Prince Charles’ furious over memoir by former Buckingham Palace aide: ‘Man was a friend!’ | Royal | News
The Duke of Sussex has announced he will share “mistakes and lessons learned” during his life in a memoir due to be published next year. As he disclosed the deal with publishers Penguin Random House, Prince Harry said he would reflect “the highs and lows” and be “accurate and wholly truthful”. Harry, who alongside his wife Meghan stepped back from royal duties and relocated to California, US, will donate proceeds to charity.
The Duke said in a statement: “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 – I 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 first hand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”
The announcement of the book, the first time a prominent member of the Royal Family has ever written such a personal account of their life, reportedly took the Windsors by surprise.
One source told The Times it was greeted within the royal households with “big sighs” and another one close to Prince Charles said they were “surprised” by the news.
After all, the Prince of Wales does not seem to like explosive new books about his family.
In 2014, the Prince was said to be furious when the Queen’s ex-press secretary Dickie Arbiter decided to reveal secrets about his relationship with Diana and the breakdown of two other royal marriages in a book.
A palace source said: “Charles is furious.
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The former press secretary was also working for the palace the day Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris.
The palace source told the Mirros: “It is just a case of a man who he thought was a friend and who could be trusted cashing in on the misery of that time. It is disloyal.”
Mr Arbiter had previously said the book was “not a kiss-and-tell but an autobiography”.
He said: “It’s a candid look behind some of the most salacious and sensational royal stories of those days from the perspective of someone who was not only there, but who also had experience of the monarchy.”