Prince Harry has written an explosive memoir about his life in the royal family which will hit the shelves next year, it has been revealed.
The Duke of Sussex, 36, has been secretly working on the book for nearly a year which he has since sold to Penguin Random House.
Prince Harry has been working with Pulitzer-winning ghostwriter J. R. Moehringer in what is the first time a senior royal has ever written such a book.
The first draft of the manuscript, currently untitled, is said to be almost completely written with the deadline in October.
The proceeds of the deal are likely to be worth millions and, although the exact financial terms were not disclosed, Prince Harry will donate proceeds to charity, according to Random House.
He has himself confirmed: ‘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.’
A blurb from the publisher states: ‘In an intimate and heartfelt memoir from one of the most fascinating and influential global figures of our time, Prince Harry will share, for the very first time, the definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons that have helped shape him.
‘Covering his lifetime in the public eye from childhood to the present day, including his dedication to service, the military duty that twice took him to the frontlines of Afghanistan, and the joy he has found in being a husband and father, Prince Harry will offer an honest and captivating personal portrait, on that shows readers that behind everything they think they know lies an inspiring, courageous and uplifting human story.’
Mr Moehringer has previously written memoirs for a range of other famous faces including tennis legend Andre Agassi and Nike co-founder Phil Knight.
The book deal is likely to only increase the tensions between the Duke of Sussex and the rest of the Firm with relations already strained.
Prince Harry has been separated from brother William, 39, by a rift that began in March 2019 when the Duke of Cambridge reportedly threw Harry and wife Meghan Markle out of Kensington Palace over the alleged bullying of staff – with the Sussexes breaking up their joint foundation.
The gulf was exacerbated when the couple, who stepped down from royal duties in early 2020, moved away from the UK to start a new life after citing the desire for a more private life.
But just four months ago Harry and Meghan made worldwide news during their explosive two-hour interview with Oprah Winfrey near the couple’s home in Montecito, California.
Meghan spoke of feeling lonely and nearly suicidal at six months pregnant before the couple left England and Harry acknowledged tension with his father, Prince Charles, over his decision to step back from his royal duties and his marriage to the biracial American actor.
‘There is a lot to work through there,’ Harry said about his relationship with his father, who was divorced from Diana, Princess of Wales, at the time of her fatal car accident in 1997.
‘I feel really let down. He’s been through something similar. He knows what pain feels like. And Archie (Harry and Meghan’s son) is his grandson. I will always love him, but there is a lot of hurt that has happened.’