Prince Harry to publish literary memoir in late 2022
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Prince Harry will publish his memoirs next year as the Duke of Sussex agreed a reported £15million deal with his publishers. He is believed to have been secretly working on his book for nearly a year, and has gone to a ghostwriter for help as many big names do. The 36-year-old reached an agreement with Penguin Random House and has ensured the book will be an “accurate and wholly truthful” account of his life.
Prince Harry said in a statement: “I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become.
“I’ve worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and my hope is that in telling my story — the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned — I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think.”
He added: “I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I’ve learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a firsthand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”
The Mirror’s Royal Editor Russell Myers told the Pod Save the Queen podcast: “We’ve already had the alleged collaboration with Harry and Meghan of ‘Finding Freedom’ which really didn’t go to plan, because it may have been a bestseller around the world but I don’t think it was well-received by the palace.
“And when you scratch the surface, there was an awful lot of inaccuracies and potential mistruths within it so that is possibly why Harry has come forward to write his own account.
“The fact that he has been working on it in secret for over a year, not told any members of the Royal Family, they were certainly caught on the hop when it was announced.
“I can tell you the royals are none too pleased, certainly people I was speaking to this week have voiced their surprise at such a move.”
Harry and Meghan left royal duties to pursue a more independent life, and also said they wanted more privacy.
But Mr Myers believes that Harry has undermined this by “worrying about what people think of him” and speaking so openly about his royal life via various projects.
He continued: “Rather than going off into the sunset to pursue a life of privacy, he is all too consumed with was people think of him and what narrative is being painted of him, which is completely at odds with what we were told were their reasons were for leaving.
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“No doubt it will be absolutely fascinating, an intimate and heartfelt memoir from his side but I can’t think it will be heartfelt for the people who will no doubt be mentioned in the book.”
A source told Us Weekly recently that William and Charles are “shaken” by the news of the book.
They said: “The royal family is shaken up about the book…particularly concerned about what Harry will reveal.
“They haven’t received a copy yet and don’t know what to expect. It’s making them nervous.”
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