Hardman: Prince Harry was, effectively, ‘taking notes’ at QEII’s funeral

Back in January and February, Robert Hardman was promoting his royal book, Charles III: New King, New Court, The Inside Story. Hardman clearly had authorized sources in Charles’s camp, and Hardman was tasked with abusing the Sussexes. One of the big storylines was that QEII was incandescent with rage over Harry and Meghan naming their daughter Lilibet. The story landed so badly and the palace’s lies were so obvious, Hardman quickly had to come out and refute his own book. Even funnier is the fact that Hardman was also tasked with taking Prince William down a few pegs, but Hardman made William sound like an illiterate moron AND an atheist. Anyway, Hardman recently attended the Hay Festival and he had a lot of new tea, straight from his Buckingham Palace sources. This always kills me – Charles authorizes all of these hatchetmen to write all of these biographies, and then every book ends up focused on the Sussexes and how badly Charles has bungled one of the most significant moments of his reign. As it turns out, that’s mostly what Hardman’s Hay Festival appearance was about too.

Speaking at Hay Festival, Robert Hardman suggested that Prince Harry’s explosive memoir Spare is still casting a long shadow over family relations. “The problem that exists is, at the moment, there is still a trust issue. People are still very wounded, particularly Prince William, that these intimate private childhood family moments all spilled out in Harry’s book. It’s not what Harry said, it’s the fact that he said it, and he gave away so many secrets. And he was, effectively, at the time of the Queen’s death, you know, he was taking notes.”

Hardman also suggested that Harry hadn’t told the full story – but there might be a cynical reason for that. “If you do read that book, and as I said it’s amazing, but if you get to the bit about his wedding to Meghan, it boils down really to about four or five pages. Now, as an author, that says to me one thing and one thing only: part two might be on its way.”

Asked how the row was affecting King Charles as a parent, Hardman said that “he definitely finds it unsettling, it makes him unhappy. There he is, he’s got two sons, one he hardly sees, and two grandchildren he’s barely ever seen, and yes, I think he would like some sort of modus vivendi. Clearly they can’t come back to royal life, I don’t think they want to. And, after all that’s happened, it wouldn’t work,” the biographer said.

Hardman, who has authored numerous royal books, including 2022’s bestselling Queen of Our Times, said the first step to repairing the relationship would be “normalising” it.

“I thought it was telling that when the cancer diagnosis came through back in February, Prince Harry came straight over. People said why didn’t he stay longer, why didn’t he talk to his father? I mean, there is so much to be worked through, but this was absolutely not the moment to have some sort of summit with Harry about all of Harry’s grievances. But I think the fact he came was important, the fact he was received was important, I think what encouraged people at the palace and encouraged the king was the fact that afterwards, we didn’t then read about it or hear about it. It remained private.”

The author suggested a first step to “normalising” things would be if Harry could “come over with Meghan, with the children, privately, for a few days maybe in the summer. Once that happens it’s not such big news when it happens again. Then you start to get somewhere.”

[From The Independent]

A few things. First of all, I genuinely hope that Harry does write a second memoir and God knows that enough sh-t has gone down in the past two years to make it a must-read. He can call it And Another Thing. As for “he was, effectively, at the time of the Queen’s death, you know, he was taking notes,” Harry was not taking notes – he was being abused by his family on the global stage. He had already wrapped up on Spare, but following QEII’s death, Harry basically just added a chapter at the end. “It’s not what Harry said, it’s the fact that he said it, and he gave away so many secrets.” Ah, yes, how dare Harry reveal the Very Important Secrets of “being neglected after his mother’s death” and “being assaulted by his psycho brother.” Doesn’t Harry know that the biggest Windsor crime is publicly revealing how horribly they treat each other?

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  1. Tessa says:

    Charles could have seen the sussexes. And the grandchildren. Charles is so fake

    • Joyful Liluri says:

      Harry didn’t need to take notes. The second the Queen “took a turn” Charles went off to pick mushrooms in the woods and take a long look at his revenge book.

      Harry didn’t need to take notes because the second Charles for the slightest bit of power, he started using it to hurt Harry and Meghan.

      Charles was gleeful in his power to take anything that Harry had and he made it known far and wide all of the things he had had planned as punishments. Now that he had the power – while the queens body was still warm – he set about ostracizing, punishing and just doing small hearted petty cruelties meant to hurt H&M when H was grieving deeply.

      All Harry had to do was check the endless articles of his father sadistically talking about snubbing his son, taking this and that from his son etc.

