A former UK ambassador has poured cold water on the news that Prince Harry will be releasing his first official memoir.
The Duke of Sussex appears eager to set the record straight regarding the last dramatic couple of years, describing the upcoming book as a "firsthand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful" when he announced the news on Monday.
Since then, royal commentators have claimed he might include some unfavourable details about the Royal Family, following on from his bombshell TV interview with Oprah where he said his wife Meghan Markle was not supported by his relatives – even when she was suicidal.
Talking on Sky News Australia's The Kenny Report, former foreign minister and ambassador Alexander Downer said he believes Harry is attacking his family and deserves to be "ignored".
Chris Kenny questioned if the Duke of Sussex, aged 36, had "done enough" to warrant a memoir.
Alexander replied: "I think he has done more than enough to lead us to ignore him really.
"Going around and attacking your own family, your parents. You know, enough is enough."
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Representatives for the Sussexes have been approached for comment.
Prince Harry is having his memoir ghostwritten by Pulitzer Prize-winning ghostwriter JR Moehringer.
Announcing the book, Harry said: "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."
It’s so far unclear what the advance was, but according to the publisher, Harry, 36, will be donating the proceeds to charity — despite having recently inked lucrative deals with Netflix and Spotify.
The book is being published by Penguin Random House and Harry is donating the undisclosed advance payment to charity.
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