UK royal family 'the greatest soap opera we don't have to pay for'

Prince Harry's new memoir, Spare, goes on sale in Ireland on Tuesday
Jack Quann
Jack Quann

20.30 9 Jan 2023

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UK royal family 'the greatest...

UK royal family 'the greatest soap opera we don't have to pay for'

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

20.30 9 Jan 2023

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The British royal family is the greatest soap opera that we don't have to pay for, according to Claudia Carroll.

The author and actress was speaking as Prince Harry's memoir, Spare, goes on sale in Ireland on Tuesday.

It had been billed as the publishing event of the year, but the launch was somewhat scuppered by its surprise sale in Spain.


Harry also did an interview on Britain's ITV ahead of the launch.

Henry McKean spoke to Claudia for The Hard Shoulder, who said she feels the book is too much.

"My brother is circumcised - is that not a little bit personal to share with the world's media?" she said.

"The nastiness about Kate, tights, fights over lip gloss, rows over wedding rehearsal.

"My worry is that Harry left to be happy and saying 'This is what my mother would have done had she been alive'.

"The fact that he got into a car, driven at the same [speed] through the tunnel in Paris to experience what it was like for her.

"I kind of came away from that thinking 'Is there something that he knows that hasn't been shared with the media?'

"It's none of our business, but I thought there's more going on there - maybe that'll be book two, who knows".

'Harry's truth'

Claudia said she finds the British royal family very entertaining.

"Would I buy and read the book? I don't know," she said.

"For me, the royal family is greatest soap opera that we in this country don't have to pay for - we get it for free.

"So much of it has been leaked, would you bother?"

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Meghan Markle and Britain's Prince Harry. Picture by: DPPA/Sipa USA

She said we are unlikely to hear the other side of the story.

"Undoubtedly we're hearing Harry's truth, he's telling it from his point of view," she said.

"The other side are in the invidious position of they can never answer back.

"They just have to sit there, smile, wave - in Kate's case, get your hair blow-dried - and suck it up.

"That can't be easy.

"That family have no choice but to just sit there and say and do nothing - they have no right to reply".

Three book deal

Claudia said this is just book one of three from Harry.

"We had Harry and Meghan on Oprah a year ago, and they said: 'This is it - after this we are going to go quiet, we're going to live our happy lives, let us get on with it.'

"Since then, we've had six hours of Netflix with barely enough content - as far as I could see - to fill six minutes there was so little in it.

"Now we have Spare coming out...and as my own publishers were very quick to point out, it's part one of a three book deal.

'Meghan & Harry' on Netflix An advert for 'Harry & Meghan' on Netflix

"There's another two to come - so you think how far will the misery lit go?

"An awful lot of what was said in the book, and what has been leaked so far - which is pretty much most of it I think - seems to me to be so petty and so almost spiteful," she added.

Henry also spoke to people on the streets of Dublin.

"He's a whinger, he's all out for himself," one man said.

"I do have a good deal of sympathy for him, but I just don't like the fact that he seems to have thrown his family under the bus," one woman said.

"I think it's more of a private matter [that] should have been discussed behind closed doors.

"I do think it was for the money, unfortunately, but I can see he's in a great deal of pain and I hope he finds the help that he needs," she added.

Main image: Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle walk to meet members of the public at Windsor Castle in Berkshire, England following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in December 2022. Picture by: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

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