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The British royal family's response to Prince Harry's memoirs is revealing


Considering Prince Harry's revelations in his memoir, many were curious how the clan would handle his return to the public eye after the holidays. What they did is eloquent. 

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(CNN) --

Last week was all about the Duke of Sussex.

This week, it's the royal family's turn.

Given the angry prince's revelations—both in his "Spare" memoir and his media appearances—many were curious how the clan would handle his return to the public eye after the holidays.

When asked by American comedian Stephen Colbert last week, Prince Harry said "of course" that his family along with the British media were actively campaigning to undermine his book.

And he added: “After 38 years, they have told their side of the story.

This is the other side of the story and there are a lot of things in there that maybe make people uncomfortable and scared."


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However, reality is not so black or white.

Indeed, several British newspapers are running headlines echoing what the commentators are saying.

But there appears to be little evidence of a coordinated effort by unnamed palace sources, as Harry claimed, who are actively working to discredit his sayings in the book.

And, of course, there continues to be radio silence from the palace whenever the book is mentioned.

What we have seen is the Windsors participating in walks and meetings in what were their first commitments of the year.


Princes William and Kate, in Liverpool, England, on January 13.

King Charles and the Prince and Princess of Wales began their appearances two days after "Spare" hit bookstores.

In Scotland, the monarch laughed out loud with the public at a meeting with the local community that had the objective of combating rural loneliness.

On the same day, William and Kate looked calm as they visited the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the Open Door mental health charity in Merseyside, northern England.

Neither showed any signs of apparent sadness for their disgruntled relative in California.

Questions yelled at the couple about whether they felt "hurt by the comments in Harry's book" went unanswered.

In the days since, senior royals have participated in engagements at schools, with youth charities and other royal patronages.

Prince Harry's tale has broken records, with its publisher saying on Tuesday that it had sold three-quarters of a million copies in the UK since its release.

Larry Finlay, managing director of Transworld Penguin Random House, said: “We announced last week that 'Spare' was the best-selling non-fiction book on its first day of publication, a record that was confirmed by Guinness World Records.

Now we know that they are also the best-selling memoirs in their first week of publication.

However, that doesn't seem to have fazed the royals.

They will be very aware of optics after the publication of the book.

But instead of being dragged into the soap opera by releasing statements or canceling events that were previously planned, they have focused on rebuilding civic trust that might have been damaged by getting back to work.

The royals know "the power of their platform," as Harry put it so succinctly in his memoir.

They know they need to be seen, that greeting people in person at events they care about resonates, and that putting a real spotlight on local businesses can amplify their message like nothing else.

Thus, his actions last week served as a reminder to the public that family feuds are not stealing the spotlight.

The royal family stands firm with the British people and in the face of the challenges that the new year presents.

King Charles' recent request to use some of the Crown Estate's profits for "the more general public good", rather than bolstering the royal coffers, is another example of this.

Prince Harry's memoir "Spare".

The Crown Estate announced Thursday that six new offshore wind lease agreements generated a large windfall.

Through an agreement established in 1760, the monarch gives all the proceeds of the estate to the Government of the United Kingdom in exchange for a portion called the Sovereign Grant, which is essentially the king's expense account.

However, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson told CNN: "In view of the offshore power windfall, The Keeper of the Privy Purse has contacted the Prime Minister and Chancellor to share the King's wish that such a windfall go into a general public good, rather than into the royal coffers, through a reduction in the proportion of the Crown Estate surplus that funds the Sovereign Grant.”

As trustees of the royal fund, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt and Royal Finance Officer Michael Stevens determined the actual amount of the grant.

The fund is currently set at 25% of the Crown Estate's annual net profits.

That means that in the last financial year, the UK Treasury paid out £86.3m, intended to cover official travel, staff costs and palace expenses.

The exact sum allocated to the public treasury by the king is still unclear.

It's not like that will hurt him this year, either, because the amount he receives is based on the previous two financial years, so the impact of the monarch's moves won't affect the grant until 2024-2025.

But it's probably seen as a symbolic gesture that will be welcome at a time when families across the country are grappling with financial difficulties.

Earlier, King Charles was cognizant of the ongoing cost of living crisis, acknowledging how people in the UK may have struggled to pay their bills and "keep their families fed and warm" in his first Christmas broadcast.

Without complaint or explanation, the family chose their response to "Spare": lean on their courage through service rather than engage in a war of words that would do them more harm than good.

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Source: cnnespanol

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