The Queen is lawyering up ahead of Prince Harrys memoir release

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The Queen is "lawyering up" ahead of the release of Prince Harry's memoir next year, according to Princess Diana's former butler Paul Burrell.

Prince Harry, 36, announced his first book last month, saying it will document the "experiences, adventures, losses and life lessons that have helped shape" him into who he is today when it is released next autumn.

But Paul, 63, says the 95 year old Queen will be preparing to fight back at him and wife Meghan Markle, 40, once the autobiography is released.

He told Closer magazine: "The Queen lawyering up is totally unprecedented – it's her way of saying, 'Enough is enough now'.

"The Queen is a warm, fair, loyal, forgiving, compassionate woman – but if you cross her more than once, or tell her lies, you lose her respect.

"And it seems things have gone too far – Harry and Meghan show no signs of stopping the missiles.

"Back in the day, the 'never complain, never explain' rule could work, and it added to the mystery and privacy of the royals.

"Nowadays, with how quickly news travels and social media, it simply can't work, especially given Harry and Meghan's allegations."

Paul went on to claim The Queen is "apprehensive about what could come next" from her grandson Harry and wife Meghan.

He continued: "This constant drip of information from across the Atlantic, which seems never-ending, has the potential to do an awful lot of damage to both the monarchy and her family."

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OK! online has contacted representatives for both The Queen and Prince Harry for comment on this story.

Paul's comments come after royal commentator Duncan Larcombe told OK!: "There's no doubt now that William is the Royal family’s star performer. In a post-Oprah truth-bomb era, William’s strategy is to keep calm and carry on.

"He hasn't risen to the bait from California, he's just knuckling down to royal work and focusing on where he needs to be and where the royal family needs to be over the next 25 years."

He continued: "The royals never speak out so Harry writing his memoirs will be making a sensational break from everything the Queen's reign has stood for.

"It doesn't matter if Harry writes that the royals are the nicest people in the world, it will still be seen as the ultimate betrayal.

"Any friends of the royals who have gone public or written books are cut off and never spoken to again. This is what happened to Diana's bodyguard, Ken Wharf, who was a father figure to William and Harry when they were growing up. As soon as he wrote a book, he became a pariah."

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