The Daily Telegraph

There’s enough for another book – I cut memoir in half to spare my family

The Duke of Sussex says he edited out revelation­s about his father and brother because ‘they wouldn’t forgive me’

- By Victoria Ward Royal Editor

THE Duke of Sussex has revealed that he has enough material to write another book, having held back disclosure­s for which the King and the Prince of Wales would not “ever forgive” him if made public.

In an interview with Bryony Gordon of The Daily Telegraph, Prince Harry said the original transcript for his book, Spare, was twice the length of the final draft, admitting that a lot of the detail edited out concerned interactio­ns with both his father and his brother.

The disclosure is likely to leave the Royal family deeply concerned about future revelation­s, as Buckingham Palace sources noted that he might be forced to write further books for financial gain.

The Duke said: “The first draft was different. It was 800 pages. And now it’s down to 400 pages. It could have been two books, put it that way. And the hard bit was taking things out.”

He added: “There are some things that have happened, especially between me and my brother, and to some extent between me and my father, that I just don’t want the world to know.

“Because I don’t think they would ever forgive me.”

He admitted that he had struggled at times to determine what to include and what to leave out following 50 video calls with his ghostwrite­r, aware that within his family, writing a book was “an absolute ‘No’”.

The Prince, who has accused palace staff of lying to protect his brother Prince William, claimed that the media had “a s--- ton of dirt about my family, I know they have, and they sweep it under the carpet for juicy stories about someone else”.

He said that he knew he was “going to get trashed” for anything he included in the memoir about his family but insisted that it was impossible to tell his story without their inclusion.

The Duke also revealed that he felt a “responsibi­lity” to reform the monarchy for the sake of Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince

Louis, four. “I know that out of those three children, at least one will end up like me, the spare,” he said. “And that hurts, it worries me.”

However, he admitted that the notion frustrated the Prince of Wales. “He has made it very clear to me that his kids are not my responsibi­lity,” he said.

Regardless, the Duke said he liked to “fix” things and that he was approachin­g his mission with “long term, strategic thinking”.

“This is not about trying to collapse the monarchy, this is about trying to save them from themselves,” he claimed. “I know that I will get crucified by numerous people saying that.”

Gordon spent several hours with the Duke and Duchess at their home in Montecito, California, ahead of the book’s publicatio­n but as revelation­s from the memoir first emerged online, she witnessed his disappoint­ment as it was scrutinise­d.

The meeting came ahead of a series of interviews broadcast over the last week amid a publicity blitz that resulted in the book selling 1.4 million copies in the UK, US and Canada on Tuesday, its first day of publicatio­n.

Speaking to Gordon, the Duke demanded that the Royal family apologise to Meghan and used the interview to address them directly as he said: “Because you know what you did, and I now know why you did it. And you’ve been caught out, so just come clean, and then we could all move on.”

He said that “if people had listened” when he had raised the alarm, they would not be in this position.

“That’s the saddest part about it, it was all so avoidable,” he added. “But they just couldn’t help themselves.”

He likened his family’s silence on the entire furore to abuse.

Prince Harry, 38, said that he genuinely wanted his brother and his father back in his life.

His “technique”, he suggested, was to completely curtail the relationsh­ip between the Royal family and the press and by doing so, protect them.

“When you’re trying to change an institutio­n, and the media landscape, that is not a small task,” he added.

“The scale of the challenge is enormous and I have to be able to protect myself mentally and emotionall­y throughout that process.”

He admitted that he did not understand why it was considered so “shocking and outrageous” for him to tell his own, “truthful”, side of the story.

But he vowed to continue “the good fight” in standing up for Meghan “and other women” and encouragin­g other men to do the same.

“If you don’t lead by example, what is the point in living?” he said.

The Duke said that he had tried to explain to his family that the decisions they were making were going to reflect badly on them, not least when it came to his wife. “I couldn’t get through to them,” he said. “It wasn’t that I gave up, but I do feel as if I failed in that instance, trying to bring them with me.”

He suggested that although his family might not like him at the moment, they would thank him in a few years’ time for talking so openly about trauma.

 ?? ?? Prince Harry has said ‘there are some things that have happened, especially between me and my brother, and to some extent between me and my father, that I just don’t want the world to know’
Prince Harry has said ‘there are some things that have happened, especially between me and my brother, and to some extent between me and my father, that I just don’t want the world to know’

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