PRINCE Harry appears to have sent shockwaves through the Royal Family with the news that he is writing a revealing book about his life.
He said in a statement that the account of his life would be “accurate and entirely true.”
When will Prince Harry’s book be released?
No exact date has yet been given, but its release is slated for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
A first draft is almost complete, with publication likely at the end of 2022.
Prince Harry is reportedly working with Pulitzer Prize winner JR Moehringer, who wrote memoirs for tennis legend Andre Agassi and Nike co-founder Phil Knight.
Harry has signed with publisher Penguin Random House and will donate all costs to charity after making tens of millions of dollars with Netflix and Spotify.
The title of the book or other details have not been released.
The editor said it was an ‘honest’ and ‘intimate’ autobiography – sparking fears of further revelations after his Oprah interview with Meghan Markle accused the royal family of racism.
A blurb from publisher Penguin Random House reads: “In an intimate and heartfelt memoir of one of the most fascinating and influential global figures of our time, Prince Harry will share, for the very first times, the definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses and life lessons that helped shape it ”.
The blurb says the book will cover “Harry’s life in the public eye, from his childhood to the present day, including his dedication to service, the military duty that twice brought him to the front lines of Afghanistan and the joy he found in being a husband and father ”.
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It also promises “an honest and captivating personal portrait”.
Markus Dohle, CEO of Penguin Random House, said: “All of us at Penguin Random House are delighted to publish Prince Harry’s literary memoir and to see him join the world-renowned leaders, icons and change agents that we have had the privilege of publishing over the years.
“Prince Harry put to good use his extraordinary life experience as a prince, soldier and savvy advocate for social issues, asserting himself as a world leader recognized for his courage and open-mindedness.
“It is for this reason that we are delighted to publish his honest and moving story. “
There were howls of derision from critics after biographer Omid Scobie tweeted that Prince Harry was ‘ready to tell his story’.
A spokesperson for Harry told the BBC he “should not get permission for the Buckingham Palace project”.
An audiobook version will also be published.
What is Prince Harry’s book about?
The Duke of Sussex decided to write about his life even at the relatively tender age of 36.
Harry has vowed to examine the ‘ups and downs’ of his extraordinary life as a royal, which culminated in his bitter separation from the ‘Megxit’ of the royal family.
In a statement from his £ 11million mansion in Montecito, Calif., Harry, 36, said: ‘I am writing this not as the prince I was born to, but as the man I was born with. have become.
“I have worn many hats over the years, literally and figuratively, and I hope that by telling my story – the ups and downs, the mistakes, the lessons learned – I can help show that little no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think.
“I am deeply grateful to have the opportunity to share what I have learned over the course of my life so far and look forward to people reading a first hand account of my life that is accurate and totally. truthful. “
What did the royal family say about the book?
There has been little reaction from the Royal Family so far, as a spokesperson for Harry said he had only told his family, including the Queen, about the book “very recently”.
But a source said: “Harry was quick to contact his family only when he knew the story was coming out – moments before it went public. “
Members of the royal family were blinded by the news.
A source told the Mirror it had triggered a ‘tsunami of fear’, with Buckingham Palace terrified by more explosive claims about Harry and his wife Meghan’s life in the cabinet.
Prince Charles would have been “surprised”.
Well-placed sources said officials at Buckingham Palace had no knowledge of the book.
It’s unclear if Harry – who met his brother William during the unveiling of their mother Diana’s statue this month – has already spoken to the Queen about it.
One said: ‘The Prince of Wales’ visit is scheduled for 18 months. The Sussexes would have known.
“It may not have been on purpose, but it’s another example of miscommunication.
“Harry has been writing these memoirs for a year but his family seems to have been kept in the dark.
“Harry’s decision to publish a book on the family is unprecedented.
“It is clear that no fence was repaired while he was visiting for the unveiling of the statue of Diana. On the contrary, the relationship between Harry and Charles seems to have deteriorated.
A source said: ‘Harry was quick to contact his family only when he knew the story was coming out, moments before it went public. “