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Loose Women star Janet Street Porter has suggested that Prince Harry should wait until his father Prince Charles is “no longer around” to release his revealing autobiography.
Speaking during a discussion on the ITV lunchtime show following the news that the Duke of Sussex is to write an intimate memoir, Janet, 74, told her co-stars: “A better time might be when his father’s no longer around.”
The journalist continued that she was drawing on personal experience, as she decided to write a book but waited until her parents were not around to read the revelations.
Janet explained: “Speaking from my own experience, I wrote a memoir about my mother and why we didn’t get on and I waited until my mum and dad were dead and even then, there were people in my family that didn’t like what I wrote.”
However, Janet did say that she thought it would be a great help to Harry to put pen to paper.
The TV star continued: “I wrote about my mother and I found it cathartic. I really enjoyed the process so Harry will benefit from writing everything down.”
She went on to add: “He can’t stop telling us his feelings at the moment so this is going to be another encyclopedia of how he feels.”
Janet’s co-star Coleen Nolan agreed that she thought it might not be ideal timing for the world to read Harry’s version of events – although she was looking forward to reading it when it comes out.
Coleen admitted: “If I was a friend or a relative, I’ve got to be honest, I’d say, ‘not now Harry, not now. Wait.’”
She continued: “I think it’s too soon with everything else that’s gone on.”
Continuing her point, Coleen said: “I definitely don’t think he should be thinking about things with his grandmother, our Queen, being the age she is and being hurt by so many things recently being said and done.”
“I just think he is going to open a massive can of worms that he may not ever be able to be fixed. But I will buy it.”
However, Brenda Edwards suggested that the can of worms had already been opened and that it was up to Harry to decide when and how he told his side of the story.
It was announced yesterday that Harry is set to release his memoir late next year, following a deal with publisher Random House.
Speaking about the very personal project, Harry said: “I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but of 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.”
The 36-year-old concluded: "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 firsthand account of my life that's accurate and wholly truthful."
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