Royal Family could be ‘collateral damage’ as Prince Harry moves towards ‘closure’ claims royal expert

Prince Harry's memoir is set for release in January 2023 and an expert alleges he wants closure and wouldn't 'hurt' his family 'wilfully'

Royal Family 'collateral damage' in Prince Harry's journey to "closure", seen here he arrives at Westminster Abbey
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The Royal Family could reportedly be “collateral damage” in Prince Harry’s quest to find some sort of “closure”, former royal correspondent Jennie Bond has claimed. 

From the moment Prince Harry’s memoir was announced, fans have likely been more than a little intrigued about what revelations could appear on its pages. Since then it’s been reported that Prince Harry “desperately” wanted to make “refinements” to the manuscript following the death of Queen Elizabeth in September 2022. Whilst it’s also been claimed that the royals are “bracing themselves” for a tense festive period as they look ahead to the release of Prince Harry’s memoir, Spare, on January 10, the day after Kate Middleton’s 41st birthday. 

Now former royal correspondent Jennie Bond has suggested that whilst she doesn’t perceive Prince Harry as deliberately trying to “hurt” them, the royals could be “collateral damage” in a journey to find some sort of peace. 

Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, King Charles III, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence and Anne, Princess Royal walk behind The Queen's funeral cortege

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Opening up to OK!, Jennie expressed her belief that Prince Harry could be using Spare to air his innermost feelings about living in the royal spotlight. She added that it could also potentially provide a “starting point” for a family reconciliation.

Jennie alleged, “I can’t see that things are going to be very easy after January 10. But perhaps once Harry’s got it all out there, maybe it could mark a starting point to try to fully repair their relationship.”

It was then that the expert said that certain members Royal Family could reportedly end up being “collateral damage” as he pursues “closure”, even if it isn’t intended.

“I don’t think Harry’s a vindictive man and I don’t think he would hurt his family unnecessarily or wilfully,” the former royal correspondent claimed. “But I think Harry wants closure and I think [members of the royal family] are going to be the collateral damage in his journey towards that closure.”

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Despite speculating that the aftermath of Spare’s release won’t be “very easy” and that certain royals could be “collateral damage”, Jennie also shared her hope that the months between this and King Charles’ coronation day will provide “a little space for the dust to settle”. 

She added, “I do hope there could be positives. I hope this is more about him and his struggle with grief and his joy at finding love, and I hope that it sends a positive message to other people who’ve had a trauma in their adolescence. I just hope it doesn’t hurt too many people in the telling thereof.”

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In recent years the relationship between Prince Harry and his father King Charles and brother Prince William has been surrounded by intense scrutiny. The Duke of Sussex previously described them as "trapped" in the institution during his and Meghan Markle's Oprah Winfrey interview in 2021.

Since then the royals have reunited several times and His Majesty heartfeltly expressed his "love for Harry and Meghan" in his first address as monarch "as they continue to build their lives overseas". It remains to be seen what Prince Harry's memoir might reveal when it comes to his close family, though fans will no doubt remain eager to find out until it publishes in January 2023.

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with eight years experience working in publishing. Her specialist areas include the British Royal Family, ranging from protocol to outfits. Alongside putting her royal knowledge to good use, Emma knows all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV and more. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, Emma enjoys cooking, long walks and watching yet more crime dramas!