Have your say: Would you read Prince Harry's memoirs?

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·Freelance Writer
·2 min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

Senior royals are said to be “despairing” about what exactly will be in Prince Harry’s memoirs, that are due to be released next year.

The Duke of Sussex announced this week that his literary memoir will be an “accurate and wholly truthful” account of his life.

It will cover his lifetime in the public eye, including his time in the military, marriage and fatherhood.

But senior members of the family were reportedly only told about the memoirs shortly before Harry’s publisher, Penguin Random House, announced the deal on Monday, and behind-the-scenes assurances about its content are likely to be sought by royal aides.

Royal author Penny Junor said: “The family must be despairing, this is a man who they all love and he seems to be doing his best to embarrass and damage his family.

“I think it’s a bit early to be writing a proper memoir, I imagine it is self justification and it’s exploring himself, and finding himself, but it’s going to be, I suspect, at other people’s expense.”

Watch: Harry to publish 'wholly truthful' book on his life in 2022

Presenter Piers Morgan has also called on Harry and wife Meghan Markle to be stripped of their royal titles following news of the tell-all book.

Harry said his book will be written “not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become”.

He added: “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.

JULY 19th 2021: Prince Harry The Duke of Sussex to publish a memoir in 2022 about his life in the royal familly. - File Photo by: KGC-178/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 9/23/19 Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in South Africa. Their first engagement was to a Justice Desk initiative in Nyanga township, which teaches children about their rights, self-awareness and safety, and provides self-defence classes and female empowerment training to young girls in the community. The Justice Desk is an NGO supported by The Queen's Commonwealth Trust, of which The Duke serves as President and The Duchess as Vice-President. To date, the Justice Desk has directly assisted over 35,000 individuals, schools and communities. On arrival at Nyanga Methodist Church, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met Jessica Dewhurst, Justice Desk Founder and Queen's Young Leader, and Theodora Luthuli, Justice Desk Community Leader. Jessica took Their Royal Highnesses on a walking tour of various activities taking place. Moving into the learning centre, Theodora introduced them to her mother and the centre's founder, Sylvia Hobe. Harry and Meghanl then observed the Mbokodo Girls' Empowerment programme, which provides self-defence classes and female empowerment training to young girls who have suffered major trauma. The project's motto is, 'waithint' abafazi wathint'imbokodo' (when you strike a women; you strike a rock). The session then began with the students reciting 'Our Deepest Fear,' the club's anthem. The girls then broke off into four training groups. Harry and Meghan were then escorted around the groups to learn about the purpose of each of the activities, before coming back together to form a circle where the girls had an opportunity to have a discussion with them in a private setting. Afterwards, Harry & Meghan left the learning centre, followed by the girls singing their team anthem.
Prince Harry will lift the lid on his marriage to Meghan Markle. (Getty)

“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 first hand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful.”

Home-life during the break-up of the Prince and Princess of Wales’ marriage, the period of Diana’s death and its aftermath, Harry’s relationship with Camilla and past girlfriends are likely to form part of the book.

Harry has been collaborating with a ghost writer, journalist J R Moehringer, on the memoirs, which have yet to have a title.

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrive for the unveiling of a statue of their mother, Princess Diana at The Sunken Garden in Kensington Palace, London on July 1, 2021, which would have been her 60th birthday. - Princes William and Harry set aside their differences on Thursday to unveil a new statue of their mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 60th birthday. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DOMINIC LIPINSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Prince Harry's relationship with brother William may feature in the memoirs. (Getty)

The duke has reportedly been working on a first draft for a year and the book could be published at the end of 2022, coinciding with the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

Harry will be donating the proceeds of the book to charity, it is said.

Read more: Why Harry's not the first royal to reveal all in print

Watch: Prince Harry and Meghan announce new Netflix animated series

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting