Prince Harry's much-anticipated memoir is written and has reportedly been given the final sign-off by his publisher’s lawyers, paving the way for a Christmas release.
Described by his publisher’s Transworld as “an intimate and heartfelt memoir from one of the most fascinating and influential global figures of our time,” the Duke of Sussex’s book is expected to focus on his relationship with his late mother, Diana Princess of Wales, and how her sudden death in August 1997 cast a lasting shadow over this life.
But some royal experts speculate that the prince might also have some choice words to say about his father’s second wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, that could threaten to shatter the fragile peace that exists between Harry and the rest of his family.
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According to a source within the publishing company quoted by The Sun: "The manuscript has been finished and gone through all of the legal processes. It’s done and out of Harry’s hands.
"The publishing date has been pushed back once but it is on track for the end of the year."
The book has been ghost-written by Pulitzer Prize-winning US journalist JR Moehringer, whose memoir of his own difficult upbringing The Tender Bar, is now being made into a movie by Harry and Meghan’s pal, George Clooney.
Moehringer also ghost-wrote tennis champ André Agassi’s 2009 memoir, Open: An Autobiography, which focused on the Wimbledon winner’s difficult relationship with his father.
Harry's relationship with his own father is not seen as particularly close, and the Duke of Sussex hasn't been seen in public with Prince Charles since the move to California in 2020.
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Royal biographer Penny Junor described Charles as a "remote figure".
She told the Daily Beast: "It is a slightly tricky relationship because Charles has always been quite a remote figure, he has always been consumed by work.
"That’s not a product of a lack of love. It’s a product of the fact he is so focused on his work, and the need to make a difference in the world that, like many people who are seeking to make a difference in the world, he has sometimes overlooked friends and loved ones beside him.”
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Transworld have been tight-lipped about the book’s exact release date and there has been no definitive work about its content.
The Duke said: “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.
“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.”
Transworld did not respond to a request for comment before we went to press.
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