Prince Harry faces criticism over book announcement

The Duke of Sussex is to publish a literary memoir next year, promising to be an “accurate and wholly truthful” account of his life, it has been announced.

It will cover his lifetime in the public eye, including his time in the military, marriage and fatherhood.

Harry said the memoir, to be published by Penguin Random House, will be written “not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become”.

The reaction to the announcement has been mixed but some people less than impressed.

Piers Morgan tweeted: “You’ve got to be f***ing joking” in response to the news.

In a subsequent tweet, Morgan added: “Ready to tell his story? Prince Privacy hasn’t stopped yapping, whining & trashing his family all bloody year.”

Another person posted: “I’m sorry, but who is actually interested in reading the autobiography of Prince Harry? We have seen enough from both of them already. Let’s respect their wishes for privacy and not buy his book.”

Some critics went so far as to call for Harry’s royal title to be removed.

“I see Prince Harry is writing an autobiography to talk about the highs and lows of being in the Royal Family. He needs to have his title removed, same for Meghan. They are tarnishing the name of the Royals. They are both publicity and media crazy,” tweeted one person.

Another suggested the book would hurt the royal family, writing: “I am deeply saddened, as I am sure thousands of others are, that the privacy seeking Prince Harry cannot spare the Royal family from further unnecessary pain, by writing this unnecessary book! Even if the proceeds are going to charity, it must still be a regrettable venture.”

Others were more supportive.

One person tweeted: “I love that Prince Harry is taking control of the narrative and telling his own story! By far, other than his mother, he’s the most interesting member of the British royal family.”