A former royal biographer said he was “puzzled” by the Duke of Sussex’s memoir and said it contained the kind of revelations one would expect from a “B-list celebrity”.
Jonathan Dimbleby has said Prince Harry has “built a narrative of his life that stretches back to the death of his mother” as his highly anticipated book Spare is due out on Tuesday.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Dimbleby, who interviewed Charles when, as Prince of Wales, he revealed his relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles, said: ‘I am puzzled. I can not. He is clearly a very troubled man.
“I’m afraid that everyone uses the word revelations. Yes, there are obviously revelations about how he lost his virginity, drug use, and how many people he thinks he’s shot from his Apache. But those are the kind of revelations, in part, that you expect, I guess, from a B-list celebrity.”
He added: “I think he’s built a narrative of his life that goes back to his sense of terrible loss…to the death of his mother and the loss of his mother…which very easily becomes whatever has happened to you since. . ”
Asked how King Charles must feel about the book, Dimbleby said: “I can only imagine he is extremely pained, very frustrated and would be very anxious to finish it.”
But he said he would be surprised if Harry was not invited to the coronation as “that would only fuel the flames”.
In his memoirs, Prince Harry claims he was not the real best man at the wedding of his brother, the Prince of Wales.
According to reports in the Mirror, Harry said the pretense was performed on behalf of two of William’s close friends, James Meade and Thomas Van Straubenzee, to avoid scrutiny of their private lives.
Writing in the long-awaited memoir, which was accidentally published at the start of Spain, the Duke describes his apparent role as witness as a “barefaced lie”, adding that Meade and Straubenzee gave the traditional speech at the reception.
According to the Mirror – one of several outlets to get a copy of the Spanish version and translate it – Harry writes: “Willy doesn’t want me to give a witness speech.
The Duke also claims his brother was ‘wasted’ on rum hours before his wedding to Catherine Middleton, and was drunk when he came out to greet people at The Mall in London ahead of the ceremony.
Harry said he could smell “the aftereffects of last night’s rum” on his “drunk” brother’s breath, and offered William some mints as he rolled down their car windows, telling him: “You smell like alcohol”.
Writing about his own marriage seven years later, Harry is said to have claimed that William ordered him to shave his beard as he couldn’t stand the thought of his younger brother having an advantage which he had been denied as he had been forced to shave his beard for his wedding.
“At one point he actually ordered me, as heir talking to the reserve, to shave myself,” he wrote.
The book is due for release on Tuesday, having been ghost-penned by JR Moehringer and follows the Harry and Meghan Netflix documentary, in which the Duke said he was ‘terrified’ when William yelled and yelled at him during from a tense top at Sandringham in 2020. .
The memoir comes four months after the death of Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and the start of his father’s reign as king, and follows years of turmoil for the royal family in the middle of the ‘Megxit’ crisis, the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, accusations of racism in the Sussexes’ Oprah interview and the brothers’ long-running feud.
The reports come after revelations from the memoirs emerged, including that Harry said he killed 25 Taliban fighters during his second tour of Afghanistan, and that he and his brother begged his father not to marry now-wife Camilla Queen.