Royals fear Prince Harry will discuss Andrew during book publicity
As the Duke of Sussex prepares to publish his memoir this year, there are already fears he will be forced to open up about Prince Andrew’s fall from grace.
Take a walk through the history books and there’s one very clear fact: it’s always the spares. It has always been the spares that have been the troublemakers, troublemakers, headaches and black sheep of the British royal family.
The reign of poor old Queen Elizabeth II was unfortunately no different. She first had to deal with her younger sister, Princess Margaret, who entered into a scandalous relationship with a divorced and older man, the first royal divorce in 400 years, then a long affair with a 17-year-old gardener her cadet.
Then came his second son Prince Andrew, who took on the post of British Trade Ambassador, forced his valet to travel the world dragging the HRH-approved ironing board, showed an ominous willingness to get closer to a who’s who of autocrats and kleptocrats and later spent days staying at the home of a convicted sex offender.
Last, but not least, we come to Her Majesty’s grandson, Prince Harry, who in just two years has done more to undermine, deliberately or not, the British Crown than Oliver Cromwell could ever have dreamed. , and all without a single decapitation.
But if you thought things had been bad lately for Her Majesty, having been forced to deal with one deeply embarrassing spare parts crisis after another, then the news might be about to break. make it even worse.
A new report this week raised the possibility that Harry could face some grilling over his disgraced uncle when he hits publicity to launch his autobiography later this year.
Harry’s thoughts on the Duke of York are one of the few things he and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussexwisely avoided last year.
In a relatively short 12 months, the Sussexes have targeted Buckingham Palace for everything from institutional racism to cruelty, money, titles and the caliber of royal parenthood, managing along the way to shake off a series of legal blows against the British. media and take on the UK Home Office in court.
Yet despite all of this and the Zoom calls, conference appearances, TV interviews, podcast outings and award shows they attended, they managed not to comment on Andrew even once. Truly remarkable stuff.
They managed to maintain this omerta during the same period that Virginia Giuffre sued Andrew in New York civil court, accusing him of sexually assaulting her three times when she was a teenager. (Andrew has always strenuously denied the allegations.)
Last month the two sides settled with the royal agreeing to pay the now Perth-based mother-of-three a settlement, which the Telegraph rakes in around $21.5 million, including a donation to Ms. Giuffre’s charity.
Breaking away from their talkative MO, the Duke and Duchess somehow demonstrated a very sensitive level of self-censorship throughout this sordid chapter of Andrew.
It’s the smartest decision the couple, who are usually advertising heat-seeking missiles, could make here. No family member has commented on the case apart from Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York who will apparently go on any Polish regional TV channel or Italian chat show to protest her innocence. Andrew has never been charged with a crime nor has it ever been suggested that he might be.
But will the Sussexes’ lips remain closed even when a certain Duke has memoirs to vigorously complete and cork?
Later this year, the 36-year-old will publish his as-yet-untitled work, for which he was paid $27 million. Considering the money at stake, it’s hardly hard to assume that Penguin Random House will want a truckload of dollars.
First, there’s the question of what Harry might have been busy jotting down in his “My Early Memoirs” notebook. Having already spilled the wick on royal racism and cruelty, might he have to delve into Andrew’s situation to secure a few explosive reveals and generate enough publicity juice?
Second, there’s the fact that Harry will have to go around the media to dutifully whip out his developer.
This week the Telegraph Camilla Tominey, who announced that Harry was dating Meghan in 2016, signaled that there were already concerns about how this could all play out. She wrote that there are “fears that Harry may face media questions about ‘Uncle Andrew’ when promoting his autobiography”.
She says an insider at New York PR firm Sunshine Sachs, which has advised Meghan for years, told her there was a “concern” that Andrew’s recent settlement could “interfere with the media promotion” of Harry’s page-turner.
It’s a perfectly legitimate concern given that a defrocked HRH is paid a fortune to write a tell-all in the same year that another defrocked HRH was mired in the dirtiest scandal in royal history.
Even if Harry chooses not to get into the Andrew/Jeffrey Epstein/Virginia Giuffre situation, reporters who interview him when he promotes the book won’t have such reluctance – and any credible media worthy of their dusty Pulitzers ask him about André.
Addressing the shimmer last month a friend of Harry’s warned: ‘Just wait for the book to come out because it will shake the monarchy to the core.’
It’s not just his uncle who could be undone by Harry’s autobiography.
The sun previously reported that Charles told aides he feared the book was an “excoriant takedown” of his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
“There are concerns about Harry’s memories of Camilla’s entry into the Royal Family and how her long love affair with Charles damaged him from an early age,” a source said.
“Harry is fiercely loyal and protective of his late mother and her legacy, and did not approve of Camilla becoming the great love of his father’s life.
“Understandably, he found those early years incredibly difficult, and he could publicly blame Camilla for much of what he thinks went wrong as a child, and the trauma the whole situation caused.”
Royal biographer Angela Levin, who spent a year accompanying Harry on his royal duties for her 2018 book about him, said in a radio interview: “Anyone who is somebody says [the book is] will attack Camilla and hold her responsible for [his] mental health and how she stole her father from her mother.
Is it any wonder then that photos from hearings at Windsor Castle from February and this month show the Queen keeping a huge box of $395 Fortnum & Mason milk and dark chocolates in her living room?
Having given up her evening martini last year in the name of health, maybe she just needs a delicious sweet treat to lift her spirits?
Unfortunately, with the way things are going, she’ll only need more expensive boxes of candy this year. Many, many more boxes.
Daniela Elser is a royal pundit and writer with over 15 years of experience working with a number of top media titles in Australia.