Prince Harry, 36, and Prince William, 39, are on “different paths” and have both recently announced plans for books that seem to succinctly sum up their contrasting approaches to life in the public eye. While Harry has revealed plans for a personal memoir, William will pen the forward for a book related to his environmental Earthshot Prize.
While Harry’s book is expected to be about “sharing feelings”, William’s is “a direct call to action”, a language expert has claimed.
A statement announcing William’s exclusive introduction to Earthshot: How to Save Our Planet which is co-authored by former World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) executive director Colin Butfield and award-winning director Jonnie Hughes, said: “With an introduction from Prince William and contributions from Sir David Attenborough, Shakira Mebarak, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Naoko Yamazaki and Christiana Figueres, EARTHSHOT shows us how, by working together, we can solve Earth’s greatest challenges.
“As Prince William, founder of The Earthshot Prize, said, ‘The Earth is at a tipping point and we face a stark choice: either we continue as we are and irreparably damage our planet, or we remember our unique power as human beings and our continual ability to lead, innovate, and problem-solve.
“People can achieve great things. The next ten years present us with one of our greatest tests – a decade of action to repair the Earth.’
“The Earthshot concept is simple: Urgency + Optimism = Action. We have ten years to turn the tide on the environmental crisis, but we need the world’s best solutions and one shared goal – to save our planet.”
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While in a statement announcing his personal memoir, Harry said: “I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man, I have become.
“I’ve worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and my hope is that in telling my story – the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned – I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think.
“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 first-hand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”
And Harry’s publishers said: “In an intimate and heartfelt memoir from one of the most fascinating and influential global figures of our time, Prince Harry will share, for the very first time, the definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses and life lessons that have helped shape him.”
They added: “Covering his lifetime in the public eye from childhood to the present day, including his dedication to service, the military duty that twice took him to the frontlines of Afghanistan, and the joy he has found in being a husband and father, Prince Harry will offer an honest and captivating personal portrait, one that shows readers that behind everything they think they know lies an inspiring, courageous, and uplifting human story.”
Language expert and author Judi James analysed the princes’ contrasting book announcements and highlighted key differences between them.
Judi told Express.co.uk: “Well the good news for the royals is that these two books are unlikely to be on sale side by side or at nearby tables in bookshops around the land.
“The life of Harry is very emphatically a bio of a man described as an ‘honest and captivating personal portrait’ while the Earthshot book is more of an action-based title that has been written to accompany a global campaign and which they say is aimed ‘to inspire a decade of action to repair our planet’.”
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Harry’s book will focus on feeling while William’s will focus on his work, Judi claimed.
She added: “The themes then, are presented as hugely contrasting, with Harry’s book sounding all about sharing the feelings, while William’s is a direct call to action.
“There are ‘puff’ words in both descriptions.
“William’s uses ‘Prestigious’ ‘Authoritative’ and ‘Inspirational’ as well as ‘definitive’ when talking about the campaign.”
Judi added: “Harry’s book is also ‘definitive’, but from there the list is longer and flattering to Harry himself rather than to a campaign like William’s book.
“In Harry’s intro the words used are ‘Fascinating’ ‘Influential’ ‘Captivating’ ‘Courageous’ and all refer directly to the man himself.”
Harry’s book may seek to “defend” the Duke’s public image, Judi claimed.
She added: “There is a degree of defensiveness in the wording of Harry’s book too.”
The analyst explained: “The phrase ‘Literary memoir’ is publishing-speak to elevate the book above the level of a celebrity tell-all autobiography, as though there might have been worries it could be serialised or just bought for any dramatic reveals.
“There is also a telling insistence on truth. The book is described as an ‘honest’ personal portrait and Harry himself uses the words ‘Accurate and wholly truthful’.
“This seems to be clearing the way for any claims that it is not truthful and it also seems to be a nod to Harry’s claims and the fall-out in the Oprah interview.”
Harry can expect “counter-claims” to his memoir once it is out, Judi explained.
She added: “This does sound like verbal over-kill and suggests he might be expecting to have some counter-claims when the book comes out.”
While the Duke of Sussex’s book is about “emotions”, William’s is about “promoting action”, Judi explained.
She added: “Harry’s book is about ‘Life lessons that have shaped him’ and sounds all about emotion and empathy. William’s intro describes the book as more of a global call to arms, aimed at promoting action rather than just thought and sympathy.
“We are going to be asked to ‘repair our planet’ and we are told the book will provide incredible solutions via ‘inspirational case studies’.”