  2. equality says:

    “I think what encouraged people at the palace and encouraged the king was the fact that afterwards, we didn’t then read about it or hear about it. It remained private.” PH didn’t talk about it, but there were thousands of articles telling how Cam was aggrieved or detailing KC’s and PW’s feelings. I guess, if they leak about stuff it doesn’t count.

    • rosa mwemaid says:

      One rule for Harry and another rule for the rest.

    • Where'sMyTiara says:

      That’s because Harry isn’t the one leaking. Meghan isn’t the one leaking. It’s Cluck. It’s Cloppy. It’s Huevos Rageros. They’re the leakers, and the hobgoblin courtiers acting on their behalf/at their instruction.

      Want the leaks to stop? Put a cork in Camilla, for starters. As for Cluck and Huevo, tell them to take up keeping a PRIVATE journal of their neverending list of grievances, assumed slights, and various other narcissistic injuries, rather than running to the press with it seven times a day. All this complaining and explaining and ranting that “Meghan did this” and “Harry should/shouldn’t do/say this or that” just makes the all people complaining about them look weak, cranky, and moronic.

      You wanted them gone, BP & KP and British Media. They obliged and left. Suck it up buttercups, you’re not getting them back again. Leave them alone and let them live.

      As for “normalizing” the relationship that was strained by CHARLES and WILLIAM’S actions, well, y’all don’t get to demand Meghan and the kids show up with Harry. Not after members of the press referred to them as chimpanzees and threatened to drop them from the BP balcony. Harry’s family consists of Meghan, Archie, Lilibet, 3 dogs and several chickens. Dassit. If Cluck wants them to visit he needs to provide them SECURITY and a safe home free from Cluck & Cloppy’s spy ring.

      But let’s be honest – none of that will ever happen, and as long as Cluck and Cloppy and Huevo are happy to hire people from the Daily Fail et al and have them on staff, Harry’s never going to feel safe on those shores and will not permit his wife and children to be imperiled there either.

      • Debb says:

        Agree with you, Where’s My Tiara 1000000000%. Americans love Harry and Meghan.

      • kirk says:

        Cluck and Cloppy! 😂😂😂

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        @Where’sMyTiara, I disagree. Harry’s family is extended beyond what you mentioned. He has tasty Nacho & lovely Delfina as a brother and sister. Blood is not greater than water. Love is. Harry has a huge @ss military/Invictus family. Along with so many other’s that support him. Genuinely. Outside of that, spot on.

        “The problem that exists is, at the moment, there is still a trust issue. People are still very wounded, particularly Prince William, that these intimate private childhood family moments all spilled out in Harry’s book. It’s not what Harry said, it’s the fact that he said it, and he gave away so many secrets.”.

        That William physically assaulted Harry multiple times when they were in their ’30’s isn’t a a childhood family moment. At all. Yes, the aha moment. Harry said what the BM’s been squirrely about for years, decades?. William is a rage monster.

      • Deering24 says:

        “Harry’s family consists of Meghan, Archie, Lilibet, 3 dogs and several chickens. Dassit.”

        😂😂 Indeed. But didn’t they have a duck or two and a goat? I could be wrong, but…

  3. He didn’t reveal secrets he just told the truth about his childhood and all that went down with Meg. I think there may be secrets in the 400 pages he left out of the book and I think that is what scares them because if Harry wanted to he could write another book and include those pages. If Chuckles is unhappy about how he was truthfully portrayed as a father well it’s what he deserves. He is a terrible father and grandfather and King. Cry harder.

    • Scooby Gang says:

      Seriously! The way these people think Harry has no right to talk about his own life… his own experiences. It’s mind-boggling.

    • Jais says:

      Harry was still kind to Charles in the book. The same cannot be said for Charles’ Dimbleby book.. He was much harsher to his parents.

      • Elizabeth says:

        I was going to point out what Charles said about the Queen and Prince Philip in Dimbley’s book as well as the documentary where he flat out said that he’d cheated on Diana.

      • Tessa says:

        Charles confessed he was involved with Camilla in the dimbleby interview forcing the Parker Bowles divorce
        In the book he blatantly confessed he would not stop seeing Camilla. And Charles was in a self pity mood confessing how mean his parents were to him

    • acha says:

      To this day, I am pretty sure that the full reason why William pushed him to the ground was because Harry told him to quit being unfaithful to Kate.

      • Tessa says:

        Kate was horrid to Meghan. I dont think his first priority was or is Kate. Kate betrayed harry and Meghan and took threatening steps to Meghan when they last met.
        Harry did write in spare he was not close to Kate. William insulted Meghan and harry told him to back off. Then William hit harry.

    • Bad Janet says:

      Honestly, I think Harry used the kid gloves with his entire family.

