a guarantee that it’ll happen, either.

  3. Tessa says:

    Did he even mention Meghan? He should have spoken up for her.

    • Jan90067 says:

      It kills me to see this “happy family” pic. Meg was almost 3 mos. pregnant with Archie in this pic. She and Harry *knew* what these snobby racists thought of her, and her and Harry’s soon to be child. Yet they had to stand and pretend all is well.

      • HeyJude says:

        3 months pregnant so I’d venture to guess the skin color question had already been asked by this point, probably by someone in the photo.

        (Which certainly explains H&M’s timid smiles. Poor dears, you have to feel for them.)

      • aftershocks says:

        Hmmm, but the picture was taken sometime during the summer of 2018 and released in November 2018, in honor of Charles’ 70th birthday. If it was snapped in August, then yes, the Sussexes would have known about the pregnancy by then. Meg probably conceived sometime in July of 2018.

        I believe the issue of what M&H’s children would look like, was discussed with Harry before M&H were engaged. Harry may not have mentioned it to Meghan until it was brought up again by top firm members after M&H revealed the pregnancy to his family.

  4. blackfemmebot says:

    Let’s place our bets now CBers!!!

    I’m betting that Charles is seriously trying to bring H back into the fold through these meaningless and unasked for ‘olive branches’ and then over the jubilee take on a whole charm offensive in the hope that H will somewhat spare him in the autobiography. William on the other hand will tell everyone and their mother how incandescent he is that H showed up at all.

    • Rapunzel says:

      Charles definitely wants Harry back for his reign. It will fail, Charles will be mad, and then we’ll see more active beefing and briefing from Charles with both his boys.

    • Lizzie says:

      This is what I think too. The book is probably written and too late to change release date, contracts are involved and Harry can’t just call the publisher and say is dad wants it postponed.
      I do think Charles wants Harry as a part time royal when he is king and this is his olive branch.

    • Tessa says:

      William will get “incandescent” and I wonder if they still want Harry to “leave Meghan” and “go back to his family.” I think Charles is clueless enough to want that to happen.

    • DuchessL says:

      Charles wishes to get harry back lol but i have a feeling sh!t is gonna go down fast – the Queen seems to be not well – and charles needs to have all the respect he can from the people, so “please postpone your book pleaaaaaaaase Harry”

    • Ginger says:

      The book is probably already done. We will probably get a release date this month or next. It’s probably off to editors now. We will also get the book cover and name in the summer.

      • PrincessK says:

        I am quite sure that Harry will not want his book to take the headlines away from the main Jubilee events, even though his publishers would like that for maximum publicity. The Tina Brown book will definitely be launched at a point to extricate maximum publicity. I will be buying BOTH books. Tina Brown is thorough.

    • Becks1 says:

      Was it a two book deal, or am I misremembering? If so, the royal family better behave themselves for the foreseeable future. I also think the book (first one if there ARE two, unless I’m totally making that up, lol) is already written and is being edited, vetted by legal, etc.

      a mention in Newsweek isnt’ going to change Harry’s opinion of his father. Actions beyond that might.

      • PrincessK says:

        I understood that it was a three book deal that could be spread over 15 years or more.

  5. The book coming out Fall 2022 allows it to end after the jubilee drama, and, allows time for updates . Spring 2022 is a bit of a rush and I’m saying that about anyones situation. Personally yeah I’d handle it that way. Puts the RF on their best manners too.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    He wrote one mildly nice sentence about Harry, and then he expects Harry to not publish an entire book? One sentence is supposed to erase years of neglect and abuse?

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      Elizabeth, I wondered if PC has realized that if he tosses out a neutral sentence about Harry periodically then he links to good press because Harry is so well thought of. I don’t think it’s any more than that. It does give PC one up on PW that’s for sure. Man, these two are going to be very interesting to watch as time goes on. Kate and Mids are asking to be chopped off at the knees by PC, and I hope it will happen.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    He wrote one mildly nice sentence about Harry, and then he expects Harry to not publish an entire book? One sentence is supposed to erase years of neglect and abuse?

    • Jais says:

      Umm, saying something nice about his son in Newsweek is an olive branch? Pretty sure Charles needs a whole tree or a whole vineyard of olive trees to have it mean anything. And it would probably mean more if he actually talked to Harry as opposed to sending olive branch messages through Newsweek. This is a joke right? Charles expects something bc he praised Harry once in a US publication? How is he better than Thomas Markle? He’s not. He just has more money and a British accent.

