Wills sombre mood at Di statue hints he knew about Harry memoir – expert

Prince Harry’s revelation that he is writing his memoirs could have been the reason for Prince William’s more sombre expression at the unveiling of Diana’s statue, a royal pundit has speculated.

It was revealed earlier this week that the Duke of Sussex has secretly been penning his autobiography and has a book deal with Penguin Random House.

He is thought to have privately told the royals about the project before it was announced, according to People.

And Molly Mulshine, on the Royally Us podcast, suggested Wills knew as early as the Princess Diana statue unveiling on July 1.

Harry flew back alone from California for the tribute at Kensington Palace where he and William put on a united front despite their rift.

She said: “We have talked about how William didn’t look as jolly as Harry a few weeks ago at the statue unveiling.

“I wonder if it is because Harry did give him a heads-up and he was like, God we are getting more of this stuff? And he wasn’t happy, I don’t know.”

Co-host of the podcast Joe Drake agreed: “Probably (William) walking around with that knowledge in his head, like Jesus here we go, more to the story.”

Joe also said that a Palace insider told the podcast that the Royal Family was “shaken up about the book” and that “they are particularly concerned about what Harry will reveal”.

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He added: “The insider revealed to us that they (the royals) haven’t received a copy yet and don’t know what to expect, it is making them nervous.

“That’s the other thing anticipating it in late 2022. We now have a year and half to contemplate what is in this damn thing and if it was my sibling that there were issues with I would be losing sleep.”

Molly also questioned what would be the line from the Royal Family about the book's contents and if they would comment on it, as traditionally they have largely remained silent in the face of comment and accusations.

She said: "Every family has stupid fights and things that sound awful 10 years down the line.

"Do you think they are going to respond to this? When the book comes out do you think the Royal Family will refute it or just let it stand?"

Harry has said he was writing his memoir “not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become”.

On the announcement of the book he said: “I’ve worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and my hope is that in telling my story – the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned – I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think."

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