      The biggest grievances he talked about were feeling unsupported in the face of life changing, life threatening potential harm, stirred up by the press.

  4. seaflower says:

    If there is a second book, it should be called Spared.

  5. MsIam says:

    “It’s not what Harry said, it’s the fact that he said it, and he gave away so many secrets.” As opposed to letting one of the “royal experts “ write about it instead. We see you Robert, we see you. We know it just kills you thinking about all of those millions Harry made. Cry harder, I feel so, so bad for you.

    • Magdalena says:

      I think it’s more the fact that Harry revealed that so many of the stories which have become accepted as facts about him and his childhood and his life were LIES either made up by the royal “experts” themselves or by the palaces. So many myths, and the fact that if he chose to, he could reveal a whole lot more. THAT’S what upsets these leeches, that Harry effectively put their income streams in jeopardy by revealing these “secrets” but they can’t say that.

    • Square2 says:

      Exactly. First, considering so many rota rats, columnist, commentators, biographers, and other somebody and nobody had “invented” and written about Prince Harry the past 30 plus years (and still do it now); and second, Diana has been used, gaslighted, bad mouthed by BRF, BM, etc. Harry has the right to tell his own life experiences growing up.

      I applauded their freind(s) advising H&M to document everything happened to them. Now with “Spare” the book and docuseries “Harry & Meghan”, future historians will not just base their view on the Sussex from those 3rd persons.

      More stories about the Wedding might be in the other 400 pages that were cut, or this might be a story for Meghan to tell. Harry said what was needed: His brother was jealous of Harry’s wedding attire & his beard; the T Markle sh!t one week before the wedding which caused a great deal of stress to Meghan; and corrected the bridesmaids dress & crying story.

      • kirk says:

        Hardman’s fixation on H-M wedding, and the conscious editing of those chapters, just brought to mind Fake Lady Colin Campbell – didn’t she write a book about wedding night of Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth? Hard to believe she found a market for it. What’s Hardman planning to do – rewrite H-M wedding his way? Gross.

  6. Beth says:

    These people don’t go near why Harry felt the need to tell his own story, do they? William was absolutely treacherous for years – and continues to be so – via back channels to client journalists (and biographers!). Just because he couldn’t cope with Harry’s choice of wife.

  7. Amy says:

    These people don’t get it. Harry had to write about the Queen’s death and funeral because the Palace continued to smear him and Meghan after the Queen died. I would love a second book but I’d be surprised if he did. He and Meghan have moved on and have said that they’re finished with the look back projects. Harry bringing Meghan and children over is not going to solve the deep issues in that family so Hardman and the rest of the press should let that go.

  8. Chantal1 says:

    Interesting. One of the BRF minions finally acknowledged (amidst the now constant begging them to return), that the Sussexes might not want to return to Royal life. Apparently, they don’t! And how about normalizing “the relationship” by treating your offspring and his family decently and with respect, not throwing them under the bus just so you, your mistress and heir can get good press and bc you’re all so hateful, but most importantly, NOT ABUSING them in the first place. Its really not that hard. But the BRF will continue their one sided vendetta against the Sussexes bc they can and bc they want to.

  9. Tarte Au Citron says:

    You see all these MAGA & Deranger freaks trolling anyone who even says they read the book.
    They don’t even realise that a book like Harry’s would have been reviewed every which way by the publisher’s lawyers. What we read was what was considered safe to publish.

  10. Libra says:

    Ah yes. Those pesky missing 400 pages. You should be worried, KP and BP. They never said Harry lied; just told the family secrets. Bad news for you, Queen side chick..more is coming if Harry is pushed too far.

    • Hypocrisy says:

      If Prince Harry publishes a follow up memoir the preorders would be off the charts. 📈

    • Berkeleyfarm says:

      I really hope those 400 pages etc. are in a safe place and what happens with them is well spelled out e.g. especially if something (God forbid) untoward happens to Harry.

      • Feeshalori says:

        I’m sure he’s got multiple copies on flash drives spread among his lawyers and in safe deposit boxes.

  11. Sue says:

    Every time I read anything from one of the recent biographers all I can think is “and how well did your book sell”? No matter who they are supposedly writing about, Charles, the Queen, whoever, it ends up being another chance to bash Harry and Meghan. And I am sure they have dollar/pound signs in their heads thinking they will have the same astronomical sales that Spare did. But they don’t. Why pay for a book when you can just read the Daily Mail?

  12. Jais says:

    While Harry was not taking notes, the whole world was taking notes. We all saw how the Windsors treated Meghan during the funeral. It was noted and will not be forgotten.

