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Harry's Memoir To Be Released Alongside Book by Meghan Bullying Leak Writer

Newsweek logo Newsweek 8/8/2022 James Crawford-Smith

Prince Harry's memoir—scheduled for release before the end of the year—is to hit shelves alongside a number of prominent royal biographies including one by the journalist who broke the story of Meghan Markle's alleged bullying of palace staff, according to reports.

Though no official release date has been given for Harry's first literary endeavor, described in a press release as an "intimate and heartfelt memoir from one of the most fascinating and influential global figures of our time," it is reported to likely hit shelves in time for the holiday season later this year.

When the book was announced with a "late 2022" publication slate, Harry said: "I'm writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become."

To what extent Harry will discuss members of the royal family in connection with his life story is unknown. Royal commentators have speculated that both brother, Prince William and stepmother Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall could face the most uncomfortable reading.

With the book being undoubtedly one of the most highly anticipated of the year, a holiday release would put Harry's work in competition with others slated for one of the busiest release times in the publishing calendar.

Apart from the publication of Michelle Obama's second memoir titled The Light We Carry on November 15, British newspaper The Telegraph reported that the prince's life story will also sit alongside a book by one of his most outspoken critics and former biographer, Angela Levin.

The author's profile of Camilla marking the duchess' 75th birthday is scheduled for release in Britain on November 10, in which she is expected to look at the royal's relationship with her stepsons William and Harry.

Another upcoming title drawn attention to by The Telegraph which is due for a holiday release has been written by Valentine Low, royal correspondent for U.K. broadsheet newspaper The Times.

Low notably broke the story of bullying allegations lodged against Meghan Markle by former Kensington Palace staff members which were made public ahead of the Sussexes landmark sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021.

Low reproduced a leaked email from Kensington Palace aide Jason Knauf in which the former communications secretary expressed concern that Meghan had "bullied" female members of her staff out of the royal household.

Valentine Low broke the story of bullying allegations against Meghan Markle from former staff members with the publication of a leaked email from Jason Knauf. Knauf (L) photographed November 28, 2018. And Meghan (R) photographed June 9, 2018. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images © Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images Valentine Low broke the story of bullying allegations against Meghan Markle from former staff members with the publication of a leaked email from Jason Knauf. Knauf (L) photographed November 28, 2018. And Meghan (R) photographed June 9, 2018. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

After the publication of Low's article, Buckingham Palace released a statement that read: "We are clearly very concerned about allegations in the Times following claims made by former staff of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

"Accordingly, our HR team will look into the circumstances outlined in the article. Members of staff involved at the time, including those who have left the Household, will be invited to participate to see if lessons can be learned..."

The results of this review, it was recently announced, would not be made public.

Low's book is titled Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown and is scheduled for a September 29 release in the U.K. It aims to look at how the modern-day royals, including the queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry, engage with their trusted staffers.


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The book promises to reveal "an ever-changing system of complex characters, shifting values and ideas over what the future of the institution should be. This is the story of how the monarchy really works, at a pivotal moment in its history."

Having covered the royals for over 25 years, Low has voiced criticism of Harry and Meghan, leaving little doubt as to whether they will get an easy ride in his upcoming book.

"As the reporter who broke the story of the bullying allegations against the Duchess of Sussex, I will of course be discussing them in my book," Low told Newsweek. "But it goes deeper than that: it delves into how the relationship between Harry and Meghan and their closest advisers went so badly wrong.

"It also asks whether anything could have been done to prevent the disaster that was Megxit—and, indeed, whether Megxit really was a disaster."

Speaking to 60 Minutes Australia earlier this month, Low described the Sussexes as having "gotten themselves into a situation where they believe that anyone who is not 100 percent for them is against them and they are very keen to portray themselves as victims; victims of the media and victims of the royal family."

"In their view, it's a black and white world. You're for them or you're against them," added the writer.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a subject in a number of royal biographies released so far this year. Photographed October 17, 2018. Chris Jackson/Pool/Getty Images © Chris Jackson/Pool/Getty Images Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been a subject in a number of royal biographies released so far this year. Photographed October 17, 2018. Chris Jackson/Pool/Getty Images

This year has already seen the release of two key royal biographies which have analyzed Harry's life story in relation to his stepping down as a working royal with Meghan in 2020.

The Palace Papers by former editor of Vanity Fair, Tina Brown, examined the royal's relationship with the media including the hounding from the press that his past girlfriends experienced before meeting Meghan.

The second, and more scathing of the two works, was Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between the Windsors by Tom Bower. It was released in July and featured several bombshell allegations.

These included that Camilla was the member of the royal family who potentially made a racially insensitive comment about the Sussexes future children and that the queen told aides she was relieved Meghan didn't attend Prince Philip's funeral.

Both these claims have been questioned by palace sources though neither Buckingham Palace nor Harry and Meghan have released any official comment on the book.

Newsweek has reached out to the publishers of Prince Harry's memoir for comment.

Update 8/8/22 10:50 a.m. ET: This story has been updated with comments from Low.

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