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.”
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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