    • PrincessK says:

      This is all rumour mongering from journalists seeking to make money out of the Sussex stories.

  8. JT says:

    Harry’s book is being published AFTER the Jubilee, so if the palace can stop showing their asses for a hot minute and not smear him to death in the interim it shouldn’t be a problem. The royals are the ones making a scene just as they did before Oprah and they will be the ones ruining the queen’s celebration of simply living longer than the average person because they are incompetent morons.

  9. Tessa says:

    That family picture bothers me, re: Charlotte. Who is put over away from Charles and her brothers. She should have been sitting on Charles’ lap. It sends a rather odd image and invokes images of her future life as a spare (ala Harry). If Charles wanted a good relationship with Harry he has a strange way of showing it. He cast his lot with william and it’s all on Charles.

    • Kaydee says:

      Yes I agree @tessa. Metaphorically speaking who is ‘holding’ Charlotte? Who will catch her and be there for her? Louis has Kate, he is her make up baby. George has the crown and the institution to ‘protect’ him, but who does Charlotte have?

      Realistically speaking for the photo- in a normal family- she’d be sitting on grandmas lap, not in the seat next to her like some random kid no one knows and everyone’s afraid of touching.

      • Tessa says:

        Camilla’s not her grandmother but stepgrandmother. She is the second wife of her grandfather. And according to William, his children know about Diana, the paternal grandmother, deceased. That said. I think Charles should have been the one holding her. HEr being away from the rest of the family and Charles not holding her is not a good look. Plus there are one on one photos released with Charles and George and Louis, respectively, but none with Charlotte. There was even a one on one photo of Charles with one of his stepgranddaughters There were other snapshots of the family group, and it is shown how Charles is playing with Little Louis and interacting with George but no interaction with Charlotte.

    • equality says:

      One of my nieces didn’t like for people to hold her when she was little. Charlotte may be independent or maybe she really wanted to be closer to H&M. My question would be why is Kate letting her be so near to M who was so mean to her at the bridesmaid fitting? Shouldn’t she be guarding Charlotte from harm? Everything that is made public in pictures and video contradicts all KP PR.

      • Tessa says:

        I just hope it does not become a pattern with Charlotte off to one side. She could be treated like Harry which does not bode well for her. Maybe she can be independent like her Uncle or so I hope.

    • PrincessK says:

      Charles has no choice but to cast his lot with Billy, who must be kept happy at all costs.

  10. fluffybunny says:

    Too little too late Chuckles.

  11. BayTampaBay says:

    Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams is off-his-rocker if he thinks Harry will postpone the release of his book. I am sure there is an iron-clad contract stating the release date.

    • Tessa says:

      Harry clearly was hurt when he spoke about his father during the Oprah interview. Charles cannot just make this go away with a sentence.

    • lanne says:

      he’s one of the idiots who commented on the Oprah interview before it aired

  12. Jan says:

    Harry to tampon, “well I spent the money already, 1.5 million to Sentebale, and since we have to maintain security for my family, the book is coming out as planned.”.

  13. Eating Popcorn says:

    Here’s the thing…I doubt Harry’s book is going to be all about spilling Charles Tea anyway. That’s not how he rolls. It will be about his personal growth and the challenges he faced. It will be about being hounded by tabs from birth, through the death of his mother, through his tour of Afghanistan, through his marriage, and through his escape. It will not be about Chaz.

    • damejudi says:

      I agree! I expect we’ll read how his time in the military opened his eyes about what a different and privileged life he’d had as a royal-and how that galvanized him to change.

    • Cate says:

      I agree. Much as I’m sure we would salivate over a memoir that focuses primarily on how shitty his dad and family were to him and Meghan, I don’t see that as being Harry’s style. He’s not interested in being defined by a dispute with his family. I would see the memoir as a way for him to focus on his personal growth and show how he has been drawn to the causes he cares about (e.g. drawing a connection between his military service and work with veterans). I actually wouldn’t be totally surprised if the memoir completely avoids dropping any bombs about how he and Meghan were treated and focuses more on how their interests moved beyond what was possible in the BRF. While I think Harry isn’t afraid to tell the truth, I also think he’s tired of being a media target and he probably knows a really juicy tell-all that names names is just going to drive a huge number of shitty stories in the media about how “whiny” and “woke” he and Meghan are and how the stress of the memoir is killing poor Granny.

