What’s really eating the Queen’s fourth grandchild and sixth in line of succession to her throne?
The American ghostwriter JR Moehringer, who is writing the prince’s memoirs to be published next year, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of his mother’s death, is a student of Freud and Jung, the Chuckle Brothers of central European psychology, and so he is well qualified to explain why a free spirit who had it all has turned into an Angry Middle-Aged Man.
That is not a good look for a father of two young children who should be hugging himself with joy at having it all – a glamorous wife, fame, fortune, fatherhood, capped with the title, His Royal Highness.
As it is, he lives behind the gates of a £11million mansion in Santa Barbara with the choice of nine lavatories to sit on while contemplating how life has been so terrible to him; and then putting it all down in a book that’s bound to be a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic.
It will not be the first score-settling book by a royal duke. The Duke of Windsor had two American writers from Life magazine to ghost his 1951 autobiography A King’s Story.
But that book tip-toed around the family feud ignited by his abdication in 1936. There was no raw bitterness in the text. The Duke reserved his hate-filled comments about his “smug, stinking” relations and cruel insults about his sister-in-law, later the Queen Mother, for his private letters to Mrs Wallis Simpson.
That duke waited 15 years to write his book. Prince Harry seems determined to get his revenge in first, including his wrath at the postponement of an HRH for his son Archie, until and if Archie’s grandfather Prince Charles ascends the throne.
That will be just one of the charges laid at the door of Buckingham Palace by Harry in a book for which an advance of $20million (£14.5m) has reportedly been paid. For that price, the publisher Penguin Random House will expect sensation and scandal.
Prince Harry’s publishers say the proceeds from his book will go to charity, but whether that is before or after all the expenses have been deducted is not clear.
It helps that the Queen has seen it all before. And worse. When she was only 10, the abdication recast her destiny as the future queen.
A book by her grandson, even if it is no holds barred, will be a blip compared to 1936.
A week of uncomfortable headlines will not detract from the general celebration that will accompany the Platinum Jubilee next year.
Ordinary British people will put it all down to Meghan.
They’ve grown weary of what many perceive as the undignified whining of a man living under petticoat government, ready to fire bullets crafted by a wife made vengeful by the disdain with which she considers she was treated by her husband’s family.
Fortunately for the Queen and for us, her subjects, she was not burdened with an overactive imagination that sees danger in every shadow. As a committed Christian, she believes in redemption and the power of good.
Could she talk sense into Prince Harry? She would certainly listen. Harry is not quite ready to sever the ties that bind him to his royal family; why else would he and Meghan ask if their daughter Lilibet could be christened in St George’s Chapel, Windsor?
The Queen will not listen to voices telling her to “uninvite” Prince Harry and Meghan to the jubilee celebrations.
She believes in reconciliation.
After all, she achieved it with her uncle, the Duke of Windsor, shortly before he died in 1972, leaving both of them smiling and the Crown stronger.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK