The Duke of Sussex is expected to publish his book in the autumn after pledging to tell his story, including “the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned”. Billed as an “intimate and heartfelt” memoir by its publisher Penguin Random House, Harry said when the work was announced: “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.”
Royal watchers and friends of Prince Charles’s youngest son have warned the book will have to live up to Harry’s declaration in order to maintain its credibility.
An unnamed friend of the Duke, who reportedly knew him and his ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy, told the Daily Beast: “Harry was known for being pretty wild back in the day.
“If he doesn’t go into those wild years in some detail, the book will just come over as a massive whitewash—at least to those who knew him.”
The Sun’s former royal editor Duncan Larcombe told the publication: “If he is going to keep the book largely focused on his own journey, he does need to acknowledge — and try and make sense of — those dark, boozy years for it to have any credibility.”
He hailed the importance of processing feelings by being open and honest, adding: “I know there is a huge merit in talking about your issues and the only thing about keeping it quiet is that it’s only ever going to make it worse.”
Since his partying days, the sixth in line to the throne has had two children with wife Meghan Markle and established non-profit organisation Archewell.
He delivered a speech at the United Nations last month to mark Nelson Mandela International Day, held on the former president of South Africa’s birthday.
In the UN General Assembly hall, Harry spoke of the threats from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, what he termed the reversal of constitutional rights in the US and the “weaponising” of lies and disinformation.
He warned: “We are witnessing a global assault on democracy and freedom – the cause of Mandela’s life.”
Harry also spoke about a photo taken in 1997 in Cape Town of his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, and Mr Mandela.
The Duke said: “When I first looked at the photo, straight away, what jumped out was the joy on my mother’s face. The playfulness, cheekiness even, pure delight to be in communion with another soul, so committed to serving humanity.”
He went on to describe Africa as a lifeline, adding: “It’s where I felt closest to my mother and sought solace after she died, and where I knew I found a soulmate in my wife.”