      • Tessa says:

        I think he will really have to speak up for his wife as well. He needs to talk about her work, her being a caring person, and how she changed his life in a hugely positive way.

    • equality says:

      Even if it’s not intended to spill tea, it will likely still have revealing facts about how little time and effort PC put into being with H. And possibly how little care the family has for those who are not FF.

      • Becks1 says:

        I don’t think it’s going to spill a lot of very hot tea, but there will be some, even if its not intentional. I mean, he can say something like “my father was very busy while we were growing up and we didn’t see him a lot” and the press would have a field day.

        His focus on this isn’t going to be “this is how awful my family is,” its going to be “here is my journey.”

    • swirlmamad says:

      They all think too highly of themselves to assume that the book will be a bashfest of his family members. That’s not how he rolls though, because he’s not like the rest of those vipers even though he was raised in the nest. I agree that it will be about his time in the military, his path to meeting Meghan and their life and relationship together. There will be points that touch on his family and how that affected him mentally and emotionally, but they will not be the focus. In short….get over yourselves, as*holes.

    • PrincessK says:

      It is supposed to be a three book deal, and so l expect this first volume to be about his early life, Diana , army career and right up until the point he meets Meghan. I think that the remaining two volumes may come out after the Queen has passed.

      • truthSF says:

        It’s not a 3 book deal. The publisher already clarified that theyre working on A book. The 3-book deal was a bs rumor started by the tabloid media because they didn’t know there was a memoir coming out until the American media reported on it. And they wanted to act like they had some inside info!!

  14. Noki says:

    Everything with these people is always too little too late. What do we call it Pride!? They need to Learn to humble (i know) themselves and have a little more empathy for this century.

  15. Snuffles says:

    So saying ONE nice thing negates decades of neglect and abusive behavior? And, once again, the royals treat their relationship to each other as transactional. “I said something nice about you in a magazine! You OWE me!!”

    🤬 I hope Harry is busy adding EXTRA chapters to his book and drops it EARLY!

    • The Hench says:

      Harry: And now for the last chapter where, just before I was due to hand this to the publisher, my Dad made one positive remark in passing about me and expected that to make up for years of being a lousy parent….

    • Deedee says:

      And now for the graphic novel part of my memoir, which shows the toxic members of the royal family and the courtiers being vanquished by my own Queen Meg!

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      Snuffles, I keep thinking that whether Harry ever opens his mouth about his family will be entirely up to his family. If they cross his line, I think they’ll get more than they bargain for. As long as they don’t, I suspect he’ll keep quiet.

  16. Eurydice says:

    These royal experts are all about high drama, aren’t they? If Charles wants to offer an olive branch all he has to do is give Harry a call. “Hi, how are you doing, how’s the fam, loved the Christmas pic, blah, blah.” He doesn’t have to go through this Twister version of interpretive dance.

    • Angelica Schuyler says:

      @Eurydice; You’re making waaaay too much sense here! The royals would never stand for that (common sense)!

      • Eurydice says:

        Actually, I do think there is some common sense in the royal family. I think all Charles wanted to do in this article is say what everyone knows already, that Harry is also deeply committed to the environment. And, really, Charles is patting himself on the back by pointing out that environmental awareness is the legacy he’s passed on to his sons. This olive branch nonsense is cooked up by the BM because common sense is boring and pointing out the obvious doesn’t have potential for future speculation.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @Eurydice – Agree with your post 100%! The entity doing the most harm to BRF is the British Tabloid Media

  17. Tessa says:

    Charles could have stopped the media from turning on Harry and Meghan. He had a PR team to help Camilla. ANd Charles backed William instead of Charles and said not a word of complaint to the media about his own grandson being likened to a chimp. What does Charles expect after the way he acted?

    • PrincessK says:

      But he has to back William for obvious reasons. I actually think Charles and the Queen are scared of Billy. Maybe Billy has threatened to walk away if he doesn’t get his way. The fact is people in the RF don’t really like Billy they much prefer Harry but the Palace has to back Billy.

      I have never heard anybody in or around the RF say anything endearing about Billy.

      • Julia K says:

        And I think Kate is afraid of him,which is why she lied to him about who made who cry.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        Julia, I think the only thing Kate is afraid of Willi leaving her–a divorce. Other than that, I don’t think she sees enough of him to be afraid.