  13. Hypocrisy says:

    I hope the entire institution dwindles into irrelevance.. the sooner the better. I say remove all of the titles for everyone let them sink or swim without the crown estates or a taxpayer funded income. The Sussex’s seem to be doing it just fine.

  14. Ennie says:

    Well the king could have let Harry keep the home that they were paying handsomely for. He stopped giving his son and his family his security before term was up. He doesn’t see them because he did his best to damage the relationship with his son. Cutting his nose to spite his face?

  15. Athena says:

    I think Harry’s next book will be about Diana and the third book about Invictus. He’s done with Charles.

  16. Ennie says:

    During the funeral the world saw that kerfunkle with the uniform will the king let him will he not. And then Harry ended up standing out in the middle of several aging toy soldiers. Ridiculous what the senior royals have done to themselves trying to attack Harry for trying to keep his small family safe.

  17. LeonsMomma says:

    Was sitting next to someone from aristocratic circles and BBC adjacent at a dinner party and when I asked her about the situation she said that basically people were excited about Meghan joining the Royal Family, but it was the Oprah interview that really kicked off the public (media had obviously started sooner) disillusionment with the two of them, which was cemented by “Spare.” Their feeling is that you just don’t air the family’s “dirty laundry,” so to speak, in that manner. And they blame her for him doing so. And now they don’t like her and him by extension. That feeling isn’t going away (at least with her) anytime soon.

    So the argument of the RF could have had rock stars representing them falls flat with them. the fact they spoke up about the family is what will and always will be a sticking point.

    (Please note I disagreed with her on this, plus that Harry is dumb — that is really something that is hardcore part of UK media and a good portion of UK’s thoughts about him. Again, I don’t believe.)

    • Jais says:

      It’s just funny bc the Oprah interview was actually pretty late in the game. So starting with that as a reason to not like them is conveniently overlooking the preceding years of abuse from the RF and the BM. But always interesting to hear the perspectives.

      • Square2 says:

        “…people were excited about Meghan joining the Royal Family…” They were excited they could abuse a black American.

        They can pretend the reasons they don’t like Duchuss Meghan are “spilling family secrets”, and not admit honestly it’s racism & jealousy. Typical. Besides, a lot of famous Brits have told th r ir family secrets.

      • Square2 says:

        have told *their* own family secrets.

      • rosa mwemaid says:

        The Oprah interview was the result of racial abuse, not the cause of it. Particularly shocking was the racial abuse of a newborn baby.

      • Tessa says:

        The negativity in the media and by the UK royal family started when harry and Meghan were first seen dating. The negative comments were the same years before Oprah interview.

    • MsIam says:

      “Air the family’s dirty laundry”? The family that has Andrew sitting there like a giant blob? The family that tried to drive Diana insane? This family’s laundry is so dirty it’s a wonder they don’t have fleas flying around them. If these “aristocrats” are willing to overlook those messes but feel they can’t put up with Harry and Meghan then shame on them.

    • equality says:

      You should have asked how they felt about Charles’ authorized bio that slammed QE and Phil.

    • slippers4life says:

      This is 100% what they are like. “We liked her at first” translates to, “we thought she was hot in an “exotic” way and made the assumption that she, you know, may have a little bit of missteps with adjusting, but ultimately she KNOWS she’s a Black American Woman right? She’ll learn to quietly giggle at our positively hilllllll-Air-eee-us jokes about chimps and slavery and realize this means that her son wouldn’t be titled or given security in spite of having some of the most horrific death threats against him, but, as it were, she doesn’t share our sense of humour or proper sense of duty to white supremacy….oh…er….i mean, duty to crown and country and then she stood up
      for herself and told people all of the above!!! I mean, you don’t go telling Oprah that we’re a bunch of racist, misogynistic jerks. I mean where’s the fauning and the reverence and the internalized oppression? Doesn’t she know who we are? ” These people live in their own world.

  18. one of the marys says:

    I’m sure Harry was taking note(s), of how he and Meghan were being treated, all the messaging to the press, all the shenanigans with uniforms etc The way he was thwarted to get to Balmoral and then not met by his father and brother was shameful. He cut a very lonely figure going to the airport the next morning. Yes he was definitely taking notes

    • Feeshalori says:

      I agree, Harry was making mental notes of how he and his wife were treated in such an abusive and shameless manner. How could anyone not be affected by such ill treatment dealt by your own relatives and not swear that they’ll never be treated in such a despicable way again? Anyone placed in that position would have definitely done the same thing.

      • Feeshalori says:

        And abusive treatment not just by his relatives, but also from the media. Yes, I’m sure Harry has a storehouse of notes from their experience during that fraught time. Maybe not to write another book, but to determine that he and his family will never be exposed to such abuse again.

