Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, has revealed that he is writing a tell-all memoir which is to be released towards the end of next year.
The memoir will offer an “accurate and wholly truthful” account of his life, but first, he gave the royal family a heads-up about his new endeavor.
Penguin Random House announced on the upcoming memoir on Monday. While Prince Harry has informed the palace on his behalf, a spokesperson said that he would not be expected to obtain permission from Buckingham Palace for the project.
Speaking to PEOPLE about the news, Buckingham Palace declined to comment. “Any clarification about the book would be a question for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” said the Palace.
What is Prince Harry’s memoir about?
Giving details about the upcoming memoir, the Duke of Sussex released a statement writing:
“I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become,” said Harry in a statement on Monday. “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 continued, “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.”
As per reports, Prince Harry is getting at least $20 million upfront to publish his memoirs. The same publisher gave Barack and Michelle Obama a $65 million book deal.
The unnamed memoir, which will cover the renegade royal’s childhood in the public eye, his military duty in Afghanistan, and his journey to becoming a husband to Meghan Markle and father to Archie, 2, and Lilibet Diana, 1 month — will be donating the proceeds from the book and audiobook to charity.
With the announcement of the memoir, the world is excited to know more details and secrets about the British royal family. This big development comes after the explosive Oprah Winfrey interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle that revealed many details about the family troubles faced by the couple after stepping down from their roles.
Keeping the recent past in mind about the trouble between the British Royal family with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the memoir might seem as another plot of upcoming controversy. However, Prince Harry has said he is not writing the book to deliberately hurt his family and has approached it as a way to reflect on his life and correct misinformation.
While Prince Harry is all set to make his literary debut, he isn’t the first member of the royal family to share his story. Before him, Edward, Duke of Windsor — who was Queen Elizabeth’s uncle and had been coronated King Edward VIII before abdicating the throne in 1936 also produced a ghost-written biography titled A King’s Story: The Memoirs of the Duke of Windsor in 1951. The memoir accounts for his royal upbringing to falling in love with the American divorcée and ultimately giving up the position as monarch.
Earlier this year, Meghan Markle also published her children’s book, “The Bench,” with the children’s division of Random House.