      • Athena says:

        They should call his bluff. Take back the free houses, remove his security, and cut off his allowance.

  18. Amy Bee says:

    Richard Fitzwilliam, one of the commentators who was tricked into discussing the Oprah interview before seeing it, is unhinged. This is the same tactic they used when the Oprah interview, Harry and Meghan should have postponed it because in the hospital. Unlike him, I’m not so sure that Harry and Meghan will be go to the Jubilee. Plus, Charles mentioning Harry in his essay has nothing to do with extending an olive branch but all to with the fact that he was writing for Newsweek which is an American publication.

    • equality says:

      I hope if they go, they just support TQ behind the scenes and don’t do balcony events. Will would probably be pushing for just the direct line on the balcony anyway.

      • swirlmamad says:

        My prediction — H&M decide not to attend, but William puts the word out via his lackeys that HE dropped the hammer and insisted only the active direct line stand on the balcony to make it look as though he wields the power. You heard it here.

      • Chic says:

        All private and leave kids out of it.

      • Gabby says:

        The 4 days of this jubilee shitshow will occur while the Invictus Games are still going on. Would Harry really leave in the middle of “his” games after they had been cancelled for 2 years straight to go serve himself up on the BP balcony? I dunno.

    • Christine says:

      The fact that Chuck said what is basically a neutral sentence about his younger son, ONE TIME, in an American publication when he can’t be bothered to say anything remotely neutral about him in the British publications is so transparent. We see you, you want the Americans who don’t know better thinking you are a decent father. We know you aren’t, and your PR is painfully obvious.

  19. lanne says:

    What the royals continually show is how transactional and how conditional their love is. Which makes their love and affection absolutely toxic and worthless of pursue. But this is just ratchet fan fiction. This dude knows jack all.

  20. Rapunzel says:

    This argument doesn’t even make sense:

    “I would have thought that some form of postponement of the autobiography would be considered. Otherwise everything that is said to Meghan and Harry when they come over for the platinum jubilee celebrations – which I’m sure they will – could conceivably find it’s way into the book.”

    Um…postponing the memoir– not autobiography– won’t prevent Harry from including material from what happened
    while attending the jubilee (if he even goes!). In fact, postponing would make it easier for divulge conversations from the jubilee…if they go.

    And what is this ridiculousness?
    “so they don’t embarrass the Royal Family further this year…The Royal family need to know the pressure is being taken off them when it comes to this autobiography,” he added. “This is a way of handling it.”

    One, it’s a new year and Meg abd Harry haven’t embarrassed anyone. Two, any pressure the BRF feels from this memoir– not autobiography!!– is entirely of their making and nor Harry’s to bear. And three, this stupid Newsweek shout-out and this article are not a way to handle bettering relations with Harry. They are, in fact, a way to botch the relationship.

  21. Lurker8 says:

    I doubt Harry will say much about his relatives in the royal family. What I think is these royal commentators are scared of what Harry is going to say about them in the memoir so they like to hide behind the queen and attack him. When they say the queen is upset they mean they are the ones upset and they’re just using the queen’s name to say it.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      I have no doubt stating Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams is the last person whom QEII would ever talk to about family matters. LOL! LOL!

    • Couch potato says:

      I’m not so sure. I think they’re hoping for Harry’ to expose the dirt they’re covering up for SOME members of the RF, while smearing the scapegoat. If Harry writes it, they can “report” on what he wrote without being the ones exposing the RF. They’re gleefully rubbing their hands at the thought of future income, while putting on a charade of concern for the RF and setting up Harry to be the bad guy for exposing it. They KNOW the RF has a lot to be worried about.

      • Rapunzel says:

        I think they’re hoping Harry will spill tea on cryingtightsgate. If Kate was indeed upset about William having affairs when she made Meg cry, there’s her apology note as a receipt. I think the Rota wants Harry to drop that receipt. Then they can make money on the Cambridge scandal and on blaming Harry for ruining the monarchy.

      • Tessa says:

        Kate being upset about the affairs IMO does not excuse her behavior to Meghan. Meghan had nothing to do with her problems with William. If Kate were “classy” she would have let Meghan do what she wanted with HER wedding.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Tessa it is absolutely not an excuse. But, in my opinion, it would explain why this crying story keeps getting brought up, over and over again. At this point it almost feels like the rota is daring Meghan to release the apology note or to go on the record again about the real reason for the crying, so they can then talk about that reason (I assume it was about William’s affairs, but maybe something else.)

