Joanna Williams

Spare us Prince Harry’s ‘literary memoir’

However you look at it, ‘freedom day’ turned out to be a bit of a damp squib. So thank goodness for Prince Harry who managed to squeeze in some good news to cheer us all up. His formerly-royal highness is to publish his memoirs. It’ll be an ‘intimate and heartfelt’ account no less, written, he tells us, ‘not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become.’ I can’t be the only one barely able to contain my excitement.

One tantalising question is what more Harry still has to reveal. Having spent a tempestuous couple of years desperately seeking privacy in between pouring his heart out in a series of podcasts and high profile interviews, is there really anything about Harry we do not already know? From the moment of his birth, the facts have been well documented. And, more recently, every feeling, every moment of emotional turmoil, every ounce of mental pain, has been dished up for our gratification. What on earth does he have left to say?

Clearly he has found something. Harry has, apparently, been working on his book for almost a year now. This means he picked up his pen shortly after leaving the royal family. That would be in between signing deals with Netflix, becoming a father for the second time, taking on the role of chief impact officer at mental health-focused tech start up BetterUp, joining the Aspen Institute think tank as commissioner on media disinformation and delivering inspiring speeches on the need to save the planet. Never mind his memoirs, I wish Harry would write a guide to time management – clearly this is an area in which he has some expertise.

Oh spare us, please. Here’s my truth. Harry, you were born into privilege most of us can barely imagine

Perhaps it’s unsurprising then that the Duke’s book is not being billed as an autobiography.

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