Harry andMeghan Markle hope the timing of their documentary and memoir will allow tensions to cool before theKing’s Coronation, a royal expert said.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex could be holding out for an invitation to King Charles' official Coronation in May next year despite the ongoing fallout from their departure from senior royal life, podcast host Christine Ross said.
The couples’ Netflix docuseries is expected to air in December and Harry’s tell-all memoir Spare is set to followon 10 January.
The forthcoming documentary has been one of the most talked about programmes of the year – with theRoyal Family braced for any new explosive revelations it might bring.
The Firm is also said to be"preparing themselves" for any potential bombshells in Harry's new book, which is said to be "critical of everyone and everything".
Speaking on theRoyally Us podcast, Christine's co-host Christina Garibaldi said a Coronation invitation for the Sussexes "depends on what's in this book" and "in this documentary" – and "how bad the bridges could be burned".
She added: "I think it all depends on what we are going to see in the next couple of months.”
Christine said: "I totally agree, you know, there's been lots of rumours that last minute edits [are] being done.
"I think that the documentary and the book come out within weeks of each other.
"Maybe they are hoping that between January 10 and, you know, May [that] they have enough time to cool any tensions that might arise."
Agreeing, Ms Christina said: "Well, we'll have to see."
Tensions have risen between Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, and The Firm since the couple decided to step back from senior royal duties in 2020 – moving to Montecito in California.
Famously, the couple gave a tell-all interview to Oprah Winfrey, aired in March 2021, during which Meghan was critical of the way she had been treated during her time as a senior royal.
She claimed she had been falsely accused of making Kate Middleton cry by the media and then prevented from defending herself by Kensington Palace.
She added she had experienced suicidal thoughts and had gone to several senior palace officials for help but was told that checking into a hospital would not be good for public image.
And, perhaps most damaging of all, Meghan claimed an unnamed member of the Royal Family had made private comments to Harry about the skin colour of their then-unborn son,Archie.
The Duke’s hotly-anticipated autobiography, meanwhile, has been described as “unflinching” and “raw”.
Publisher Penguin Random House said the book will be the “definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons that have helped shape him”.
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