        So its what CouchPotato and Rapunzel are saying – they (the RRs) want the truth to come out, not because it excuses Kate, but because then they can report on affairs without actually being the ones to break the story.

        (I don’t think Meghan will do either btw. If she was going to, it would have been with Oprah.)

    • equality says:

      I hope he reveals how little time he has been around the royal experts who act like they know him so well, like Levin.

    • PrincessK says:

      I believe that the Queen has already specifically asked the Sussexes to attend.

      How it will be handled is the thing, as the RF will not want it to be all headlines about body language. I expect the Sussexes to attend a service at Westminster Abbey and anything else that people like the Tindalls and Peter Philips would attend. Lili may even get baptised.

    • PrincessK says:

      This is the first of three volumes, which are likely to be spread over a number of years. Some of the things that will go in the books have not happened yet.

      • That’s a tabloid rumour about it being three (or four) books. A spokesperson for Harry confirmed that there’s only one, scheduled to come out late in the year, by Penguin Random House.

  22. Couch potato says:

    Fitzwilliams is telling on the RF again. How horrible are they planning to behave towards them at the jubilee (if H&M comes)? How horrible have they behaved in the past to make them fear his memoir? How spoiled must one be to think Harry can just postpone a multi million deal on his fathers whim. Tells a lot about how much shit the RF has been able to bury over the years.

  23. GuestWho says:

    Everything is so transactional with them. I guess if Charles said one nice (condescending) thing about Harry’s environmental work – without mentioning Travlyst or any other organization he works with by name – then Harry should just drop everything and return “home.”

    Their alternate reality is fascinating.

    • Jay says:

      I think it’s telling, maybe unintentionally revealing, how transactional they really are. I guess it makes sense because much of the Monarch’s “work” includes conferring titles, favour, and honours in return for loyalty of one kind or another. But it’s odd to see it so openly in the family dynamic.

  24. Catherine says:

    There was no firm date announced for the publication of Harry’s book. It simply said late in 2022. It was the tabloids that tried to claim specific dates including saying it would coincide with the 25th anniversary of Diana’s death. The only reason it was even announced was because it was leaked. They put out a statement to try to control the story. Publication dates get pushed back all the time for various reasons. And as someone above pointed out even if the memoir is delayed for any reason that doesn’t prevent Harry from dropping tidbits in interviews. I mean just look at the impact a simple statement about Charles’ cash for honors issues had and all he did was deny his involvement. If there is a change I don’t think for a second that it will be because of some meaningless gestures by Charles. The funny thing to me about this story is Fitzwilliams is basically saying the name check was just a ploy to try to manipulate Harry. These people are so use to BRF manipulations that they just talk about them openly. IMO. The name check was an attempt to clout chase in the American market. And like he has been doing with the tabloids he is partnering with a publication that has been abusive to the Sussexes and favorable to the royals. What’s next an interview with Fox News? I don’t doubt that at this point the royals would love to get Harry back in some capacity. But Harry is not going to allow them to use him anymore. Especially since any appearance of reconciliation that doesn’t include Meghan would be used against her. Lastly, I’m convinced the reason the media is so obsessed with the memoir is because they are afraid of what Harry will reveal about them. The fact is Harry’s most fiery comments have been directed at the media.

  25. RoyalBlue says:

    Charles is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Don’t fall for it Harry.

  26. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    That’s some reaching right there. But go on with yourselves.
    Nobody but Harry knows what’s going in that book and I imagine they’re having the cold sweats just trying to imagine.
    Those people sure play alot of Twister. Remember that game?

  27. Mslove says:

    Wow, Charles said something nice about Harry. Well done Charles, you’re a great father.

  28. Kristin says:

    I’ll say it loud and clear so the royal trolls across the pond can hear me: If the royal family didn’t behave like flaming assholes to Harry and Meghan, then what in the hell do they have to be so fearful about? Logic dictates that if you didn’t do anything wrong, you have nothing to be afraid of. But of course this is the royal family and British press we’re talking about here, and anyone with working eyeballs and ears knows how appallingly terribly they behaved. If they don’t like people knowing how awful they act then perhaps they shouldn’t act like dicks.

