Prince Harry's stark warning ahead of new memoir amid risk of 'losing public support'

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex tours The Silverstone Experience at Silverstone on March 6, 2020 in Northampton, England.
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Prince Harry has announced a £29 million, four-book deal but he has been given a stark warning by a PR expert ahead of the big career move.

Prince Harry has announced a £29 million deal with Penguin Random House for four books (opens in new tab), including a memoir that will be released in 2022.

This is one of the many business ventures he and Meghan Markle have begun since stepping back as senior royals (opens in new tab) and moving to their new LA Home (opens in new tab). Other projects include a Spotify podcast deal (opens in new tab) and a multimillion dollar Netflix deal (opens in new tab).

Now, PR expert, Pablo O’Hara, has warned that Harry must avoid "exaggerating" as it may not be well-received by the public.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 at Westminster Abbey on March 9, 2020 in London, England.

Speaking to the Daily Star, he explained, "My hesitation would be to avoid exaggerating events to shift more copies and swerve bitter revenge. If he wants to rebuild and maintain his reputation, he needs to stick to the truth.

"Keep it steady, be truthful, and move forward. The public won't be receptive to a bitter, divisive and hammed-up biography written by a Hollywood professional."

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He also added that the book could be a very good opportunity to gain public favour to Harry’s side, and would be good for building his brand across the pond. 

It’s been reported that the Queen is extremely concerned about the memoir (opens in new tab) and that Prince Harry did not warn his father, Prince Charles (opens in new tab) about the upcoming book. 

The memoir, which has been described as "accurate and wholly truthful" will detail the "highs and lows" of Harry's upbringing within the royal fold and under the media spotlight. 

In a tweet from Random House, they shared a quote from Harry, teasing the book announcement. He said, ‘I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man, I have become.’

Naomi Jamieson
Naomi Jamieson

Naomi is a Trainee News Writer with the Lifestyle team and has worked with the team for seven months. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on fashion, wellbeing, and entertainment for Goodto.com and My Imperfect Life and is training for an NCTJ Qualification.