Harry and Meghan to snub royal family's olive branch: 'Sad'
Just days after Prince Harry announced the title and cover of his memoir ‘Spare’, his family’s Christmas plans have stunned royal fans.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not be spending Christmas with the royals and are planning to ‘snub’ King Charles’ invitation, according to The Mirror.
The publication reports that sources had been hoping ‘relations would thaw’ after Meghan and Harry spent time in the UK after the Queen’s death.
During the mourning period, the couple stepped out in public with Prince William and Kate Middleton for the first time since exiting the royal family. Royal fans hoped that this was the beginning of a reconciliation.
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However, Harry’s memoir will hit shelves on January 10 2023, with Charles and Queen Consort Camilla reportedly in “panic mode” over its contents.
“Camilla has played the cards she was dealt beautifully," a source reportedly told New Idea. "She achieved the near-impossible task of going from royal mistress to Queen, and winning the public’s affection in the process. There weren’t many of us who thought she could pull it off and she’s proven everyone wrong.”
The royal couple fears Harry's explosive memoir will undo all their hard work.
Another source told The Mirror: “This book could spell the end for any relationship Harry wants with his family, it’s desperately sad.
“Everyone is bracing themselves for yet another fraught and frantic period at the mercy of the Sussexes.”
The Duke of Sussex was reportedly paid a $31 million advance for the memoir as part of a three-book deal with Penguin Random House.
His publisher revealed on Thursday that he has already donated $2.3 million to Sentebale, a charity he co-founded that helps children and young people in Lesotho and Botswana affected by HIV/AIDS.
He has also donated $530,000 to WellChild, a British charity for disabled children which he has been a patron of for the past 15 years.
What’s the memoir about?
While few details are known about the contents of the memoir, Penguin Random House gave fans an insight alongside the announcement of the cover art, title and release date.
“With its raw, unflinching honesty, SPARE is a landmark publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief,” the description reads.
“SPARE takes readers immediately back to one of the most searing images of the twentieth century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow—and horror. As Diana, Princess of Wales, was laid to rest, billions wondered what the princes must be thinking and feeling—and how their lives would play out from that point on.
“For Harry, this is his story at last.”
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