According to a royal biographer, Prince Harry’s upcoming book, “Spare,” will make it more difficult for King Charles III to heal the schism between his two sons.
According to Christopher Andersen, author of the new book “The King: The Life of Charles III,” the royal family likely tried everything they could to prevent the Duke of Sussex’s highly anticipated memoir from being released early next year. This information could not be independently verified by International Business Times.
Andersen explained the royal family’s reaction to Prince Harry’s book to Fox News Digital:
“Oh my gosh, I think they’re shaking in their boots over this. I think that they’ve done everything they [could] to persuade Harry not to publish this book… I just think if you look at what happened in [Queen Elizabeth II’s] funeral, I don’t see fences being mended. I thought that Harry looked very unhappy. Of course, his grandmother just died. But beyond that, there were no affectionate moments. No one was singing ‘Kumbaya’ by any means.”
Andersen said he spoke with numerous palace insiders and those who have known or worked closely with King Charles over the years for his new biography on Prince Harry’s father.
The author claims that King Charles “still has affection” for his youngest son and hopes that Prince Harry and his older brother, Prince William, will reconcile. However, the upcoming memoir is said to make it difficult for the monarch to help his sons mend fences.
Andersen explained to the outlet:
“I’m sure he wants to mend the rift between Harry and William. How [is he] going to be able to do that with this book looming on the horizon with more revelations? … It’s gotta be adversely impossible, I think.”
“I think that Charles is between a rock and a hard place here. If Harry and Meghan [Markle] aren’t going to be working royals, then he wants to follow his mother’s dictum. And that is, if you’re not full-time, you’re out. But by the same token, he needs all hands on deck… It’s going to be interesting to see what happens in the future.”
Vanity Fair royal editor Katie Nicholl stated last month that King Charles was “devastated” by the fallout between the royals and his youngest child and wanted to mend their relationship. Vanity Fair royal editor Katie Nicholl stated last month that King Charles was “devastated” by the fallout between the royals and his youngest child and wanted to mend their relationship.
The “New Royals: Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy and the Future of the Crown” author previously told Fox News Digital:
“I think Charles has been devastated by how things have spiraled. And he is hopeful that there will be a reconciliation. I think we saw that in the very… public olive branches that were extended to Harry and Meghan. After the queen’s death, particularly in that first speech that Charles gave to the nation, he spoke of his love for Harry and Meghan.”
In his inaugural speech as monarch following his mother Queen Elizabeth II’s death on September 8, King Charles expressed his “love” for Prince Harry and Markle as they “continue to build their lives overseas.”
According to Nicholl, the King addressing the Sussexes by their first names in his speech and allowing Prince Harry to wear his military uniform to a vigil for Queen Elizabeth are two signs the monarch wishes to reconcile with his son.
Last month, Penguin Random House announced that Prince Harry’s memoir, “Spare,” will be released on January 10.
According to the publisher, the book will contain “raw, unflinching honesty” as well as “insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.”