Prince Harry’s memoir has long been labeled as a late 2022 release – yet, as we approach the middle of the year, a release date has yet to be set by the Duke of Sussex himself or his publisher, Penguin Random House, leaving questions like whether it will be released this year at all.
It could be for a good reason, says royal expert Roya Nikkhah, and it could be linked to Harry’s return to the UK for the Platinum Jubilee next month. Nikkah, writing in The temperature and reported by The daily expresssays a delayed publication date would “avoid overshadowing” Jubilee events, but could also give the prince a chance to write about the Jubilee experience in the highly anticipated book.
Nikkah says it would “give Harry the opportunity to report on his attendance at next month’s celebrations with Meghan and their children, the first time the Sussexes will be reunited with the Royal Family in over two years.”
Behind-the-scenes details of Sussex’s return – which apparently would not be captured by Netflix cameras – would make a compelling coda to his memoir, which was announced last year as “intimate and heartfelt memoirs” of his life, which he calls “accurate and entirely truthful”, the “definitive account” of his “life experiences, adventures, losses and lessons”.
“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,” Harry wrote of the memoir. “I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I have learned in my life so far and thrilled that people are reading a firsthand account of my life that is accurate and completely truthful.
It cannot be ignored that around the return of the family to the UK, there is concern about this revealer. Royal author Ian Lloyd told the Express that the royal family will be “very wary” of the book’s release at Jubilee, and, says Nikkah, they fear it will be as explosive, if not more so, than Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021.
“A delayed publication date would likely be a relief for the Royal Family and courtiers, with some fearing they will be criticized in the book after the Sussexes’ harrowing interview with Oprah Winfrey,” she says.