Prince Harry is attempting to “cash in” on his grandmother’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations next year, it’s been claimed. Royal historian Dr Tessa Dunlop told MailPlus’ Palace Confidential that the timing of Harry’s memoir is “cynical”. She said: “I didn’t realise this when I first heard the news but he is, of course, going to be cashing in on the momentum from the Platinum Jubilee, which is a little cynical.”
Earlier this week, the Duke of Sussex announced he will share the “highs and lows” of his life as a royal in his autobiography.
The memoir will be released in “late 2022” – just a few months after the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year, which marks the monarch’s 70 years on the throne.
Dr Dunlop suspected that the memoir announcement shows Harry may be worrying about staying relevant after quitting the Royal Family.
She warned that the move to publish an autobiography was a “little premature” for the Duke.
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Dr Dunlop said: “At the moment the heat’s on them – how do you keep the water boiling?
“Every famous person has this problem, once you’re at the peak and staying there.
“That isn’t a problem for the Royal Family but he’s no longer royal.”
Fellow guest Richard Eden, the Daily Mail Diary Editor, believes the memoirs are motivated by revenge on the Royal Family.
A YouGov survey, which polled 5,808 adults, found says almost one in 10 people claimed he should not have signed the publishing agreement.
In a statement describing the book, Harry said: “I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man, I have become.
“I’ve worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and my hope is that in telling my story – the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned – aI can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think.
“I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I’ve learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a firsthand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”