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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle set stage for new projects with ‘Diana, Our Mother’ and ‘Diana, Our Father’

Story highlights The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be on the late night circuit to promote their new book

The Royals spoke with “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “The Graham Norton Show”

They’re partnering with Ancestry to educate Americans about important British royal family lore

Duke and Duchess of Sussex aren’t short on moves when it comes to making the media rounds.

Just months after becoming an official couple in May, Prince Harry and the former Meghan Markle took the stage at Wembley Arena in London for their first royal engagement as a couple.

And then, just a couple weeks later, the once-little-known royal couple took the same stage in Brooklyn, New York. But it was the duchess who surprised audiences by bringing her mother, Doria Ragland, to her royal debut.

Last month, the royal newlyweds delighted crowds at their first American public appearance, when they toured Los Angeles with appearances at the Gracie Mansion and the UCLA campus.

And now, the couple has another tour planned: to promote their two new projects: a new book called “The Story of Princess Diana: Her Life and Legacy” and an accompanying documentary called “Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy.”

In the meantime, the former royal couple will continue to make media rounds. In addition to appearing on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (Monday) and “The Graham Norton Show” (Thursday), the couple will likely keep busy before the international debut of their book. You see, the price of a book has risen so that Harry and Meghan’s biography is costing $15 million to publish.

Sure, it’s understandable that the royal couple wanted to protect their mother’s image. On the other hand, it’s pretty late in the game for them to create a book about the late princess. Additionally, the proceeds from their book and documentary will benefit several charities that are affiliated with the royal family.

However, Harry and Meghan won’t be complete successes if they can’t eventually spill the beans about an intimate family conflict: their divided father-in-law, Prince Charles.

According to reports, the duke requested that Charles grant an interview with Oprah Winfrey where he talked about his differences with Meghan, particularly about her father, Thomas Markle. Apparently, the duke reportedly wants the media to forget that Thomas Markle is in fact, Meghan’s father. He also reportedly wants an explanation from Charles about the comments the duke made on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

However, the Prince and Princess of Wales have been at odds for the last several years, according to reports. In 2012, Prince Harry publicly defended Meghan and her father, while Prince Charles allegedly gave Harry bad news that Henry — Charles’ third child with Princess Diana — was believed to be either fathered by a French count or woman who was not married to the prince.

Regardless of his reason for wanting to set the record straight on his daughter’s half-sister, Prince Harry will have to wait until 2019 before fulfilling his quest. All of the interviews are set to take place in March of next year.

Meanwhile, the duke and duchess and their team have partnered with Ancestry to give Americans a behind-the-scenes look at the intimate details of the royal family. As part of the deal, the family tree of British royals will be displayed at the Smithsonian, as well as at various museums. The archive also will be accessible at Ancestry.com for consumers to search by title, state, title, locale and other historical facts.

But the most interesting family member to add to the site is possibly Prince Charles. The duke is rumored to be at odds with some of his sons — not to mention the Duchess of Cornwall — and sources say he’d prefer it if he had another child with Diana. Perhaps he’ll change his mind and be more receptive to having another heir to the throne.

To prepare for that day, Ancestry.com is helping Americans research past and present British royalty.

Learn more about how Ancestry.com has helped people around the world discover their ancestry. Now you can follow in their footsteps.

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