Prince Harry's upcoming memoir could "end up being the equivalent of the Gunpowder Plot 2.0" for King Charles, according to a royal expert.

The book, for which the Duke of Sussex has signed a £36million deal with publishers Penguin Random House, was set to be released by the end of this year.

However, it now looks likely to be delayed to 2023 following the Queen's death.

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Harry previously promised that it would offer people a "first-hand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful".

Buckingham Palace is reportedly worried over its contents and the impact it could have on the Royal Family, given Harry and Meghan Markle's well publicised row with the Firm.

Last week, a royal insider told The Daily Beast: "There is one chapter in particular that could spell big trouble for Charles."

They added that the book is of much more concern to royal aides than the upcoming release of The Crown season five, as well as Harry and Meghan's mysterious Netflix docuseries.

According to royal expert Daniela Elser, the book threatens to be a "literary IED" for the King given the wealth of experiences Harry has to draw upon.

Writing for news.com.au, she said: "The duke, though, has a literal lifetime of revelations, dirt and secrets to draw on, not to mention the Viking-sized battle axe he has to grind with his family.

"This book could well end up being the equivalent of the Gunpowder Plot 2.0."

She added that "the timing" of the release should make the King particularly nervous.

"Only months into his reign, the king simply does not have the public capital to easily withstand a full-frontal offensive by his own son, if that is what the book ends up being," Elser wrote.

The Times' royal editor Valentine Low has also suggested the King has cause for concern.

He told The Daily Beast he had knowledge of a meeting in London between Harry and a private individual who urged him to go easy on his family.

"Harry was not very receptive to the idea," Low said.

Luckily for the King, Elser's Gunpowder Plot comparison would imply that the book will be foiled before it can take down the monarchy, and there have been reports that royal aides are plotting to stop its release entirely.

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