  19. Lorelei says:

    “Taking notes?” Holy sh!t, that is so offensive. It was his grandmother’s FUNERAL. These people are disgusting and shameless. And the fact that this asshole is saying this to promote his own book makes it worse.

    I, like Kaiser, do hope there’s a second book eventually, but I don’t believe Harry would exploit his grandmother’s funeral, FFS.

  20. Adri says:

    The biggest crime in a family riddled with narcissistic abuse is to speak the truth to the community that often upholds and welcomes the abusers. Plain and simple. They’re only mad that they got found out on a global stage.

  21. tamsin says:

    I don’t see a Spare Part II coming along any time soon although all the suggested titles are brilliant! I do see that perhaps some time in the far future, one of the children will edit Meghan’s or Harry’s diaries and present them in some form to the public to add to the truth of their parents’ lives.

  22. Brassy Rebel says:

    “And Another Thing”. Yeah, that would be great but I don’t see it happening any time soon, if ever. It would just lead to more accusations that Harry is “spilling family secrets” without any acknowledgement that these “secrets” consist of years of family abuse, including physical violence from his brother. Why bother? There is also never any acknowledgement that the Left Behinds leak like an old sieve. Harry has been the star in so many recollections coming from the palaces and, as we all know, “recollections may vary.” I think Harry is moving on, and that is the best course for him and his American family at this point.

    • Lacey says:

      If Khate is being made redundant by her husband, THAT is the book I would like to read. Good title “Redundant: How (future) King William used me as a breed mare”

  23. Taking notes, as opposed to say posing for your favorite photog to make your husband’s grandfather’s funeral all about you. Huh.

  24. Saucy&Sassy says:

    I wonder if Earl Charles Spencer will be ostracized for telling “secrets”? I will be reading his book about his childhood–I think it takes courage to tell the truth about something so personal. I have a feeling that he is being treated very differently than Harry.

  25. Nerd says:

    I always call BS to anyone who tries to use the argument that they welcomed her and only changed their views of her after the Oprah interview because what that tells me is that they were okay with being silent and entertained with the racists abuse and threats that she and her child were experiencing from the royals, their staff, the media and trolls. You can’t be witnesses to a biracial American woman entering your country and a white institution and being hit with a borage of constant racists attacks and threats to herself and her child for nearly four and a half years and be angry that she and her husband finally spoke up against their abusers and somehow the person who is wrong in this situation is the victim of a years long campaign of hate. That tells me that the person who claims to be welcoming is okay with the entertainment of the WOC and think so little of her that she should be silent and allow racists to be racist. It’s the equivalent of a racists being angry that they were exposed for the racists things they said and not realizing the bigger issue is that they are racists POS. These racist and misogynist want to protect those with the same narrow minded views as them and are angrier about the label they well deserve and not the racism itself. They blame Meghan for what a grown white man said with his full chest in an interview and book but don’t direct that same hate towards the mistress queen who was in a relationship with a weak little man baby Charles who’s own book and interview was far worse about the royal family than anything Harry said in his book and interviews. It’s about her race and them not being okay with a WOC not being okay with their racism.

    • Tessa says:

      When Meghan had her maternity leave the media still did not leave alone. Accusing her of not liking the ring she got from harry when the ring was actually redesigned by harry . The fake crying story accusing meghan of making kate cry. Kate letting fake story sit there. The baby shower where the media slammed her. And the fake story that she spoiled Eugenie wedding by telling everyone she was pregnant. All fake stories. The horrible treatment of Meghan started from the get go.

  26. QuiteContrary says:

    “It’s not what Harry said, it’s the fact that he said it, and he gave away so many secrets.”

    Thanks for confirming, dude, that what Harry wrote was all true.

  27. Tessa says:

    I think the most tacky thing was c and c and the keens posing and grinning for cameras soon before the queens funeral.

  28. bisynaptic says:

    “It’s not what Harry said, it’s the fact that he said it, and he gave away so many secrets. “
    — Saying the quiet part, out loud.

    “And he was, effectively, at the time of the Queen’s death, you know, he was taking notes.”
    — Why shouldn’t he have been taking notes? It’s his life.

  29. Cathy says:

    Let me just correct that statement for you Robert Hardman?

    “And he was, effectively, at the time of the Queen’s death, you know, he was taking notes.” That “he” refers to Robert Hardman as it was he who was taking notes thinking “There’s another book here for ME to write and make lots of money”

  30. Tessa says:

    Harry and Meghan received petty and bad treatment from Charles and company.they dont need to wrote down thehurtful behavior they received to remember it