  29. Aria Johnson says:

    The nerve of these people and the BRF. They really think a measly “I’m proud of you” is gonna make up for the fact that they were willing to let Harry’s wife literally kill herself and their child and let Harry deal with that pain because they couldn’t be bothered with helping her. I feel like people really forgot this part and thinks this is just a simple “family disagreement”. Like how dare u ask anything of Harry when u continuously thrown him under the bus and nearly killed his family.

  30. Jane Wilson says:

    You know what would be a real olive branch? If Charles phoned Harry and just honestly said that for himself, he’s just devastated that things have reached such a stand off…that he loves him deeply and always will and feels he has made some terrible mistakes, many of which involve simply not paying attention in early days to Harry and Meghan’s increasing feelings of separation from the family and unhappiness at their isolation.
    Then he might suggest that if Harry was willing he (Charles) would be eager to have an open, honest conversation and to listen openly and whole-heartedly to everything and anything Harry wanted to talk about. And that he was prepared to do it anywhere and at any time and place that would suit Harry. In GB, California, on a Zoom call, some neutral spot…whatever Harry would prefer. Oh – and that it was up to Harry whether he’d like Meghan with him all or part of the time, and that he also owed her an apology for not speaking up sooner.
    All he has to do is show up and listen.
    As Harry’s dad, it IS up to Charles (after all this time and all his neglect) to listen and take in all his beloved boy has to say…then to really think about it (perhaps with the help of a relationship counsellor) so that he can sort out in his own mind how he wants to help mend the relationship.
    The family relationship always seems to be presented as having “sides” and who did what and what each owes the other…and on and on. Charles screwed up. Harry deserved better. Harry’s young family deserved better. The RF bullshit should never have superceded Charles personal, private father-son relationship.
    Shape up Charles! Do the right thing! Imagine sitting back and letting your child down, then letting him go, then waiting for HIM to sort things out to make life easier for you.
    Not good enough. Not NEARLY good enough!

    • Tessa says:

      I think at this stage it can’t be a private apology is would need to be a public apology. But the trouble is Charles has generally not blamed himself for anything nor apologized, he usually blames others for his own shortcomings. And it would be an apology to both Harry AND Meghan. Charles witnessed the older brother scheming against the younger brother and did nothing and he even made a big show of siding with William in the photo op he had with William (both grinning away) soon after Harry and Meghan left.

    • PrincessK says:

      We don’t know if they are talking or not. Don’t believe everything the BM write.

  31. BrickyardUte says:

    And speaking of timing- anyone care about these smears against Meghan while she was pregnant?? Or we only care about anniversaries and not actual lives of women and children?

  32. Jay says:

    If this is intended as an ” olive branch”, it’s more for the media than for Harry. It’s so once Harry’s memoir is published (and Harry doesn’t choose that date, obviously) they can pretend he rebuffed his father or was ungrateful etc. I think we can all write the coming article in our sleep at this point.

    What a dysfunctional family – if you actually want to reconcile with someone, you have to start from a place where you admit and acknowledge the harm you’ve done, and what sincere steps you will take to mitigate that harm, even if you don’t get the reward of the forgiveness you seek. And it’s not a quid pro quo! This is very Trumpy, “I spout some banal platitude about you, you give me this specific thing that I want.” Yuck.

  33. Jaded says:

    I hope Harry gets into the sleazy “quid pro quo” relationship between the BRF and tabloids — the yearly Christmas parties with them and the “we’ve got you over a barrel” mentality that the rota cockroaches have in getting stories that are basically leaked misinformation.

  34. MA says:

    Isn’t Tina Brown a royalist? I suspect her book will include Sussex bashing

    • PrincessK says:

      Well her book on Diana was very balanced the best book on Diana that l have read. I am expecting her book to look at the lives of HM, Camilla, Kate and Meghan from ALL angles. Tina Brown has connections she has no need to be a royalist but she knows people who are and how they operate……

    • Tessa says:

      She had some “iffy” contentions about Diana in her book. She claimed from a “source” who said she told her mother when asked if she were marrying the man or the crown, Diana allegedly said “what’s the difference.” Brown did not look at Frances Shand’s book with her own words, she clearly said she never interfered and let Diana be and did not question why she was marrying Charles. She had a hands off attitude. I have a feeling Brown won’t be kind to Meghan or Harry. She also claimed controversially it was Diana not Camilla spending the night with Charles on the royal train. Journalists and others in the know had said it was Camilla. Diana did not have any engagement to Charles and would not have risked being intimate with him, lest she be ‘mistress material’. I don’t think Diana and Tina were “good friends” as Tina implied. I am not so sure she will be balanced in this book.

