The relationship between Prince Harry and Prince William, which has steadily worsened since Harry started dating Meghan Markle in 2016, is likely to hit a new nadir in 2022.
There are a number of reasons for this, but the most ominous cloud on the horizon for William (and indeed, the rest of the royal family) is undoubtedly the publication of Harry’s memoir, scheduled to appear next fall, and previously described to The Daily Beast as “the stuff of nightmares” for the royals.
Penguin Random House are rumored to have paid some $20 million for the tome. For that price, publishing sources say, it is unimaginable the book will not contain major bombshells.
“The word is that almost the entirety of the book was seen by Penguin before they bought it,” said a source, “There is no way they would have paid that kind of money for a glorified self-help book. It will be explosive.”
Harry’s brother’s sense of betrayal at this ultimate royal cash-in is likely to be acute. William, as is well known, is enormously protective about his family’s privacy. To have it breached by hateful, phone-hacking tabloid journalists is one thing; the prospect of it being violated by your brother is quite another.
The contents of the book are of course top secret. Harry’s only public comment so far has been to say: “I’m writing this not…