Prince Harry wants to shake off a public perception of being a "moaner" with his new book, and reportedly feels that he has been a "victim", according to former royal aide.
The 37 year old prince, who is the son of heir to the throne Prince Charles and the beloved late Princess Diana, has been the subject of intense scrutiny since the day he was born, but perhaps never more so than since he introduced girlfriend Meghan Markle to the world in 2017, and later married her in 2018.
The pair sensationally announced they were stepping down from their roles as senior members of the royal family in January 2020, going on to live in California and sitting down for an explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, but Prince Harry is said to want to shake off any negative public perception of him with his highly-anticipated memoir, which is set to hit stores later this year.
His late mother Diana’s former private voice and presence coach Stewart Pearce, author of the book Diana: The Voice of Change, has spoken exclusively to OK! about Harry's upcoming memoir and what Stewart thinks the Prince hopes to achieve with the book.
Stewart, who is wholly supportive of Harry, believes the prince's decision to tell his life story in the memoir "echoes his mother's outlook on life and desire to 'speak her truth'."
He said: "The reason why Harry is bringing forth a memoir is to correct a lot of erroneous stories about the nature of his life over the last 25 years since Diana's death.
"He [Harry] is pregnant with the conviction of honesty and with leverage of transparency.
"He felt that he was very much a victim as he tried to steer his way forward being the freedom fighter and liberationist that he is; particularly in relation to Meghan Markle."
Since Harry and Meghan's big move to the US, they've signed mega-bucks deals with huge companies such as Netflix, as well as making humanitarian speeches or discussing climate change, despite public backlash over them flying around the world in private jets.
Stewart discussed the idea of Prince Harry wanting to rebuke the public's idea that he was a "moaner", as he said: "At the moment very few people seem to understand where he’s coming from, they just feel that he’s a moaner. And of course, he’s not, what he’s doing is he’s addressing the unseen."
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Stewart predicted that this upcoming memoir will be part of Harry’s ongoing therapy and journey to overcome his past traumas, including his mother's shocking death in a Paris car crash in 1997, when she was just 36, and Harry, the tender age of 12.
Speaking of the public's reaction to Diana's death, Stewart said: "Harry often says that it is so bizarre to see people who did not know his mother, expect for her public personality, moving such grief, whereas he found it difficult to cry – and he was intimate to her."
Stewart believes that Harry inherited his mother’s bravery and being ready to face the consequences of telling his own story lead him to sign the memoir deal, and he also said that he thinks that Princess Diana would have brought out her own tell-all book at some point.
He said: "She would have written her autobiography full of all the many things she learned from her experiences within the Royal Family, and beyond."
"She would have waited until the moment was absolutely specific," he continued.
DIANA: THE VOICE OF CHANGE with a new prologue is out now on Amazon and in bookstores.
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