Author Kehinde Andrews, who appeared on the Sussexes’ Netflix series, called Harry and Meghan ‘celebrities’ and compared the feud within the family to soap opera EastEnders Prince Harry is today facing a growing backlash among royal experts and TV personalities after leaked copies of his bombshell memoir revealed a string of fresh, jaw-dropping attacks on members of his own family. Author Kehinde Andrews, who appeared on the Sussexes’ Netflix series, called Harry and Meghan ‘celebrities’ and compared the feud within the family to soap opera EastEnders – calling for the abolition of the monarchy, asking: ‘Why are we paying our money for this institution?’. In his controversial tell-all book Spare, which was put on sale early in Spain ahead of publication next week, the Duke of Sussex lobbed a barrage of new ‘truth bombs’ at the Royal Family – including accusations that William assaulted him in a row over Meghan and claims that William and their father Charles confronted him after Prince Philip’s funeral ‘looking for a fight’. Reacting to reports of the contents of the leaked book, ITV presenter Lorraine Kelly admitted her ‘toes will never be uncurled’ after the Duke revealed that he lost his virginity to a cougar in a field when he was 17 – while Kate Garraway branded Harry ‘petty’. Elsewhere, the late Queen’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter called the book ‘spiteful’ and ‘a load of balderdash’. In his book, the prince, who quit as a working royal and moved to California with Meghan in a quest for greater privacy, casts his brother as his ‘arch-nemesis’. Mr Andrews told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: ‘It’s more like Eastenders than anything else. Really this shows this is an institution thast needs to go. Why are we bothering. why is it on the front pages?’. Asked why he appeared on Harry and Meghan’s Netflix documentary, the author said: ‘I was asked to talk about the history of colonialsim and racism around the Royal Family. ‘Credit to Harry and Meghan, at least they’ve brought out some of the issues of the Royal Family – empire, racism, the press – but now it has descended into a farce, and I think that’s where it should go. I think we should fully embrace the farce, they are celebrities, it is gossip columns. The only question is why are we paying our taxpayers money for this institution.’ Elsewhere, Lorraine said: ‘If they don’t manage to heal this, their children will have no family on their Dad’s side and very few on their Mum’s side. I think it’s very sad.’ And on Good Morning Britain, Garraway ridiculed Harry’s pettiness as she expressed disbelief he used his memoir to grind axes over the size of his childhood bedroom. Garraway – who has won two NTA awards – sounded exasperated as she pointed out many were worried about surviving on their wages while Harry complained about his stately home bed chambers. Co-host Ben Shephard appeared utterly bemused as he pointed out the Duke’s gripe about the older brother getting the biggest room was common in families across the world. ITV royal editor Chris Ship said on Good Morning Britain: ‘Talking in the book, as we now know he did, about William in Balmoral had the bigger bedroom and the double bed and he had the wardrobe with the mirrors and I had the shady corner if you like.’ Garraway then added: ‘It sounds so petty though’, to which Chris agreed: ‘It sounds petty’. She declared: ‘People out there worried about paying their bills. The idea he was worried about the size of a wardrobe doesn’t sound like the Harry that did all these wonderful things.’ Shephard then said: ‘That’s not unusual in families anyway. My oldest brother had the biggest bedroom. That was part of it. As soon as my brother had left I moved into the big bedroom.’ Calling the memoir ‘the gospel according to Saint Harry’, Mr Arbiter told BBC Newsnight last night: ‘Quite frankly. a lot of it is questionable. We had Netflix, six hours of it. We had the Oprah Winfrey interview, an hour of it. There were a lot of untruths in that. ‘Buckingham Palace even came out to say that ‘recollections may vary’. And I think this book, over 500 pages long, I think recollections may vary in that too.’ He added: ‘I think it’s a load of balderdash, quite frankly. Royal households don’t brief journos. The journos openly admit that their lives would be much easier if Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace did brief them. ‘Briefing against individual members of the Royal Family is absolute nonsense and Harry, really, this whole exercise of his is revenge. It’s spiteful. ‘And he knows full well that the rest of the family are not going to come forward and respond to his narrative. That’s the last thing they should do. They should invite silence, and not let the narrative run away with itself.’ The BBC’s royal reporter Nicholas Witchell told the broadcaster that Harry’s memoir failed to address sensational claims of racism in the Royal Family that were made in his and Meghan’s bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview. He said: ‘There are, after all, no, as it were irrecoverable lines that we’re aware of on racially inappropriate language or behaviour. Think back to the Oprah Winfrey interview, that was the big issue that emerged there. I’m not aware that that has been taken forward in this book.’ Expert Richard Fitzwilliams called the claims made in Harry’s book ‘awful’ and ‘fantastical’. And former Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown, a biographer of Princess Diana, said: ‘Harry’s turned into a human hand grenade. It’s raining down on the House of Windsor just at the start of his father’s reign.’ Royal expert Jack Royston said: ‘William will be furious and I cannot see William wanting Harry at the Coronation after everything that’s been said. ‘I think it’s a decision that will be made jointly after discussion. Charles is obviously the King and the Prince of Wales does not trump the King. But William is Charles’s son, Charles and Camilla are both mentioned as well, I think this will be discussed by the three of them together and probably Kate as well. William’s voice does count within that conversation, it doesn’t trump the King but his voice counts. ‘It would have to be a long road because public opinion swings so slowly and one thing we’ve seen is every time they go for the royals, every time they take a swing at them, it damages their reputation in Britain’. Spare was supposed to be published on Tuesday amid a huge secrecy operation by its publisher, Penguin Random House. But in a highly embarrassing blunder copies were put on sale in bookshops across Spain yesterday despite signs on the boxes reading ‘not to be opened until January 10’. Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace declined to comment. One source who knew Elizabeth II well said last night that they felt ‘almost comforted’ that she wasn’t alive to see what her grandson had done. ‘Her Majesty would have been devastated,’ they said. Harry’s much-anticipated memoir is even more explosive than Buckingham Palace insiders had feared. He admitted regularly taking cocaine at 17 and boasted about getting the Palace to lie about it to a journalist. The prince also claimed he was innocent of accusations of racism when he was caught on video using the word ‘P***’ to describe an Asian fellow Sandhurst cadet, saying he wasn’t aware that it was a slur and thought it was like calling an American a ‘Yankee’. But it is his discussion of relationships with family members that is most damaging. The book covers every aspect of his life, charting the disconnect with his elder sibling – whom he calls ‘Willy’ – that started from the moment he was born, when Charles allegedly declared that his duty was done. He accused William, 40, of being immersed in his position as future heir to the throne, claimed he ignored him when they were pupils at Eton College, and says he repeatedly put him in his place. In one paragraph Harry, who is affectionately called ‘Harold’ by his family, described himself as feeling like he was born to be the ‘spare kidney’ for his elder brother. Harry also accused William of being the aggressor during ‘Megxit’, claiming their relationship had become so strained and damaged that his sibling would only ‘scowl’ at him. He described several particularly awkward meetings between himself, Meghan, William and Kate, saying his brother and sister-in-law appeared uncomfortable at being hugged by his future wife. He also appeared to accuse the Princess of Wales of over-reacting by demanding an apology from Meghan after she fell out with Kate over wedding plans. Kate was apparently offended that Meghan attributed forgetfulness to ‘baby brain’ after the birth of Prince Louis. Harry also revealed that the two couples even rowed over seating plans and whether William and Kate should be put together.