The release of Prince Harry’s memoir will be “really difficult” for Prince William and may be “stealing the limelight” over Princess Diana’s death, according to a royal expert. Royal author Pauline Maclaran has spoken to Express.co.uk following the announcement of its January 10 publication date, which revealed the death of Princess Diana is set be a key feature.
Publisher Penguin Random House, in its description of the book, said: “Spare takes readers immediately back to one of the most searing images of the 20th Century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow – and horror.
“As Diana, Princess of Wales, was laid to rest, billions wondered what the princes must be thinking and feeling – and how their lives would play out from that point on.
“For Harry, this is his story at last.”
In response, Ms Maclaran, author of the book Royal Fever, says “using Diana’s death as a taster doesn’t sound particularly good”, adding that the Royal Family “are going to be upset by the contents”.
She said: “I think the book will be a crucial part of him creating this relatable image. To make him seem like everyone else.
“It is obviously a gamble he is willing to take. I think it’s very much a gamble because I think it’s bound to upset members of the Royal Family.
“First of all, even if he’s not criticising them – and I think we all fully expect he will be – he is still pouring his heart out in a way that is not usually regarded as very royal, and against the Queen’s mantra to always keep silent.
“Members of the Royal Family are going to be upset by the contents. I think they have to be, really.
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“It will be really difficult for William.
“Harry is stealing the limelight, possibly, over their mother’s death.
“William suffered very acutely as well.”
Ms Maclaran, professor of marketing and consumer research at Royal Holloway, also suggests the Duke of Sussex, 37, “is putting himself on par with The Crown” which has come under fire over plans to detail the days leading up to Diana’s death in Paris on August 31, 1997.
Last month, sources on set of the hit Netflix series were described as “uncomfortable” about the prospect of recreating the timeline.
Royal commentator Kinsey Schofield, who hosts podcast To Di For Daily, told Express.co.uk she expects the Prince of Wales, 40, to be “fiery” behind the scenes if Diana’s death is “vividly recreated”.
Responding to reports, Netflix clarified that “the exact moment of the crash impact will not be shown”.
However, Harry reportedly has “no regrets” about the contents of his book, as he found it “cathartic” to write about his “traumatic” childhood, a source told US Weekly.
They added that the Duke found it “very difficult” to “recount certain traumatic events from his childhood”.