Princess Diana biographer Andrew Morton believes the British Royal Family will stand united as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex say it all – again.
After the couple were honored at the glitzy Ripple of Hope gala on Tuesday, Netflix will release the first installment of their docuseries titled “Harry & Meghan” on Thursday. He promises to detail their struggles for the public eye. The second episode will be available on December 15. Then on January 10, Harry’s highly anticipated memoir “Spare” hits libraries.
The couple previously addressed their issues with the Royal Family in an explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired in 2021.
“Harry has every right to write his memoirs,” Morton told Fox News Digital. “He is not the first royal to do so, nor will he be the last. It dates back to Edward VIII. He wrote ‘A King’s Story’ in 1951, which was an international bestseller like this is going to be. And it upset the Diana wrote with me, ‘Her True Story’ – international bestseller, upset the royal family. [The former] Prince Charles, Prince of Wales wrote his book with Jonathan Dimbleby where he criticized his parents. It was a big book and again, [it] upset the royal family.”
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“Harry’s book will cause concern and make headlines around the world, but it won’t destroy the institution,” he shared. “And if the institution is so weak that it can’t support a book written by a junior member, then it’s probably not worth keeping…I mean, quite frankly, a book written by [a monarch], a future queen, Diana, and a book by the future King Charles are far more relevant and important than a book of, what is it now? Sixth in line to the throne? Who will quickly go down the hierarchy.”
The British author recently wrote a book about Harry’s grandmother titled ‘The Queen: Her Life’. In it, Morton alleged that the late Queen met her namesake during the Platinum Jubilee but did not want to be photographed during what was believed to be a heartfelt moment. At the time, the Queen was also facing mobility issues as her health deteriorated.
Harry and Markle share two children: Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1.
“They suggested bringing a photographer with them to take a picture of the meeting between the Queen and Lilibet at Windsor Castle,” Morton said. “Meghan and Harry are always very concerned about the optics, how they look, how they look. The queen decided against it because her eyes were bloodshot. And you could also say the queen didn’t want this which was essentially an intimate family moment turned into a sideshow. That’s always been the worry with anything about Harry and Meghan, that they’d turn it to their advantage, turn it into a three-ring circus.
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The Queen died on September 8 at the age of 96.
Morton teamed up with Harry’s late mother for her 1992 story. Diana turned to Morton after learning from a friend that the journalist was writing a book about her. The couple used a mutual friend, James Colthurst, as a go-between while they secretly collaborated on the book. In it, Diana acknowledged marital issues with her husband and former flame Camilla Parker Bowles, who is now the queen consort. She described how their relationship torpedoed her marriage behind palace gates. Charles and Diana’s divorce was finalized in 1996 – a year before she died at 36.
Morton’s experience working with the “people’s princess” is chronicled in the final season of Netflix’s scripted royal drama “The Crown.” It stars Elizabeth Debicki as Diana and Andrew Steele as Morton.
“The hardest thing to deal with was Prince Charles’ relationship with Camilla,” Morton recalled. “When we saw a lawyer, because in Britain libel laws are very strict, the libel lawyer said to us, ‘How can you tell Prince Charles is having an affair with Camilla Parker? Bowles? Are you in the room with them?’ And then the next line was, “Mr Morton, who do you think a judge would believe, you or the Prince of Wales? So we told Diana we couldn’t write about Charles’ relationship with Camilla. And she was furious because obviously it was something that had really marred her life for the past 10 years.”
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“She let us read some love letters…and postcards,” Morton continued. “And that left no doubt that Charles and Camilla were lovers. And then the lawyer came up with a brilliant line. He said, ‘Their secret relationship upset Diana. So you didn’t have to say they were having an affair. So we changed it to “Their Secret Relationship”. We put all of that, the nature of the relationship with Camilla, in the book. So that’s an example of how difficult it is to get material into the book without attracting a lawsuit.
Morton said when it came to telling Diana’s story, she was ready to finally set the record straight on her unhappy marriage, which was targeted by the tabloids. Shortly before her death, Diana announced that she would “be looking for a more appropriate way to combine a meaningful public role, with hopefully a more private life”.
“When it came to choosing the things to bring in [the book]…as far as I’m concerned, I asked him every question I could think of and put it all in,” Morton added.
According to Penguin Random House, Harry’s story will be told with “raw, unwavering honesty” and filled with “insight, revelation, self-examination and hard-won wisdom about love’s eternal power over heartbreak.” “.
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“As Diana, Princess of Wales was laid to rest, billions wondered what the princes must be thinking and feeling – and how their lives would unfold from then on,” a statement read in part. of the publisher. “For Harry, this is finally his story.”
The title of the memoirs is an apparent reference to “heir and successor”, a phrase often used to describe royal siblings. Harry’s brother William is now Prince of Wales and heir to the British throne. When Harry, 38, was born he was just behind William, 40, in the line of succession but has since been pushed back. Their father ascended the throne when the queen died.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped back from royal duties in 2020 and moved to California. Harry told Winfrey, 68, that his family had cut him off financially and that he had helped pay for her security with money left to her by her mother. They have launched many initiatives, including a Netflix production deal and the non-profit Archewell Foundation.
Penguin Random House’s announcement for 2021 included a statement from Harry.
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“I write this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become,” he said. “I’ve worn many hats over the years, literally and figuratively, and I hope that by telling my story – the ups and downs, the mistakes, the lessons learned – I can help show that few no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.