How Prince Harry's Tell-All Memoir Will Hang Over Royals in Queen's Platinum Jubilee Year

Prince Harry's highly anticipated memoir is due for release at the end of the same year that Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 70 years on the throne.

The year of 2022 was intended to be a royal party and celebration of the monarchy, with a giant dragon figure leading a pageant through the post-COVID streets of London in honor of Elizabeth.

The Queen reaches a major milestone, completing 70 years on the throne, in February 2022 and there will be street parties across Britain, with the biggest celebrations saved for June when she has her official birthday.

However, there may be a cloud over the festive mood as Harry is expecting to be nearing the end of a very different journey, towards completing his memoir.

The Duke of Sussex announced Monday that he will be "telling my story," offering a "first-hand account" and giving a "wholly truthful" narrative of his experiences as a prince.

He has launched repeated broadsides against his family since he and Meghan Markle told Oprah Winfrey in March an unnamed royal expressed concern about how dark their unborn child's skin might be.

Harry has accused his father, Charles, of cutting them off financially and refusing to take their calls, and later of passing on the "genetic pain" of his own royal upbringing.

While the queen expressed her wish to deal with the fallout privately, there have been signs of a concerted fightback from other quarters.

The criticisms appeared to prompt the leak of bullying allegations against Meghan shortly before the Oprah interview aired and more recently, biography Battle of Brothers said William kicked Harry out of Kensington Palace.

Now, just when the trans-Atlantic dispute was threatening to calm down—Harry has announced he will put his extensive experiences of palace life from childhood to adulthood on paper for publisher Penguin Random House.

Prince Harry and Prince William Unveil Statue
Prince Harry and Prince William during the unveiling of a statue they commissioned of their mother Princess Diana in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, on what would have been her 60th birthday on July 1, 2021 in London, England. Prince Harry is writing a tell-all memoir. Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images

And he hinted his attitude to the monarchy has not warmed, saying in a statement: "I'm writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become."

If the schedule for publication is kept to, as 2022 draws towards a close the royal family may once again find themselves working out how to respond to damning allegations from the Sussexes.

And that means they will have a dilemma even during the official celebrations months earlier in June 2022, when the family will gather on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the queen's birthday parade, Trooping the Colour.

The royals will be photographed watching the marching bands and the RAF fly past in a show of royal pageantry.

If they chose to invite Prince Harry and Meghan, then they will allow the royal couple to continue to position themselves as royal insiders, rather than outcasts, just months before the book's release.

However, if the family decline to invite them, they will appear to reject Meghan, the first royal of color in living memory.

Historian Robert Lacey, whose book Battle of Brothers charted the breakdown of royal relations, recently told Newsweek the royals must invite Harry and Meghan.

Prior to the announcement of the memoir, he said: "If we're looking for an ultimate deadline for the rift to be resolved, it's who goes on the balcony next summer. If the mixed races Sussexes are not on the balcony, that would surely be, not a fatal blow, but a pretty disastrous blow to the credibility of the royal family in multi-racial Britain and with a multi-racial Commonwealth."

"Ultimately," he continued, "Meghan must realize that it's in her interests to be there because she and Harry must acknowledge that the ultimate source of their celebrity is their royalness. She was a successful actress but she would not have appeared on Oprah if she was not married to Harry.

"If Harry or she shift from the role of royal critic or rebel into actual outcast and become like a modern day Duke and Duchess of Windsor, will Netflix renew their contract? There's a complexity there that has to be resolved. So on both sides it makes sense in the long term to reconcile. The long term would seem to be that balcony next year."

Aged 21, Harry joked he’d like a newspaper column to “get the truth across”. Two decades later, he’ll have his own book. It’s coming out after the Platinum Jubilee celebrations – organisers of the balcony appearance take note. #PrinceHarry

— Peter Hunt (@_PeterHunt) July 19, 2021

The Duke of Windsor, formerly Edward VIII, was the queen's uncle and was king until he abdicated the throne to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

Following Harry's book announcement that particular connection has already been made in the British press.

Robert Jobson, author of Prince Philip's Century, told the Daily Mail online: "As night follows day, this was always going to happen. It will become an international bestseller, but at what cost to the monarchy? There will be nowhere to hide. It is not the first time an 'exiled' senior royal has written a memoir... the former King Edward VIII wrote one.

"His book, A King's Story: The Memoirs of HRH the Duke of Windsor, KG, was published to a media storm in the 50s. It caused a sensation.

"But this is bound to cause mayhem amongst the House of Windsor. If Harry, which seems inevitable, goes into detail about mental health issues involving his wife and alleged racism at the heart of the royal family, it will be hugely damaging to the House of Windsor and the Monarchy as an institution."

In his statement announcing the book, Prince Harry said: "I'm writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become. I've worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and my hope is that in telling my story—the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned—I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think.

"I'm deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I've learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a firsthand account of my life that's accurate and wholly truthful."

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The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team fly in formation over Buckingham Palace as The Royal family stand on the balcony on June 5, 2012 in London, England.
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