Prince Harry has “every right to tell his story” in his upcoming memoir, a royal commentator has said. Natalie Oliveri said the Sussexes’ explosive Oprah Winfrey interview was “very much the Meghan show”.
The royal commentator said the Duchess of Sussex was “given the most time to speak and share her version of events” during the interview last year, while the Duke was “largely overshadowed by what his wife had to say”.
But Ms Oliveri warned that Harry “must tread carefully” with his highly-anticipated memoir as she highlighted royal author Tina Brown’s claim that the book might never be published as it would rule out the prospect of a future return to the royal fold.
In a column for Australian website Honey Nine, Ms Oliveri said: “While Harry has every right to put forward his life story, he must tread carefully.
“The book will, no doubt, be an instant best-seller. Despite any rumoured edits, publishers will ensure the book contains juicy anecdotes to justify Harry’s hefty paycheck.
“But the Duke of Sussex will know that Brown is right in some regard: if he ever wants to return to royal life in some form, he must be careful in what he says. Burning bridges is never a good thing.”
Ms Oliveri’s comments come amid intense speculation over the content and release date of Harry’s book, which is due to be published by Penguin Random House later this year.
The Duke reportedly wanted to make 11th-hour changes to the tome – which he previously promised would be an “accurate and wholly truthful” account of his life – following the death of the late Queen.
Harry was said to fear some sections “might not look so good” as King Charles starts his reign.
Speaking last month, a source said: “Harry has thrown a spanner in the works as he is desperate to get it refined in the light of the Queen’s death, her funeral and his father Charles taking the throne.
“There may be things which might not look good if they come out so soon after the Queen’s death and his dad becoming King.
“He wants sections changed. It’s not a total rewrite by any means. He desperately wants to make changes. But it might be too late.”
Earlier this week, Ms Brown, author of The Palace Papers, said she believes Harry’s memoir “won’t see the light of day” as there would be “no way back” for the Duke, who is living in California with Meghan after quitting royal duties in 2020.
Speaking at the Henley Literary Festival, Ms Brown said: “They are now in this bind, where they’ve taken all this money and Harry has made this book deal where he’s supposed to spill everything about his horrible life as a royal, but now he’s actually tortured about it because he understands there is no way back if he does it.
“If the book continues, I don’t think there is any way for Harry to return. So my view has always been that the book won’t see the light of day.
“The window is beginning to close but I always thought at some point a deal would be made and Charles would have to pay back the advance to stop Harry writing this book.”