The Duke of Sussex is in Britain with Meghan Markle, who is due to give a speech at the One Young World summit on Monday, September 5.
Their arrival was greeted in the U.K. press with a debate about whether the couple should meet with Prince William and Kate Middleton amid an ongoing royal rift.
Jobson, the author of William at 40: The Making of a Modern Monarch, told Newsweek: “Why should either do this when they’ve got the book hanging over them and there’s obviously friction? If they don’t feel it’s time for either side to share an olive branch, then they’re not going to meet.
“I don’t see how anybody could really be at ease with Harry and Meghan when the whole book is waiting to come out.”
Harry and Meghan’s U.K. home, Frogmore Cottage, is a short drive from Prince William and Kate Middleton’s new home at Adelaide Cottage, in Windsor.
However, the royal brothers have no plans to meet up during what is a whirlwind tour for the Sussexes. They will also be in Germany on September 6, before returning to London for the WellChild Awards 2022 on September 8.
Jobson said Harry’s memoir would have more impact on the relationship than books by other authors, including Finding Freedom, which was unauthorized, but based on at least some information from Meghan and Harry’s press team. There is nothing to suggest the couple were responsible for material about Prince William that appeared in the book.
And he said the memoir, due to be published by Penguin Random House toward the end of 2022, could be damaging to the relationship with William on grounds of privacy, even if it contains no criticism of the Duke of Cambridge.
He said: “It’s a difficult situation because there’s a lack of trust that needs to built. The healing can’t possibly start until the book is published. This isn’t a book by someone else with their help. Every word he is going to have to take ownership for.
“It’s a very different situation. I think they’re going to have to wait and see. I don’t really blame William anyway with that because there’s a lack of trust.
“There’s not a great deal of love between Meghan and him by the looks of it anyway. It’s going to be very difficult to build bridges after this book.
“I think it was probably an unwise decision, taken probably purely for money, and he will say it was done to put his side of the story but equally there will be things that they do not want to share and William will not want out there.
“It’s private and he’s going to be the king. Whatever Harry says about him whether it’s good, bad or indifferent it’s going to have an impact on his life story as the king. It’s a dangerous game.
“I don’t think the problem is necessarily what is said but the fact that it’s being said.”
Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey painted a picture of the palace as insensitive to Meghan’s suffering.
The duke has often stopped short of directly criticizing William and when asked about their royal rift he told Oprah: “You know, as I’ve said before, I love William to bits. He’s my brother. We’ve been through hell together. I mean, we have a shared experience. But we, you know, we’re on different paths.”
The brothers lost their mother, Princess Diana, in a car crash in Paris in August 1997, when William was 15 and Harry 12.
Dickie Arbiter, Queen Elizabeth II‘s former spokesman, told GB News: “I think it’s a matter of running out of patience, and he [William] will be very sorry that it has come to this. He’s sorry for his father, his father is really being hammered left, right and center.
“You’ve got this black cloud hanging over the family. It’s so unnecessary and there’s no prizes for guessing who is instrumental in all of this.”
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