The Duke of Sussex is expected to release his book later this year. But commentator Celia Waldon questioned “how many Brits” would want to purchase the book, “given the national cost of living crisis.” In an article for the Telegraph, entitled, “By the time we get Harry’s book, no one will care any more”, she wrote: “Then there’s the national mood to consider as we head into autumn and the cost-of-living crisis really begins to bite.
“I can’t talk for other countries, but how many Brits – short on disposable income – will be willing to dig deep in their wallets for Harry: My Life In Whinges?”
Reports have speculated that Harry’s book will hit shelves just before the festive season.
According to Penguin, Harry’s memoir will “share, for the very first time, the definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses and life lessons that have helped shape him”.
When the book was announced, Prince 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 – I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think.”
He said he is keen to share the first “accurate and wholly truthful” account of his own life.
However, Ms Waldon criticised the content of the book, writing: “It’s true that Harry’s ghostwriter, US novelist JR Moehringer, is highly respected and that, as a first-hand account of the prince’s life, Me, Myself and I: A Journey Into Narcissism is guaranteed a certain amount of success.
“But the emphasis on it being a ‘literary memoir’ is concerning, as is the prince’s sell.
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In November, royal biographer Angela Levin is also due to publish her biography of Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
Meanwhile, royal reporter Omid Scobie is also preparing to publish his second biography of Harry and Meghan, although this will reportedly not be published until 2023.
Previously, royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams warned that the revelations in the book might be a “problem” for Prince Harry’s relationship with Prince William.
Speaking on ToDiForDaily’s podcast, he said: “Both brothers were inseparable.
“And there’s no doubt that one of the tragedies is that they’ve taken very, very different roads.
“And I see no, no rift being healed, unfortunately, because what you’re looking at now is a memoir that Harry is writing that’s coming out in the autumn now.
“The problem is what is going to be in that book.
“It’s very difficult after Oprah, which is just over a year ago, and I thought it was so destructive, and also open to different interpretations.”