Why Prince Harry’s memoir could ‘affect’ Prince Charles’ role as future King

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Prince Harry attend the Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Games
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Prince Harry’s memoir could reportedly make things “difficult” for Prince Charles as the future King, as it’s claimed the Queen likely finds the book “concerning”. 

  • The Duke of Sussex’s upcoming memoir has been described as a “wholly truthful” account of his life as a member of The Firm (opens in new tab)
  • Now a royal author has suggested that the Queen could be concerned about what “accusations” Prince Harry could make about his father in the book.
  • This royal news (opens in new tab) comes as it’s reported that Prince Harry has renewed the lease on Frogmore Cottage (opens in new tab).

Ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle “stepped back” (opens in new tab) as senior royals the couple have been busy launching multiple exciting ventures. One of these, Harry’s memoir, is due to be shared with the world later this year and anticipation is already huge. According to OK! (opens in new tab), royal author Duncan Larcombe has expressed his belief that the future of Harry’s family relationships could be heavily influenced by the revelations he makes in his memoir.

Not only that, but the author has suggested that it could potentially make things “very difficult” for Prince Charles as future King. 

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Due for release in late 2022, Charles reportedly fears the memoir will “publicly blame” Duchess Camilla (opens in new tab) for any childhood pain. Whilst some sources have alleged that the Queen is also “worried” about Camilla (opens in new tab) ahead of the book’s publication.

Now Duncan has suggested that it’s not just Camilla, but Charles, whom the Queen might be concerned about when it comes to her grandson’s memoir. He reflected that until the contents are known the so-called ‘distance’ between Harry and his family could “continue”. 

The author claimed to OK!, “We don’t yet know if or how strongly he’ll slate his father and brother in the book. It’s hard to imagine what might be coming, but until that book hits the shelves, the stalemate is highly likely to continue.”

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and future King, stand during the State Opening of Parliament

Discussing potential thoughts about the book, Duncan alleged that the Queen, who is marking her Platinum Jubilee (opens in new tab) year, could fear “accusations” about Charles’ worthiness as future king. 

“What must be concerning her most right now is not so much whether Harry will say Charles was unworthy as a father, but whether he’ll say he’s not worthy of being future king,” Duncan speculated. “If those sorts of accusations emerge, it could make things very difficult indeed.”

Prince Charles is first in the royal line of succession (opens in new tab) and the Queen has recently addressed her son’s future reign. In a heart-warming Jubilee message she shared her “sincere wish” that Camilla should become Queen Consort (opens in new tab) when Charles becomes King, reflecting on the monarchy’s future. 

Any potential suggestion by Harry that his father isn’t “worthy” of being King would likely cause shockwaves and could possibly affect the way people view the future of the monarchy.

Queen Elizabeth II speaks with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex as they leave after the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor to Thomas Kingston

Though despite Duncan’s speculation that Harry’s memoir could make things “difficult”, royal commentator Katie Nicholl believes that he’s unlikely to want to upset his grandmother like this. 

“The Queen is 95, and she’s obviously feeling the strain of losing her husband, as well as her advancing age,” Katie stated. “On a personal level, I think Harry will be very concerned for his grandmother’s health.”

Whether or not Prince Harry's memoir will make revelations that concern Prince Charles and his role as future King remains to be seen. Though with just months to go until publication, there'll likely be many fans eager to read his account of royal life very soon.

Emma Shacklock
Senior Lifestyle Writer

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, Goodto.com, and My Imperfect Life.