When news broke on Monday, July 19, that Prince Harry would be writing a memoir about his life as a royal, Twitter couldn’t wait for all the tea to be spilled. But over at Buckingham Palace, the rest of the family is keeping a tight lid on their reactions.
A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently told People that Prince Harry had spoken privately with his family about the book, due in late 2022 from Penguin Random House, and that asking for permission wasn’t part of that conversation. It was more of a head’s up. When asked to comment on that, Buckingham Palace said only, “Any clarification about the book would be a question for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.” Well, okay then.
“I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become,” said Prince Harry in a statement announcing the project, which will cover his upbringing in the royal family, military service in Afghanistan, and love story with Meghan Markle. “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,” he added. Proceeds from sales of the book will go to charity.
In the publishers’ announcement, the book was described as an “intimate and heartfelt” tome, and the “definitive account” of his fascinating life. The company also promised that the book will “[show] readers that behind everything they think they know lies an inspiring, courageous, and uplifting human story.”
To be fair, that doesn’t sound like a nasty tell-all that would destroy the royal family’s image.
Does anyone know if Queen Elizabeth II has a GoodReads account? We need her thoughts ASAP.