Susanna Reid defends Prince Harrys right to tell his truth in controversial memoir
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Susanna Reid has said Prince Harry has every right to tell his own story in a new memoir and has defended his right to privacy despite lifting the lid on his personal life.
The Good Morning Britain presenter was discussing the news that Prince Harry has been secretly writing his memoir and will publish it through Penguin Random House in late 2022 when she backed his decision.
Chatting to former royal editor Duncan Larcombe and her co-host Ben Shephard on Tuesday morning, Susanna said: "Look, I don’t think it’s unreasonable for Prince Harry to define the kind of privacy that he wants.
"He’s talked about how he found it really traumatic just constantly being covered by paps and the experience that his mother had.
"I think it’s a little disingenuous when people say, ‘oh you wanted privacy and you went away and now you’re doing a book’.
"In their words, he wants to tell his own truth, he wants to be in charge of his own story."
Ben agreed, adding that he thought people would find the book fascinating: "There is a huge part of his story that people will be keen to know about, as a child growing up, going to school, being in the army, the hugely important role he played in the army that we're all very proud of him for doing.
"Where he certainly, like much of our armed forces, could be considered a hero. There's a huge swath of the country that would love to understand more about what he went through and what that taught him about who he is now."
In the announcement about his memoir, Prince Harry said: "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."
Later in Tuesday's Good Morning Britain, Susanna and Ben spoke to Prince Harry's former biographer Angela Levin and TV presenter Trisha Goddard about the memoir.
Angela questioned what version of the truth he would be telling as she claimed: "His father is at the top of the list of people to smash yet again."
She added: "I worry that he will come for the Queen's jubilee because he thinks it will promote the book.
"He can't hang on to his royal title and then give very little in return and air their dirty linen in public."
However, Trisha agreed with Susanna that Prince Harry had every right to tell his own story.
She said: "People think of the Queen as this frail little old lady – she is not, she is a strong woman who has been through a lot."
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