The Duke of Kent’s royal memoirs is due to be published in May ahead of the Duke of Sussex’s tell-all autobiography. Edward, who is known as “Steady Eddie” in the Royal Family, will tell the story of a lifetime supporting the Queen’s public work.
A source close to the Duke told the Daily Mail’s diary editor Richard Eden: “Edward’s book will aim to show that the most successful members of the Royal Family are those who support the Queen and don’t compete with her.”
Edward’s 304-page book, titled A Royal Life, is co-written by royal biographer Hugo Vickers.
A source told the Daily Mail: “His involvement began as an aide during the first national Covid lockdown.
“Unable to carry out his official engagements or military and charity duties, the Duke had the idea to set down some thoughts about what working for the Royal Family involves.
“In that respect it is not a tell-all memoir.
“But he has talked about his father and mother and some of the recollections are very moving.”
It is understood the Queen is aware of her cousin’s book.
Edward’s book is due to be released months before the monarch’s grandson shares his own memoirs.
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He said: “I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become.
“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.
“I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I’ve learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a first-hand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”
Markus Dohle, CEO of Penguin Random House, said: “All of us at Penguin Random House are thrilled to publish Prince Harry’s literary memoir and have him join the world-renowned leaders, icons, and change-makers we have been privileged to publish over the years.
“Prince Harry has harnessed his extraordinary life experience as a prince, a soldier, and a knowledgeable advocate for social issues, establishing himself as a global leader recognized for his courage and openness.
“It is for that reason we’re excited to publish his honest and moving story.”
The royals are likely to be bracing after Harry made a series of explosive claims about the monarchy in his and Meghan’s Oprah Winfrey interview.
The Sussexes quit royal duties in March 2020 and have settled into their new lives in Montecito.