  35. Yinyang says:

    He says extend the olive branch I say hoovering. “So “they” don’t embarrass the family further this year”. No the family did that all themselves. Meghan said what she said to put a stop on the harassment, it’s not like the brf would stick up for her. And why Newsweek an American magazine? I noticed the only time they brought up Meghan was to talk about revealing gossip about the brf. The British never stop with their triangulation, its look harry we like you or look America we like you it’s just that Meghan we don’t like. As a woman I feel really insulted. This is really evil the way they operate. These peoples’ minds are an insane mess. No wonder an American couldn’t fit in there.

  36. Jenn says:

    The British media is so unethical that they continue to platform FitzWilliams,Dickie Arbiter and Angela Levin. I will not believe anything coming from FitzWilliams. I guess the only one who has suffered any consequences after that Oprah review debacle is Victoria. The others went on like nothing ever happened,

    • windyriver says:

      The fourth person was Ingrid Seward, not Angela Levin. Not that it makes much difference, they’re basically equivalent.

  37. Lizzie says:

    IKD, I do think Charles wants Harry and his family as part of his slimmed down monarchy in some capacity. I can see him privately apologizing to both Harry and Meghan and even offering the honorary military honors back to Harry. But I just don’t see how he can reverse the damage TOB has done to them publicly. Charles has had decades to try and get people to like Camilla but he doesn’t have that amount of time to counteract the hatred that TOB and the tabloids continue to drum up against Harry and Meghan. Of course they would never go back full time but for certain occasions I think they would be happy to support the queen and Charles.
    Then again, maybe this wasn’t an olive branch. Just a man from a dysfunctional family trying to sound like everything is fine. Or a man trying to clean up his image before he becomes king.

  38. Well Wisher says:

    Prince Harry signed a contract to have his memoir written, edited and off to the presses on a certain date. Being a responsible adult he will likely do so, at the agreed time, irregardless of the pontification of said RR. I hope he uses his agency as a retired senior RF to ensure that he is never labeelled and sold as a commodity, to replace his beloved mother. The uneasy with this memoir is the realization that all the important items about Harry’s journey will be told at his behest.

  39. Lizzie says:

    Harry is writing a memoir, not an autobiography or a tell-all. I hope he writes a memoir that is filled with fun and funny stories about people he has met and places he has been. I hope he doesn’t even mention his family. To ignore them completely would be perfection.

  40. Debbie says:

    OMG, what the hell is wrong with the British media? They don’t even try to write a balanced article, it’s all “Let’s coddle the monarchy every way. Charles is in his 70s (I’m guessing). Anyway, it’s odd that the BM don’t include the “blah, blah, in the same year as the Queen’s platinum jubilee” language when they write about Andrew’s sex abuse case. I also suggest they add the following the next time they (infrequently) write about Andrew’s mess “so they don’t embarrass the Royal Family further this year.” Somehow it fits so well.

  41. MangoAngelesque says:

    How a real parent would extend an olive branch to estranged son he effectively kicked out of the country: Get on a plane and suffer through double-digit hour flight to see said son and his family, including the granddaughter you’ve never met, expecting nothing in return.

    How the BRF extends that olive branch: cursory name-drop in a magazine article after a multi-sentence drop about The Other Brother that specifically mentions his projects by name, and expect the wayward spare to be overcome with gratitude over even being referenced as the future king’s son.

    • Debbie says:

      I don’t know but to me this Newsweek “olive branch” ranks right up there with Tristan Thompson’s Instagram “apology” to Khloe Kardashian. Very sincere and appropriate and, oh who am I kidding, MADE FOR THE MEDIA.

  42. tamsin says:

    Has Charles written an article recently for a reputable publication? Newsweek is now a right-wing tabloid and what can be said about The Daily Mail?

  43. blunt talker says:

    I agree about the olive branch is not enough for what was done to Harry, Meghan, Archie, and Lili-but I do think Charles would like to have Harry and maybe his wife/family be parttime royals during his reign-he needs to make sure there is no clash with the Keen’s duty schedules.